The Ocala Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition is in it’s 29th year and rewards talented young musicians.

One of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s missions is to motivate, encourage and enhance the musical careers of outstanding young musicians, and to assist them by providing an opportunity to be a soloist with a professional orchestra.

Instrument and voice students ages 12-25, who are enrolled as music students either with an educational institution or a private teacher throughout the U.S, are encouraged to compete. Semifinalists audition in front of a live audience, and one Junior division and one Senior division winner are chosen to perform their concerto as a soloist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra during a season subscription performance, in addition to a $1,000 cash reward.

The Young Artist Competition is Sponsored by



Additional private support is provided by Stan and Martha Hanson, The David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, and Drs. Betty Ann and Felipe Korzenny.



The Young Artist Competition takes place in January of each year, and applications and information will be available in December 2020. Please check back then for more information and to apply!
29th Annual Young Artist Competition Winners

Gabe Galley, viola – Senior Division Winner

Gabe performed “Fantasie for Viola and Orchestra in G Minor” by Johann Hummel during our 29th Annual Young Artist Competition. His exquisite technique blew the judges away and we cannot wait to see his next performance on March 21 and 22 during the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s “The Life and Time of Beethoven.”

About Gabe

Gabe Galley has been playing viola for nine years and is currently in his first year as a Lynn Conservatory student. Since entering high school, he has found success in local, regional, and national orchestra competitions including Eastern Regionals, Allstate, NEMFA, All-East, and NAfME, whose festivals range from Vermont to Disney World. In addition to orchestral achievements, he also earned first prize in the CT-ASTA solo competition with the Walton viola concerto and performed the Stamitz viola concerto with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His professors have included Gabriel Remillard, Lu Friedman, and Ralph Fielding. While Gabe is keen on learning new solo repertoire on his own and at summer festivals such as the Tanglewood Institute and The Castleman Quartet Program, he maintains a strong passion for chamber music.

Bethany Bobbs, cello – Junior Division Winner

Bethany performed “Cello Concerto in A Minor – I. Nicht zu schnell” by RobertSchumann during our 29th Annual Young Artist Competition. At just 16 years old, Bethany performed like a true professional and like Gabe, we are very excited to see what she brings to the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s “The Life and Time of Beethoven.”

About Bethany

Bethany Bobbs is a scholarship student in the Juilliard School Pre College and the Perlman Music Program.  Bethany studies cello with Sieun Lin and Astrid Schween, and piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.made her piano solo orchestral debut at the age of 8, performing with the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra.  She made her cello solo orchestra debut at the age of 9, also performing with the Cleveland Institute Chamber Orchestra. Recently Bethany won 1st place at the Vernell Gregg National Young Artist competition as well as the Ocala National Young Artist competition, and she looks forward to performing with these two symphonies.  As a winner of the prestigious YoungArts program, Bethany had the honor to attend their New York regional program in 2019 and work with young artists, dancer, musicians and writers from across United States. Besides performing, Bethany enjoys helping others.  In 2015-2017, Bethany won the Doing Good Music Scholarship for her charitable concerts which include performing for cancer clinics, preschools, and retirement homes.  Bethany has taught young pianists and cellist as well as tutored young orchestral players and performs regularly for her church as well as for the Christian Care Center, a senior citizen residency.