SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition winners for 2018 will perform with the Orchestra in a free concert on May 20, beginning at 2 p.m., at Summit High School.
The three talented musicians are:
Susanna Bobbs, 15 (Washington Township) is the youngest of eight children, was born into a musical family surrounded by siblings learning various instruments. She began studying the violin and piano at age four and has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Houston Baroque Chamber Orchestra in 2014, the Brazosport Symphony in May of 2016 and 2017 and the Symphony North of Houston this past December. Recently she won first place in the NFMC National Stillman Kelly Competition, Music Doing Good Scholarship, The BAMTA/San Jacinto High School Instrumental Competition and the Brazosport Symphony Concerto Competition.
Susanna Bobbs started her violin studies with Becky Ensworth and Stephen Simms in Cleveland OH, continued her studies with Arkady Fomin, Frank Huang, former principal of the Houston Symphony, and, on occasion, Paul Kantor of Rice University. Having moved to the New York area, she is now continuing her studies with Frank Huang, the new concert master of the New York Philharmonic, and studies piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.
Flutist Alyssia Liu, age 16 (Parsippany) is currently a sophomore at Villa Walsh Academy and studies flute with Diana Charos Reilly. She has been a member of New Jersey Youth Symphony for five years, and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York, and New Jersey Performing Art Center as a soloist. She is also a New Jersey State Archery Medalist.
Bethany Bobbs, age 14 (Washington Township) is a scholarship student in the Juilliard School Pre College, a training center for advance pre-college musicians. She studies cello with Sieun Lin and Brinton Smith, and piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.
Bethany Bobbs was the youngest winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship competition when she was seven-ears-old. In 2011, she received the Ohio’s prestigious Elementary Buckeye String Award and performed for their Music Teachers State Convention. In 2014, she received first place in the TMTA junior strings all-star competition. Besides performing, she enjoys helping others and, recently, won the Doing Good Music Scholarship for her charitable concerts which include performing for cancer clinics, preschools, and retirement homes.
Bethany Bobbs has taught young pianists as well as tutoring young orchestral players.
In addition to performing solo, she enjoys playing chamber and orchestra music and was selected with her chamber group to be a part of the Elite Houston Young Artist Program and performed for my charitable and community concerts. Her chamber group at the Sewanee Music Festival were chosen to play at the final gala concert. Her chamber group at the Aspen Music Festival, through audition, was chosen to perform in their Spotlight Recital.
Summit High School is located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard.