University of Wyoming Winston Choi
Chicago College of Performing Arts Stephen Drury
New England Conservatory Thomas Lymenstull
University of Southern California VIOLIN/VIOLA
Northwestern University Ann Setzer
Mannes College CELLO/STRING BASS
"The Seattle Young Artists Music Festival provides an exceptional opportunity for young musicians to perform. The concerto competition and culminating concerto concert with symphony orchestra demonstrates the high level of artistry our local young musicians have achieved."
Dr. Robin McCabe
Director Emeritus, School of Music
University of Washington
About the Festival
The Seattle Young Artists Music Festival is open to young muscians between the ages of 10 and 18 who are striving to improve their artistry in the performance of classical music.
The week-long event gives young artists a unique opportunity to be heard, adjudicated, and inspired.
Instrumentalists in piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and harp perform individually and receive masterclass instruction and adjudication in an unparalleled educational experience. Students perform individually or in small groups before professional music educators whose mission is to nurture confidence and guide students toward improved technical and musical performance.
Adjudicators from around the country are brought to Seattle just for this event and include faculty members and performing artists from the best conservatories in America. Past Adjudicators include representatives from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, Juilliard, Eastman, Curtis Institute, The Cleveland Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, and other top tier music institutions.
Competitive and Non-Competitive Divisions
Students entering the festival can choose between the Competitve Division, which offers selected winners a chance to perform with a Symphony Orchestra, or the Non-Competitve Division for young artists seeking the performance and instructional aspects of the Festival without the pressures of a competitive environment. Those who do enjoy the challenge of competition have the opportunity to be selected as concerto finalists, where the most accomplished are invited to perform with a professional orchestra. This experience helps prepare aspiring young musicians for the rigors and rewards of performance careers.
The six-day festival has enabled more than 600 young people each year since 1970 to perform and experience music in a way not otherwise available to them, and serves as a powerful motivation for the countless hours of practice and effort put forth by young classical music students throughout the year.
All performances of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival are open to the public. Teachers are welcome to attend and to observe the techniques of other educators in their fields. Music lovers, arts supporters, and young people, especially, are encouraged to attend the festival and discover for themselves the magic of music and the joy of performance.