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Applications for the 2024 Frances Walton Competition are now closed.

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 finalist awards and $3500 to each winning musician and ensemble member; a live performance on Classical KING-FM 98.1, one of the premier Classical music stations in the U.S.; and a residency outreach and recital tour of locations throughout the State of Washington. The finals weekend will be held at Seattle Opera's Tagney Jones Hall.

2024 Frances Walton Competition

For Classical Musicians

Brass    |    Marimba    |    Piano    |    Recorder    |    Strings       Voice        Woodwinds
Chamber Music Ensemble

Application Deadline Extended!
March 5, 2024
A maximum of 200 applications to the 2024 FWC will be accepted.
Soloist Application Fee: $125 (non-refundable)
Chamber Music Ensemble Application Fee: $250 (non-refundable)

Finalists will be invited to:

Frances Walton Competition Finals
Saturday, June 1, 2024


Frances Walton Competition Winners Concert

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2:00 PM

At Seattle Opera's Tagney Jones Hall in Seattle, WA


Award Package

Finalists receive:

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
$3,500 for EACH member of the winning ensemble ($7000 for duos; $10,500 for trios; $14,000 for quartets; $17,500 for quintets)

Professional photography and video of the Winners’ Concert

Residency tours to be held in Washington State September 5-13, 2024,including outreach performances to public schools K-12 and public concerts

Live performance on Classical KING-FM 98.1, the Pacific Northwest’s premier Classical radio station.


Watch the stunning Classical KING videos of the 2023 FWC Small Ensemble Winners, Kodak Quartet plus solo winners Gracie Potter and Yvette Kraft.

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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:

Kodak String Quartet, 2023
Yvette Kraft, violin, 2023
Gracie Potter, trombone, 2023
Caitlin Kelley, violin, 2022
Jichen Zhang, saxophone, 2022
Tallā Rouge, viola duo, 2022
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