The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

Youth, ages 18 and under, are invited to participate in a 12-week composition course that culminates in a chamber concert of their own world premieres, performed by Seattle Symphony musicians at Benaroya Hall. During the program students will work on all aspects of composing, including writing themes, learning orchestration and preparing a final score with parts.

The 2018–2019 season young composers will have the opportunity to work with Workshop Director and Composer in Residence Derek Bermel along with other Seattle Symphony guest artists and composers.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Young Composers Workshop participants!

  • Bradley de Lucia
  • Benjamin Dickey
  • Ben Fleishman
  • Iris Hochwalt
  • Eliot Lee
  • Ben Limric
  • Carson Ling-Efird
  • Tony McCahill
  • Nathan Paek
  • Luca Robadey
  • Elise Winkler
  • Nathan Zhao
  • Please note: We are no longer accepting application for the 2019 Young Composers Workshop.


    For more information about the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, please contact Artistic Collaborations Manager Jérémy Jolley at or 206.215.4750.


    The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop is generously underwritten by the Merriman Family. The concert is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music. Additional support for The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop is provided by Michel and Christine Suignard.