Frances Walton Competition

Now accepting applications through March 15, 2018!


About the Competition

2017 Competition winner Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin

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 on Saturday, June 2, 2018. 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.

Performers on tour.

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 March 15, 2018. All applications are to 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. Rules also available as a PDF file. Click to read.
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.

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