The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra has a history of encouraging young musicians to work with the seasoned musicians of the orchestra. One such way is to showcase local talent through the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition.
- The MSO Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to all current high school students who reside and attend school in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Mercer Counties.
- Applicants are accepted on the following instruments: Woodwind, Brass, String and Tuned Percussion. We cannot accept applications for piano or vocal. Previous winners are ineligible.
- Applications are due by (TBA).
- Application will be available in Fall of 2020.
- The winner will perform with the MSO on one concert of the following season!
2020 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner: Susanna Bobbs
Marlboro Township resident Susanna Bobbs began her study of the violin and piano at the age of four. Through much of her life, she has been soloing with ensembles such as the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony North of Houston and other professional groups. Susanna studies with Frank Huang, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and is currently home schooled.
Coming from a musical family and being surrounded by music all her life, Susanna reflects: "I think what I like about music the most is that is allows one to communicate feelings without saying them. I am a quiet person, but music can communicate my emotions. I also love playing with others. Music has allowed me to meet and perform with people from all parts of the world. I have had so many amazing opportunities come to me through music and I have a special bond with my musical comrades.”
Susanna will perform with the MSO next season.
2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner: Hannah Lin
Holmdel High School student Hannah Lin is very excited to work with the Monmouth Symphony and Associate Conductor, Barbara Santoro. Currently a student of Amy Tu, Hannah successfully auditioned for the Central Jersey Music Educator's Region II High School Band and is a member of the Plus One Flute Quintet. Aside from her activities with the Holmdel High School Band program, under the direction of John Koryat, Hannah is involved with the Student Government as Student Advisory Board Representative, Board of Education Representative and has competed in the New Jersey Science League in engineering and science. She is also a member of the High School Varsity Swim Team. Hannah performed the Georges Hue Fantasie for Flute.