Commissioning Club


Each year, Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Commissioning Club supports the creation of a new chamber music work, which is premiered during our Summer Festival in July.

Whether you are a long-time new music lover or you are newly curious about contemporary composition, the Commissioning Club is for you! Open to all, members receive access to 3 celebratory and communal club gatherings which feature lectures about the upcoming commission and the composer. Club meetings are held at the Center for Chamber Music and serves as a chance for new music lovers to spend an afternoon connecting and learning together over refreshments and music.


To participate, members pay a minimum yearly fee of $300. If the membership fee is prohibitive to your participation in the club at this time, please contact Ali Friedman at

It is through your efforts and participation that Seattle Chamber Music Society is able to sponsor the creation of compelling new chamber music that can be shared with future generations to come. Thank you for joining the club!

2022 Commission – Stewart Goodyear

We are thrilled to be presenting Stewart Goodyear as this year’s Commissioning Club Composer! He is composing an octet (for 2 violins, viola, cello, double-bass, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) which will be premiered at our Summer Festival in July.

In addition to having worked with many of the world’s greatest orchestras as a performer and composer, Stewart Goodyear has gained world renown for performing all 32 Beethoven Sonatas in a single day. Hailed as “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times, Goodyear has several acclaimed recordings, including two Juno-nominated albums. Mr. Goodyear received his training from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the Curtis Institute, and The Juilliard School.

We are thrilled to announce that Stewart will serve as both composer and lecturer for the 2022 season of the Commissioning Club. This year’s meetings will take place at the Center for Chamber Music with the option to join over zoom for all meetings. Mr. Goodyear will join the first two meetings via zoom and will present in-person at the Center for Chamber Music for the final lecture.

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting 1:

Form of Composition

Learn more about the history and compositional form of the octet

March 13, 2022 at 3pm PST
at the Center for Chamber Music

Meeting 2:

Stewart Goodyear’s Compositional Influences

Learn about what has shaped Stewart Goodyear’s compositional style

April 10, 2022 at 3pm PST at the Center for Chamber

Meeting 3:

Introduction to the 2022 Commissioned Work

Gain access to an exclusive overview of the 2022 commission and hear about highlights and themes to listen of the new commission from the composer.

May 12, 2022 at 7pm PST at the Center for Chamber Music

*All Commissioning Club meetings are held in person at the Center for Chamber Music.


Now supporting it’s 16th commission, the Seattle Chamber Music Society Commissioning Club was created in 2007 with the intent of supporting up and coming composers and continuing to expand contemporary chamber music repertoire. To see a complete list of commissions, click here.