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The 2022 Frances Walton Competition is now completed. Congratulations to winners Jichen Zhang, Caitlin Kelley, and Tallā Rouge. Applications will reopen for the 2023 Competition in Fall 2022.
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For more than thirty years, the Frances Walton Competition has provided a unique opportunity for Classical musicians ages 20 to 35 to audition for an award package including generous cash prizes; a live performance on Classical KING-FM 98.1, one of the premier Classical music stations in the U.S.; and an outreach and recital tour of locations throughout the State of Washington.
2022 Frances Walton Competition
For Classical Musicians
Brass | Marimba | Piano | Recorder | Strings | Voice | Woodwinds
March 1, 2022
A maximum of 200 applications to the 2022 FWC will be accepted.
Finalists will be invited to:
Frances Walton Competition Finals
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Frances Walton Competition Winners Concert
Sunday, June 5, 2022, 2:00 PM
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4201
A Finalist Award of $250 for each musician, including each member of ensembles
Professional photography and video of their competition performance
Winners (two solo and one ensemble) receive:
$3,500 for each solo winner and each member of the winning ensemble
Professional photography and video of the Winners’ Concert
Outreach performance tours to public schools K-12 and public concerts, to be held in Washington State September 8-16, 2022
Live performance on Classical KING-FM 98.1, the Pacific Northwest’s premier Classical radio station
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Click the links to get FWC Finals Information and the FWC Tour Information.
The FWC is presented by the Ladies Musical Club, a 501(c)3 organization based in Seattle, Washington. The LMC was formed in 1891 by a group of classically-trained women musicians who wanted to provide music to Seattle and continue developing their substantial musical skills. For over 130 years, the LMC has been successfully delivering on its mission of fostering classical music in the community through education, performance, and awards.
To see videos of past FWC winners produced in the Classical KING-FM 98.1 studio by Sean MacLean and Matt Ogaz after their live performances, go to:
Dana Jackson, bassoon, 2016
Aaron Conitz, viola, 2014
Trio Brillante (now using the name Aristeia Trio), 2016
Meta Weiss, cello, 2012
Equus Saxophone Quartet, 2015
Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp, 2015