2023 Finalists in the Frances Walton Competition Announced Today

SEATTLE, Washington, April 17, 2023 (9am PST) – The Frances Walton Competition, presented by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, announced today its finalist cohort for the 2023 competition.

Applications were open to Classical musicians ages 20-35 from across the United States, who could apply as soloists or in Small Ensembles of two to four musicians. Applications opened on November 1, 2022 and closed on March 1, 2023. This is the second year the Frances Walton Competition has been open to musicians from all U.S. states and territories since its relaunch in the 2021-2022 season.

Finalists compete in Seattle for two Solo Winner and one Small Ensemble Winner titles on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 from 9am to 5:30pm at University Congregational United Church of Christ (4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105). Winners are announced at a short ceremony at 6:30pm that evening. The winners perform a concert the following day at 2pm, followed by a reception. 

Information about the Competition and the Finals Weekend June 3-4, 2023 is found at LMCSeattle.org/competition. All finals weekend events are FREE and open to the public with no tickets required. For inquiries, please contact awards@lmcseattle.org.

Solo Finalists  
Steven Baloue, Viola Chicago, Illinois
Hannah Chou, Violin Fremont, California
Forrest Howell, Piano Lafayette, Colorado
Zhengyi Huang, Piano Ann Arbor, Michigan
Yvette Kraft, Violin Spokane, Washington
Ho Yin Li, French Horn Boston, Massachusetts
Jonathan Mamora, Piano Rochester, New York
Melissa McCann, Soprano Bismarck, North Dakota
Hunter O’Brien, Flute Houston, Texas
Kara Poling, Oboe New York, New York
Gracie Potter, Trombone Surprise, Arizona
Madeline Ross, Soprano Portland, Oregon
Jose Uzcategui, Marimba Dallas, Texas
Christoph Wagner, Cello Houston, Texas
Calvin Wong, Saxophone Tempe, Arizona


Small Ensemble Finalists:  

Aero Quartet (Ann Arbor, MI; Madison, WI; Santa Clarita, CA)

Salvador Flores, Soprano Saxophone; Walt Puyear, Alto Saxophone; Matthew Koester, Tenor Saxophone; Brian Kachur, Baritone Saxophone

Kodak Quartet (New York, NY) 

Edgar Donati, Violin; Martin Noh, Violin; Daniel Spink, Viola; Blake Kitayama, Cello
Phoenix Winds (Pullman, WA) Anthony Kandilaroff, Flute; Jake Berreth, Flute; Kevin Melendez, Flute