Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Youth Programs //

Developing Young Listeners and Performers…

During our 2015 Festivals we want to bring 100 students to join us for world class chamber music concerts at Benaroya Hall where they will hear some of the finest musicians in the world playing this music.

For every $16 donated we can provide a ticket to two students to join us for one of our concerts thanks to the Raynier Institute and Foundation via Power2Give/ArtsFund which will match dollar for dollar your donations towards this project.

CLICK HERE to donate and see your impact double!!

We are excited to be launching very soon our fourth-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!

Check back in February to submit your video entry. In the meantime, you can read the competiton rules and check the schedule below.

Competition Schedule
February 2, 2015: Competition submission period begins
April 6, 2015 6am: All contest submissions due
April 6, 2015 – April 20: Judges deliberate and choose finalists
April 21, 2015: Top 10 finalists posted on for public voting
May 22, 2015, 11:59pm: Listener voting period ends
May 15 and 22, 2015, 8pm: NW Focus LIVE concerts featuring 10 finalists
May 26, 2015: Winners announced
June 5, 2015, 8pm: Winners perform on NW Focus LIVE

1. Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award
2. The top ten finalists perform in a live broadcast on either May 15 or May 22, 2015.
3. The Grand Prize Winners will perform in a live broadcast on June 5 and at select outdoor concerts in Summer 2015. They may also be invited to perform in community concerts through April 2016.

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Our Judges:

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

Amy Schwartz Moretti
Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Rebecca Albers
Assistant Principal violist, Minnesota Orchestra
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Ben Hausmann
Principal oboist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Bion Tsang
Professor of Cello at the University of Texas Butler School of Music
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Melinda Bargreen
Music writer, critic, composer, teacher

Karen P. Thomas
Choral conductor, composer

Sean MacLean
KING FM Announcer
Host of NW Focus
Musician and composer

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 2015 Winter Festival, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky reading from his collection of humorous verses, with musical accompaniment for chamber ensemble by Lucas Richman. 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 will be coaching 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.


Here are some pictures from our 2013 Spring Chamber Music in the Classroom, and Winter Family Concert and Masterclass!