Our annual competition and outreach program takes outstanding young artists to communities throughout Washington state for performance and educational outreach opportunities.
The Frances Walton Competition is open to classical performers of piano, voice, strings and wind instruments, ages 20-35, who are residents or students in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California, or Alaska. Four soloist awards of $3,000 are presented, and a small ensemble award from $3,000 to $12,000 ($3,000 per member of winning group). In addition, all finalists in the competition receive an award of $250 after performing in the live finals on June 4, 2016.
The competition finals are open to the public, and winners are presented in recital in Seattle on the evening of the finals. Both events are free of charge. In September, the winners participate in outreach tours, traveling in Washington state, presenting public recitals and visiting schools to perform and answer students’ questions about music.
To enter the 2016 competition, download the information about the competition and tours, the application - either solo or small ensemble version - and the repertoire form. Be sure to read the information about the tours thoroughly before deciding to enter. Please, email with any questions regarding requirements, instrument eligibility, repertoire, the tours or anything else you might need to have clarified. Applications must be mailed by March 31. The finals will be held June 4.
The three tours of the four solo winners and one small ensemble winner will be held from Sunday, Sept. 11 to Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.
Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, piano
Cameron O'Connor, guitar
Erik Steighner, saxophone
Jae Eun "Jenny" Shin, flute
Micah Wright, clarinet
Small ensemble winner
Equus Sax Quartet
Soren Hamm, soprano saxophone, Matt Birminham, alto saxophone, David Hoogkamer, tenor saxophone, David Decker, baritone saxophone
Friction String Quartet - Otis Harriel, violin, Kevin Rogers, violin, Taija Warbelow, viola, Douglas Machiz, cello
Benjamin Adler, clarinet
Jeff Siegfried, saxophone
Joshua Romatoski, flute
Aaron Conitz, viola
Ching-Yeuh 'Andrew' Chen, piano
Andrew Harrison, saxophone
Chloé Tardif, violin; Nickolas Kaynor, viola
Equus Sax Quartet - Soren Hamm, soprano saxophone, Matt Birminham, alto saxophone, David Hoogkamer, tenor saxophone, David Decker, baritone saxophone
Here are our 2013 Awards Tour competition winners, selected on June 8.
Jacob Adams, viola
Rachel Policar, soprano
Linda Tsatsanis, soprano
Stefan Van Sant, clarinet
Alternate winners are Douglas Kwon, violin and Elizabeth Yao, piano
Royce String Quartet
Mira Khomik, violin; Leila Nassar-Fredell, violin; Din Sung, viola; Sean Fischer, cello
Congratulations to all!
Here are the Awards Tour winners in each instrument category since the competitions began.
Puget Sound Saxophone Quartet (2012): Joseph Bozich, Jamie Rottle, Chester Baughman, Chase Nicholson
Royce String Quartet (2013): Miroslava (Mira) Khomik, violin; Leila Nassar-Fredell, violin; Din Sung, viola; Sean Fischer, cello
Simon Shiao (1991), Adrianna Hulscher (1989, 1997), Sunny Lee (1993), Rachel Snow (1995), John S. Kim (1998), James Garlick (2006), Rebecca Hunter (2007), Jennifer Caine (2008), Melody Lee (2011), Jae-In Shin (2012)
Karie Prescott (1985), Scott Ligoki (1989,92), Charles Noble (1994), Mara Lise Gearman (2003), Zach Dellinger (2009), Jacob Adams (2013)
Wendy Parson (1985), Ian Ginsburg (1986), Elizabeth Simkin (1990), Darrett Adkins (1993), Parke Burgess (1994), Rajan Krishnaswami (1996), Julia Kostenko (1997), Kevin Krentz (2001), Jeffrey C. Wang (2003), Elinor Frey (2004), Brian Wharton (2007), Meta Weiss (2012)
Juliete Stratton (1990)
Hilary Field (1993), Michael Partington (1999), Michael LeFevre (2001), Luis Millan (2005)
Geisa Dutra (1985), Terry Spiller (1985), Yuka Sasaki (1986), Chi Ru Jou (1987), Monty Carter (1988), Anthony Padilla (1990), Matt Goodrich (1991), Peter Mack (1992), Sooyeon Kwon (1993), Helena Azevedo-Jordan (1994), Stef-Albert Bothma (1995), Nancy Im (1995), Sarah Chan (1996), Yuhri Hirata (1997), Alexander Tutunov (1998), Wendy Yamashita (1999), Yu-Ting Chen (2000), Dainius Vaicekonis (2000), Natalya V. Kalendarev (2002), Jeremy Samolesky (2002), Gustavo Andres Pelaez (2004), Mio Aoike (2005), Jeffrey Savage (2006), Tanya Karyagina (2007), Thomas Lee (2008), Eugenia Jeong (2009), Kay Zavislak (2010), David Brooks (2010), Rajung Yang (2011), Iejin Rhee (2012), Mayumi Tayake (2012)
Barbara Custer (1986), Heidi Lynn Grant (1987), Michaela Gurevich (1991), Jacinta Koreski (1992), Kelley Nassief (1994), Kathleen Taylor (1996), Song Kim (1999), Karen E. Urlie (2001), Anne Carolyn Bird (2003), Cristina Villareale (2006), Holly Boaz (2007), Megan Hart (2009), Rachel Policar (2013), Linda Tsatsanis (2013)
Melissa Plagemann (2004)
Jeffrey Francis (1989), Kerry Jennings (1998), Samuel J. Ludwig Rodarte (2002)
John Armstrong (1985), Philip Cutlip (1987), Keith A. Harris (1999), Charles Turley (2005)
Danielle Rangelle (1989,1991), Laurie Lake (1992), Darrin Thaves (2000), Jasmine Hedric(2001), Renée Baldridge (2008), Justin Lee (2010), Esther Fredrickson (2011)
Shannon Spicciati (1997), Yuh-Pey Lin (2003), Alison Lowell (2008)
Megan Watson (2005), Jeffrey Brooks (2010), Stefan Van Sant (2013)
Kimm Brockett Stammen (1995), Rhett Bender (1998), Karen Roll Gardener (2000), Dana Booher (2009)
Daniel Helseth (1997), Jason Gilliam (2002)
Mark Babbitt (2004), Philip Brown (2006)
Curtis Peacock (2011)