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 chance to be coached by Festival musicians and to perform during our Summer Festival. Plus, the top finalists in each category get to perform live on the radio! More details will be available closer to when submissions open on January 24, 2019.

2019 judges include SCMS Artistic Director James Ehnes.

List of the 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
Concert Pianist
Seattle Chamber Music Society Artist

Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist

Judith Cohen
Artistic/Executive Director, Seattle Pro Musica
Choral conductor and composer

Victoria Parker
President and Co-Founder of the North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO)


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.