Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2020 Bushell Concerto Competition: Classical and Baroque Reportoire

We are thrilled to announce that our 2020 Don Bushell Concerto Competition is now open to applications from local performers who wish to audition with Classical or Baroque works! (Please see our competition rules and policies below for details regarding this year’s repertoire limitations.).

The winner of the competition will be invited to perform their concerto with the Seattle Philharmonic during our 2020-2021 season! The competition is open to musicians who will be at least 16 years of age as of April 4, 2020 and are Washington State residents.

Competition Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Competition Site: Seattle Pacific University, Nickerson Studios 103
Deadline for Entry: All required application materials must be submitted online or postmarked by March 14, 2020

Applications must include:

• A completed application form
• A recording demonstrating the applicant's skill level – Recording materials submitted for review by the competition committee will not be returned
• Non-refundable entry fee of $40.00

Please review the competition rules and policies for important information regarding the audition process and repertoire selection before submitting an application!

For more information about the competition or application process, please contact the Bushell Competition Chair:

Dustin Peskuric
(206) 491-1357

Competition History

The Bushell Concerto Competition is named in honor of the SPO’s first Music Director, Don Bushell, who started this annual event in 1946 to provide a performance opportunity for aspiring musicians. Every year since, this prestigious competition has provided professional development and an exclusive concert performance opportunity for outstanding area soloists.

Upcoming Concert:

“Serene cheer and warm sunshine”: Brahms’ Second

March 28, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

The Philharmonic presents the third U.S. premiere of the season: Pyramid, a stirring tone poem by Sweden-based American composer Molly Kien ("a major new voice" — Fanfare Magazine). The winner of the Philharmonic's 2019 Don Bushell Competition, the radiant soprano Allison Pohl, will be heard in a selection of lieder by Richard Strauss. Closing the concert is Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2, the sunniest of its composer's four symphonies and a perennial audience favorite.

Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall houses two performance halls in a complex that is thoroughly integrated into downtown Seattle. Occupying an entire city block at the very core of the city, the development celebrates the vital role of performance events while maintaining the continuity of commercial life along one avenue and providing a much-needed public space, in the form of a terraced garden, along another.

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Pyramid (U. S. premiere)


Six Songs:

Zueignung • Die Nacht • Morgen • Allerseelen • Standchen • Cäcilie

• Allison Pohl, soprano


Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

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