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Thursday, January 19, 2023

2023 Young Artist Competition winners to perform with Ocala Symphony Orchestra in March

The 2023 Young Artist Competition crowned two winners during an Honors Recital that was held this past weekend at the Reilly Arts Center.

On Saturday, January 14, piano, voice, and instrumental students between the ages of 15 and 25 competed on the Reilly Arts Center stage for a chance to perform with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra during its subscription concert in March.

The Senior Division featured four performers: 21-year-old Jordan McCready (mezzo-soprano), 20-year-old Lillian Yim (cello), 24-year-old Owen Nichols (saxophone), and 25-year-old Jay Julio (viola).

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The Senior Division finalists: Jordan McCready (top left), Lillian Yim (top right), Owen Nichols (bottom left), and Jay Julio (bottom right) – Photos: Ocala Symphony Orchestra

The Junior Division also featured four performers: 17-year-old Isabelle Tseng (violin), 16-year-old Matthew Phan (piano), 15-year-old Rianne Lee (cello), and 16-year-old Sophie De (violin).

The 32nd annual Young Artist Competition finalists in junior division
The Junior Division finalists: Isabelle Tseng (top left), Matthew Phan (top right), Rianne Lee (bottom left), and Sophie De (bottom right) – Photos: Ocala Symphony Orchestra

After the performers took the stage, the two winners were announced: Jay Julio (25) won the Senior Division with his performance of Viola Concerto by William Walton, and Isabelle Tseng (17) won the Junior Division with her rendition of Tzigane by Maurice Ravel.

2023 Young Artist Competition winners to perform with Ocala Symphony Orchestra in March
The 2023 Young Artist Competition winners: 25-year-old Jay Julio (left) and 17-year-old Isabelle Tseng (right) – Photo: Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Julio and Tseng both received a cash prize of $1,800. Additionally, they will get to perform their concerto live with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra during its subscription concert “Youthful Renderings” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.

For more information, visit the Reilly Arts Center website.