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 (YCW) is a training program for advanced pre-college composers in the Puget Sound region, offered in collaboration with the University of Washington School of Music. Over the course of 12 weeks, young composers have the opportunity to work with leading composition professors in the region and develop their skills by creating new works of art, culminating in a world premiere chamber concert at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Symphony musicians.

Thanks to our partnership with the UW School of Music, this season will feature the instruments of Harry Partch. Partch (1901–74) was a composer who wrote in a tuning system called just intonation; he invented and built a collection of fantastical musical instruments specifically designed for performing his music. The UW School of Music is the current home to the original instruments designed and built by the composer. This year’s YCW Director is Charles Corey, who is a composition professor at the University of Washington and the Instrumentarium Director at The Harry Partch Institute at the University of Washington. He will guide students in composing new works for Partch’s unique instrument collection alongside traditional orchestra instruments.

DEADLINE: All application materials must be postmarked by Friday, December 16, 2016.

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, performance recording, list of prepared orchestra repertoire, letter of recommendation, biography and headshot. Once vetted, applicants are selected by a Seattle Symphony artistic panel for the live audition on April 20, 2017. Young Artists chosen from auditions have the opportunity to be featured with the Seattle Symphony in the 2017–2018 season.

DEADLINE: All application materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 10, 2017


  • Andrew Angelos, horn, 18
  • Nathan Lee, piano, 14
  • Marie Leou, violin, 16
  • Stephen Leou, cello, 14
  • Zoe Sheill, flute, 16
  • Adrian Steele, 16
  • Takumi Taguchi, 14


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