The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop

The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop gives students, 18 and under, 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, 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 and Composer in Residence Alexandra Gardner along with other Seattle Symphony guest artists and composers.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Young Composers Workshop participants!

  • Bradley de Lucia
  • Benjamin Dickey
  • Ben Fleishman
  • Zacarias Grynberg
  • Iris Hochwalt
  • Elisa Johnson
  • Tony McCahill
  • Dane Meade
  • Nathan Paek
  • Elise Winkler

Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 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 Foundation. 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.