Frances Walton Competition

For more than thirty years, the LMC’s Frances Walton Competition has provided a unique opportunity for Classical musicians ages 20 to 35 to audition for an award package including generous cash prizes; a live performance on Classical KING-FM 98.1, one of the premier Classical music stations in the U.S.; and an outreach and recital tour of locations throughout Washington State.

The 2023 Frances Walton Competition Applications Closed March 1st, 2023!

Only 200 accepted – apply early!

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Information for 2023 FWC Applicants:

Info for Small Ensemble Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: Brass Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: Marimba Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: Piano Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: Recorder Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: String Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: Voice Applicants

Info for Solo Entry: Woodwind Applicants

Finals Information

Restrictions on Multiple Entries

Winner’s Tours Information

Questions? Contact the FWC Committee at

See below for information about our most recent competition in 2022 and about past competitions and winners.

Questions about applying or the competition? Email

2022 Frances Walton Competition – #FWC2022

The 2022 Frances Walton Competition winners have been announced!

The Small Ensemble Winner is Tallā Rouge, viola duo.

The Solo Winners are Seattle’s own Caitlin Kelley, violin, and Jichen Zhang, saxophone.

A huge congratulations to the 2022 Winners and to the enormously-talented 2022 Finals Cohort!

2022 FWC Winners with Frances Walton
2022 Winners (from left): soloists Jichen Zhang and Caitlin Kelley, and (right) viola duo Tallā Rouge’s Lauren Spaulding and Aria Cheregosha. In the middle are Frances Walton, the competition’s namesake and founder, and Lynn Muehleisen, the program’s chair.

2022 Winners’ Concert:

The 2022 FWC Finals were held on Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 5:30pm, in Seattle’s University District, at University Congregational United Church of Christ, with a Winners’ Announcement Ceremony at 6:30pm. Sunday, June 5th at 2pm was when the Winners’ Concert was held. All events are free and open to the public.

Solo Finalists:

   Saturday Audition Time
Ayoun Kim, Cello 3:50pm
Bensen Kwan, Marimba 3:25pm
Chase Miller, Clarinet 2:50pm
Caitlin Kelley, Violin 11:40am
Ho Yin Li, French horn 2:00pm
HyeYeon Kim, Piano 10:40am
Jichen Zhang, Saxophone 2:25pm
Keika Mori, Piano 9:50am
Lauren Nichols, Flute 12:30pm
Lyndon Ji, Piano 9:25am
Mark Covey, Bass-baritone 11:15am
Michael Vascones, Guitar 10:15am
William Lum, Euphonium 12:05pm
Yi-Yang Chen, Piano

Small Ensemble Finalists:

  Saturday Audition Time
Høyde Quartet (String Quartet) Owen Cromwell, Grace Alexander, Louis Dhoore, Henry Paton 4:40pm
Soma Quartet (Saxophone Quartet) David Bayard, Paul Lorenz, Sean Bradley, Ting Hua Liang 5:05pm
Tallā Rouge (Viola Duo) Aria Cheregosha, Lauren Spaulding 4:15pm

Please see this page, as well as our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, for the latest news on the FWC!

2022 FWC Program

FWC Poster with Finals Information

Photo L to R: Soren Hamm, 2018 solo winner, Gail Perstein, Former FWC Chair and Evangeliya Delizonas-Khukhua, collaborative pianist.

We have great appreciation to our former Chair, Gail Perstein, for her twenty-three years of service to the FWC. Gail worked tirelessly to develop and grow the FWC, increasing cash prizes, adding a tour, and developing a small-ensemble division. The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle is grateful for her vision and accomplishments in serving young musicians and our community!

The Zēlos Saxophone Quartet, winners of the ensemble division in 2018, on their 2018 Puget Sound tour:

Lesley Baird, mezzo-soprano, solo winner, 2016, in the Classical KING-FM 98.1 studios:

Competition Winners

2019 Competition Winners

2018 Competition Winners

2017 Competition Winners

2016 Competition Winners

2015 Competition Winners

2014 Competition Winners

2013 Competition Winners

Competition winners organized by instrument

Winners by Year