Bethany Bobbs, age 14, is a scholarship student in the Juilliard School Pre College, a training center for advance pre-college musicians. Bethany studies cello with Sieun Lin and Brinton Smith, and piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.
Bethany made her piano solo orchestral debut at the age of 8, performing the Haydn Concerto in D Major 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. She has subsequently gone on to solo with the Georgia Philharmonic Symphony, The Fort Bend Symphony, Brazosport Symphony, The Houston Symphony of the North, The Houston Youth Symphony, and The Sewanee Music Festival Orchestra twice as their concerto winner for two years in a row. Bethany has won grand prize in the Houston Symphony of the North Young Artist competition, 1 st place in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival concerto competitions, 1 st place in the Brazosport Symphony Concerto Competition, 1 st place in the Houston Music Teachers Assn. Concerto Competition, 1 st Place in the Georgia Philharmonic Symphony Young Artist Competition, and 3 rd place, being one of the youngest competitors, in the prestigious Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition, 1 st place in the Houston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and first place in the Houston Music Teachers Assn Piano Competition and Baroque Festival. In 2016, Bethany won 3 rd place in the National Federation of Music Teachers Association Stillman Kelly Award, a national piano and instrumental competition, as well as the Mary Alice Cox Cello Award, their youngest winner on record. Bethany recently won the New Jersey MTNA state string competition, and will compete for the Northeastern Division in January 2018.
Bethany was the youngest winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship competition when she was 7 years old. In 2011, she received the Ohio’s prestigious Elementary Buckeye String Award and performed for their Music Teachers State Convention. In 2014, Bethany received 1 st place in the TMTA junior strings all-star competition. Besides performing, Bethany enjoys helping others. Recently, 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 as well as tutoring young orchestral players.
Bethany has enjoyed summer study in such prestigious music festivals as Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, Sewanee Music Festival, Tennessee, Conservatory Music in the Mountains, Colorado, Kinhaven Chamber Junior Program, Vermont, Indiana String Academy, Indiana, Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Sonata Festival, Ohio, and the Interlochen Arts Academy, Advanced Junior String Program in Michigan on merit scholarship. Bethany won the opportunity to perform on the Next Generation subscription series at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in 2013, and on the Spotlight Recital Series at Aspen Music Festival in 2016. This last summer, Bethany attended the Perlman Music Program in New York where she studied with Astrid Schweed, Clara Kim and Deborah Pae. In December, Bethany will be attending the Sarasota Perlman Music Festival, and will study with Paul Katz.
In addition to performing solo, Bethany enjoys playing chamber and orchestra music. She 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. Bethany has enjoyed orchestra since the young age of 5, the youngest member of the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory. After moving to Houston, at age 10, Bethany became the youngest member of Houston Youth Symphony’s highest orchestra.
Bethany has taken masterclasses with Joshua Roman, Richard Aaron, Richard Weiss, Desmond Hoebig, Stephen and Brinton Smith. Being the youngest of 8 children, Bethany has been raised with a musical foundation. Bethany has enjoyed meeting new musical friends at the academy, and looks forward to continue to perform with these incredible musicians.