Student Programs


Developing Young Listeners and Performers:


We solicit SCMS subscribers to donate additional funds through our Scholarship Ticket Program. In 2018, the generosity of these donors allowed us to bring nearly 50 students to our Festivals. Young people with an interest in arts and music were able to attend our chamber music performances, many who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

We are excited to be continuing our annual Young Artist Awards Competition in partnership with Classical KING FM 98.1! All young classical 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 cash prize and a chance to be coached by Festival musicians. Plus, the winners in each category get to perform live on the radio! More details will be available closer to when submissions open on February 19, 2021. The deadline for enties is March 22, 2021

2021 judges include SCMS Artistic Director James Ehnes.

List of the 2021 Judges: (more will be announced shortly)

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

Andrés Díaz
Faculty at Meadows School of Music at SMU and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Anton Nel
Chair of Piano at Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist



Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist


SCMS provides professional Teaching Artists to middle and high school orchestras in the Seattle Public School system. Our Chamber Music in the Classroom program enables students to learn and perform small ensemble music with individual instruction from some of Seattle’s talented local musicians and music educators. In 2018, our Teaching Artists coached the students of Ballard, Roosevelt, Chief Sealth, and West Seattle High Schools, and Whitman, Hamilton, and Madison Middle Schools.