Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Youth Programs //

Developing Young Listeners and Performers…

Thank you for helping us bring over 100 students to our 2015 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 very soon 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. Both will perform at the Wednesday, July 20 Pre-Concert Recital at 7:00pm.


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Our 2016 Judges:

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

Julie Albers
International concert cellist
Assistant Professor, McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Max Levinson
International concert pianist
Faculty at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Lorna McGee
International concert flutist
Principal flute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Karen P. Thomas
Artistic/Executive Director, Seattle Pro Musica
Choral conductor and composer

Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist

Sarah Ioannides
Music Director, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
International conductor

Julian Schwarz
International concert cellist

Stephen Stubbs
GRAMMY Award-winning conductor
Lutenist and early music specialist

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 2016 Winter Festival, KING FM host, Marta Zekan, narrates Mozart – Boy Genius! with musical performances by the St. Helens Quartet, and two extremely talented young musicians, including a KING FM Young Artist Award semi-finalist and . 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.

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

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.


Pictures from past Chamber Music in the Classroom, Family Concert, and Masterclass events!