Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Youth Programs //

Developing Young Listeners and Performers…

Thank you for helping us bring over 60 students to our 2016 Festivals through our Scholarship Ticket Program. Young music students were able to attend our performances, many who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.


We are excited to be launching our fifth-annual Young Artist Awards Competition in partnership with Classical KING FM 98.1! All young musicians in Washington State from ages 6 to 20 are encouraged to send in a five-minute video entry for consideration. SCMS will be awarding a special prize: the Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award – a chance to perform with and be coached by Festival musicians during our Summer Festival. Plus, the top 10 finalists get to perform live on the radio!

Congratulations to Alexander Lu and Takumi Taguchi, winners of the 2016 Young Artist Awards Competition and the Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award.

Submit your video entry and read the competition rules here.


Our 2017 Judges:

James Ehnes
International concert violinist
Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society

David Harding
Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington, Seattle
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Orion Weiss
Concert Pianist
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Our 2016 Judges:

Karen P. Thomas
Artistic/Executive Director, Seattle Pro Musica
Choral conductor and composer
Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist

Sean MacLean
KING FM Announcer

Sarah Ioannides
Music Director, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
International conductor
Pablo Rus Broseta
Associate Conductor, Seattle Symphony



Engaging concerts for 5-10 year olds and their families to experience chamber music in an entertaining and educational format with a pre-concert hands-on musical activity. During the 2017 Winter Festival, travel the railroads with Seattle’s Skyros Quartet in a musical narration of the beloved classic The Little Engine That Could. Selections from chamber music favorites by Dvorák, Beethoven, Schubert and an arrangement of Brubeck’s Take 5 will accompany the narration and bring the story of overcoming challenges to life. All aboard! All tickets are $12 and are general admission.

Prior to the concert there is a FREE musical instrument “petting zoo” beginning at 10:00 am, courtesy of Music Center of the Northwest.



Chamber Music in the Classroom @ Ballard HS

SCMS provides Teaching Artists to perform, as well as form and coach Chamber Music ensembles in public middle and high school music programs. In 2015, our Teaching Artists coached the students of Ballard, Cleveland, Roosevelt and West Seattle High Schools, and Whitman, Hamilton and Madison Middle Schools.



Master Class
A Festival artist coaches young chamber music ensemble from local youth orchestras, conservatories, and colleges. The coaches have included AD and violinist James Ehnes, cellists Bion Tsang and Andrés Díaz, violists David Harding and Toby Appel, pianist Jeewon Park and Max Levinson with the students of the University of Washington School of Music, Seattle University, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Academy of Music Northwest.


Here are some pictures from our Family Concert, Masterclasses,  and Chamber Music in the Classroom!