The 2024 National Frances Walton Competition Applications are now open!


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2024 Frances Walton Competition Details:

For more than thirty years, the Frances Walton Competition has provided a unique opportunity for Classical musicians ages 20 to 35 to audition for an award package including finalist awards and $3500 to each winning musician and ensemble member; a live performance on Classical KING, one of the premier Classical music stations in the U.S.; and a residency outreach and recital tour of locations throughout the State of Washington.

2024 Frances Walton Competition

For Classical Musicians

Brass    |    Marimba    |    Piano    |    Recorder    |    Strings       Voice        Woodwinds
Chamber Music Ensemble

Application Deadline is March 1, 2024. A maximum of 200 applications to the 2024 FWC will be accepted.
Soloist Application Fee: $125 (non-refundable)
Chamber Music Ensemble Application Fee: $250 (non-refundable)

Frances Walton Competition Finals
Saturday, June 1, 2024

Frances Walton Competition Winners Concert
Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2:00 PM in Seattle, WA

Award Package

Finalists receive:

  • A Finalist Award of $250 for EACH musician, including each member of ensembles
  • Professional photography and video of their competition performance

Winners (two solo and one chamber ensemble) receive:

  • $3,500 for each solo winner
  • $3,500 for EACH member of the winning ensemble ($7000 for duos; $10,500 for trios; $14,000 for quartets; $17,500 for quintets)
  • Professional photography and video of the Winners’ Concert

Residency tours will be held in Washington State September 5-13, 2024, including outreach performances to public schools K-12 and public concerts.

Live performance on Classical KING, the Pacific Northwest’s premier Classical radio station.