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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven Baloue, Viola
Hannah Chou, Violin
Forrest Howell, Piano
Zhengyi Huang, Piano
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Yvette Kraft, Violin
Ho Yin Li, French Horn
Jonathan Mamora, Piano
Rochester, New York
Melissa McCann, Soprano
Bismarck, North Dakota
Hunter O’Brien, Flute
Kara Poling, Oboe
New York, New York
Gracie Potter, Trombone
Madeline Ross, Soprano
Jose Uzcategui, Marimba
Christoph Wagner, Cello
Calvin Wong, Saxophone
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
SEATTLE, Washington: Vicki White-Miltun, LMC President for the 2021 – 2023 term, received the prestigious 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) over the weekend. She was previously named WMEA Educator of the Year in 2001 and was inducted into the WMEA Hall of Fame in 2002.
In addition to serving as current President of LMC, Vicki’s leadership in the profession includes serving as President of the Washington Music Educators Association (1996-1998), Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity (1973-1974), and the WA Unit of the American String Teachers Association (1982-1985). She holds a seat on the WMEA Young Musicians Excelling Board. A Mercer Island Home Town Hero (2002) and last Fall’s Grand Marshall of the Mercer Island High School Homecoming Parade, Vicki will retire from teaching in June and will continue her first term as LMC President from 2021 – 2023.
A lifelong violinist, Vicki started her teaching career at the age of 19 giving violin lessons in a summer program in her native Joplin, MO. Director of Orchestras for the Mercer Island School District for over 40 years, she taught four years in the Seattle Public Schools Elementary Instrumental Program. A sought after conductor and adjudicator for many All City, District, Regional and All State Orchestras, she has been recognized many times for her outstanding teaching. Vicki was named National High School Music Teacher of the Year (2008) by the National Federation of High Schools.
SEATTLE, Washington – The LMC Archives Program announced this month that it has debuted an expanded Digital Archives Collection, available for free public access at https://lmcseattle.org/history/lmc-digital-archives/. This development is the latest stage in the Ladies Musical Club Historical Archives Preservation and Digitization Project, which started in 2016 and is made possible by ongoing support from 4Culture and private donations.
LMC Archives Trustee Dr. Katie Beisel Hollenbach states: “The digitization of the LMC’s archives makes a significant part of Seattle’s musical history easily accessible to community members, researchers, friends and relatives of LMC members, and anyone else interested in learning more about the LMC’s important role in the development of Seattle’s arts scene. Spanning over 130 years of history, the LMC archives include photographs, concert programs, historical members’ books, press releases, newspaper articles, and many other artifacts that illuminate the LMC’s wide reach as a performing, educational, and community organization. We are excited to make this history available through our digitization project, supported in part by 4Culture.”
The latest grant installment from 4Culture included digitizing historical photographs and concert programs of world-famous artists the LMC presented as well as historical Secretary’s Books. The first 4Culture grant awarded in 2016 helped the LMC digitize its substantial Member’s Book Collection. Both can be found on the LMC’s website, linked above.
SEATTLE, Washington – October 2021 — With a mix of livestream and pre-recorded concerts, LMC’s 2021 – 2022 Public Concerts Series begins Friday, October 15th.
Regina Thomas, Public Concerts Chair, announced details of this upcoming season in a video posted on LMC’s Facebook on October 5th. She notes that: “We are taking our virtual season to the next level this year…we are adding livestream concerts for the first time to our schedule.” The season kickoff weekend will feature two livestreamed concerts, the first on Friday, October 15th at 7:30pm and the second on Saturday October 16th at 2:00pm. Stream these concerts through LMC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LMCSeattle/videos/
We at the LMC acknowledge the recent and ongoing events in our community. We stand against racism and abuses of power.
As musicians, we like to make sounds. But as music lovers, we also strive to be equally good listeners. We will continue to listen to conversations in the community and respond to its changing and emergent needs. After all, we believe in music’s ability to bring diverse people together, to build an inclusive community, and to give equitable voice to its makers. We remain committed to our work of offering music and education programs to people of all ages and diverse backgrounds throughout the community.