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

Pre-college composers are invited to apply for our prestigious Young Composers Workshop program. Each year, a cohort of 10 musicians are selected to participate in this 12-week program which allows students to work on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts. The program culminates in a world-premiere chamber concert at Benaroya Hall featuring new works by these young composers.

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


Young Artist Auditions

Young Artists Auditions provide young musicians who have achieved an extraordinary level of performance on their chosen instrument the opportunity to go through the audition process with the Music Director, staff and musicians of a top tier orchestra. This invaluable experience is an integral part of Seattle Symphony’s commitment to youth, music education and community. It is provided free of charge to applicants. Young artists chosen from auditions also have the opportunity to play for visiting artists as part of Seattle Symphony Concerto Festivals, which feature international emerging artists.

Please check back in the fall for more information about 2016 Young Artist Auditions.

2015 Selected Young Artists:

  • Marley Erickson, violin, 11
  • Evan Falls Hjort, violin, 16
  • Alena Hove, violin, 15
  • Bronwyn James, violin, 17
  • Evan Johanson, violin, 15
  • Yesong Sophie Lee, violin, 11


Side-By-Side Concerts

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

Concerts in the 2015–2016 season include those with West Seattle Community Orchestra, Garfield High School, Roosevelt High School, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Washington Orchestra.

Tuesday, January 26, 7pm at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center

Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side

  • Pablo Rus Broseta, Seattle Symphony Assistant Conductor
  • Gerry Jon Marsh, Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor
  • Yesong Sophie Lee, violin
  • Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Seattle Symphony
  • Wednesday, February 24, 7pm at Chief Sealth High School

    West Seattle Community Orchestra Side-by-Side

    • Pablo Rus Broseta, Seattle Symphony Assistant Conductor
    • Rob Duisberg, West Seattle Community Orchestra Conductor
    • Alena Hove, violin
    • Bronwyn James, viola
    • West Seattle Community Orchestra
    • Seattle Symphony
    • Tuesday, March 1, 7pm at Benaroya Hall

      Garfield High School Side-by-Side

      • Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Music Director
      • Marcus Tsutakawa, Garfield High School Orchestra Conductor
      • Garfield High School Orchestra
      • Seattle Symphony
      • Tuesday, March 8, 7pm at Roosevelt High School

        Roosevelt High School Side-by-Side

        • Ruth Reinhardt, Seattle Symphony Conducting Fellow
        • Anna Edwards, Roosevelt High School Orchestra Director
        • Evan Johanson, violin
        • Roosevelt High School Orchestra
        • Seattle Symphony

University of Washington Composition Readings

The Seattle Symphony rehearses and performs symphonic works by University of Washington composition majors. This program, held at Benaroya Hall, is open to the public and is followed by a panel discussion by Seattle Symphony artistic staff as well as UW and Cornish composers.

Contact Us

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