Frances Walton Competition

The 2018 Frances Walton Competition Finals and Winners Concert took place on  June 2, 2018 in Seattle at Magnolia Lutheran Church. Click for the 2018 winners.

Classical music tours in eastern and western Washington communities and schools featuring the winners of the 2018 Frances Walton Competition have been scheduled starting in early September 2018. See the concert calendar for dates.

Held annually in the spring, the Frances Walton Competition is a solo and ensemble competition for classical soloists ages 20-35 and small ensembles of two, three or four members with an averaged age of 20-35 who live or study in one of the following 19 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Competitors submit audio auditions in the Spring.  Audition finalists participate in the day-long competition which will be held in Seattle in June each year. Four solo winners and one ensemble winner are selected. The winners receive cash prizes and present a free public concert in the evening on the day of the competition.

Each September, the winners participate in three statewide tours: Eastern Washington, Western Washington and the Puget Sound region. Accompanied by LMC members, these talented artists present free public recitals and visit schools in outlying areas that have limited access to classical music. The winners perform in classrooms or at assemblies and answer students’ questions about music, the instruments and their training background.

How to apply

Application deadline (including audio recordings) for the 2018 Competition is now passed. When the 2019 competition opens in Dec. 2018 or January 2019, all applications will be submitted online at The competition will be held in Seattle on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Rules for each category will appear on each category’s page: small ensemble, marimba, piano, strings, voice, winds. The 2018 information is posted below, for those wishing to review the most recent competition.
2018 Information

If you have any questions, please email the competition committee:

past competition winners

See 2016 Frances Walton Winner, Lesley Baird, mezzo-soprano featured on Classical King FM 98.1 NW Focus Live.

2018 Competition Winners

2017 Competition Winners

2016 Competition Winners

2015 Competition Winners

2014 Competition Winners

2013 Competition Winners

Competition Winners organized by year 

Competition Winners organized by instrument