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 seventh-annual Young Artist Awards Competition in partnership with Classical KING FM 98.1! There are three categories this year, ages 6-15, ages 16-20, and new this year an ensemble category open to chamber groups ages 13-23. To apply for the competition, submit a five-minute video entry for consideration. SCMS also awards 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 Marley Erickson and Kristy Park, winners of the 2017 Young Artist Awards Competition and the Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award.

Submit your video entry and read the competition rules here.


Our 2018 Judges:

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

Edward Arron
faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

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

Seth Krimsky
Seattle Symphony, Principal Bassoon
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Adam Neiman
International concert pianist
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Our 2016 Judges:

Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist

Judith Cohen
Concert pianist
Artistic Director, Governor’s Chamber Music Series (Olympia)

Sarah Ioannides
Music Director, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
International conductor

Victoria Parker
Concert violinist
Co-founder, North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO)



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 2018 Summer Festival, join us for a musical version of Peter the Rabbit with narration, as well as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (made famous in Disney’s Fantasia), and traditional folk music of Venezuela. Other selections include music by Mozart and Shostakovich. 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 Classical KING-FM 98.1.



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 Artistic Director 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!