Young Artists

In our commitment to fostering tomorrow’s musicians today, Seattle Symphony provides opportunities for pre-college and college students to take their musicianship to the next level. From composing original chamber works that will be premiered by Seattle Symphony musicians to performing onstage as a soloist or alongside symphony musicians, developing musicians craft their art through a wide range of Young Artist programs.

The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop gives students the opportunity to work on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts. The workshop began in 1992, under the direction of Music Director Gerard Schwarz and former Composer in Residence Bright Sheng, and was originally named in honor of David Diamond, one of America’s greatest composers and the Symphony’s longtime Honorary Composer in Residence. Due to the generous support of Seattle Symphony patron Pamela Merriman and the Merriman Family, the legacy of David Diamond continues, providing young composers with the opportunity to hone their skills and develop their own creative voices.

In the 2017-2018 season, young composers will have the opportunity to work with Workshop Director, Alexandra Gardner a renowned female composer, along with other Seattle Symphony guest artists and composers.


  • December 15, 2017: All application materials are DUE and must be postmarked by this date
  • March 7, 2018: Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop class series begins
  • June 4, 2018: Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop concert

For more information about the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, please contact us at 206.336.6613 or

Young Artist Auditions

Young musicians who have achieved an extraordinary level of performance on their chosen instrument are given the opportunity to go through the audition process with the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, staff and musicians. This experience is provided free of charge to applicants and is an integral part of the Symphony’s commitment to youth, music education and community.

All instruments are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a written application, a recording with an accompaniment, list of prepared orchestra repertoire, letter of recommendation, biography and headshot. The first taped round is judged by a panel of Seattle Symphony musicians. The final round is a live audition for a panel including Music Director Ludovic Morlot on April 17, 2018. A select number of Young Artists will have the opportunity to be featured with the Seattle Symphony in the 2018-2019 season.


  • February 16, 2018: All application materials are DUE and must be postmarked by this date
  • April 17, 2018: Live auditions at Benaroya Hall
Side-By-Side Concerts

The Seattle Symphony will give four free Side-by-Side concerts with local youth and adult orchestras. These concerts reflect Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony musicians’ dedication to mentoring the next generation of young artists.

Concerts in the 2016–2017 season will feature West Seattle Community Orchestra, Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra, University of Washington Symphony Orchestra and Roosevelt High School Symphony Orchestra


Contact Us

For general questions and other inquiries about Young Artist programs please contact us at 206.336.6613 or