Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Youth Programs //

Developing Young Listeners and Performers…

Thank you for helping us bring over 100 students to our 2015 Festivals through our Scholarship Ticket Program. Young music students were able to attend our performances, many who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.


We are excited to be launching very soon our fifth-annual Young Artist Awards Competition in partnership with Classical KING FM 98.1! All young 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 perform with and be coached by Festival musicians during our Summer Festival. Plus, the top 10 finalists get to perform live on the radio!

Congratulations to Alexander Lu and Takumi Taguchi, winners of the 2016 Young Artist Awards Competition and the Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award.

Check back in February to submit your video entry and read the competition rules. In the meantime, you can read the competition rules and check the schedule below.


Our 2016 Judges:

James Ehnes
International concert violinist
Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society

Julie Albers
International concert cellist
Assistant Professor, McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Max Levinson
International concert pianist
Faculty at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Lorna McGee
International concert flutist
Principal flute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Chamber Music Society artist

Our 2016 Judges:

Karen P. Thomas
Artistic/Executive Director, Seattle Pro Musica
Choral conductor and composer

Lisa Bergman
KING FM Announcer
Concert pianist

Julian Schwarz
International concert cellist

Stephen Stubbs
GRAMMY Award-winning conductor
Lutenist and early music specialist



Engaging concerts for 5-10 year olds and their families to experience chamber music in an entertaining and educational format with a pre-concert hands-on musical activity. During the 2017 Winter Festival, travel the railroads with Seattle’s Skyros Quartet in a musical narration of the beloved classic The Little Engine That Could. Selections from chamber music favorites by Dvorák, Beethoven, Schubert and an arrangement of Brubeck’s Take 5 will accompany the narration and bring the story of overcoming challenges to life. All aboard! All tickets are $12 and are general admission.

Prior to the concert there is a FREE musical instrument “petting zoo” beginning at 10:00 am, courtesy of Music Center of the Northwest.



SCMS provides Teaching Artists to perform, as well as form and coach Chamber Music ensembles in public middle and high school music programs. In January 2015, our Teaching Artists coached the students of Ballard, Cleveland, Roosevelt and West Seattle High Schools.



Master Class
A Festival artist coaches young chamber music ensemble from local youth orchestras, conservatories, and colleges. The coaches have included AD and violinist James Ehnes, cellists Bion Tsang and Andrés Díaz, violists David Harding and Toby Appel, pianist Jeewon Park and Max Levinson with the students of the University of Washington School of Music, Seattle University, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Academy of Music Northwest.


Here are some pictures from our 2013 Spring Chamber Music in the Classroom, and Winter Family Concert and Masterclass!