Frances Walton Competition

For Classical Musicians Ages 20-35

Held annually in the spring, the Frances Walton Competition is a solo and ensemble competition for classical musicians, ages 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.

2017 Competition winner Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin

Competitors submit audio auditions in the Spring.  Audition finalists participate in the day-long competition in Seattle, June 3, 2017. 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.

Thinking of entering the competition this year? IF you have entered before or thought about entering, here are some major changes for 2017:

Due date for application: 2017 Application period is closed

Geographic area of eligiblity: First change in 10 years. Now includes all states west of a line from the eastern edge of North Dakota to Texas.

Change in instrumentation: First change since the addition of small ensembles in 2012. Marimba now eligible for the competition.

Method of application: First change ever! No more snail mail. All applications to be submitted on line at No CDs, mailers, postage, paper checks, gas and time for all those trips to store, bank, media center with a CD burner and slot, and post office!

The application period for this year’s competition is now closed. The download available below is a compilation of all the rules. At our page on the web site Acceptd, the rules for each category alone appear on that category’s page: marimba, piano, small ensemble, string, vocal, wind.

2017 Information

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

2016 Competition Winners

2015 Competition Winners

2014 Competition Winners

2013 Competition Winners

Competition Winners organized by year and by instrument