Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2018 Bushell Concerto Competition

The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is now accepting applications for the 2018 Don Bushell Concerto Competition! The winner of the competition will be invited to perform their concerto with the Seattle Philharmonic during the 2018-2019 season at Benaroya Hall. The competition is open to all musicians who will be at least 16 years of age as of April 14, 2018 and who are Washington State residents.

Competition Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Competition Site: Seattle Pacific University, Nickerson Studios 103
Deadline for Entry: Applications must be received online or postmarked on or before March 18, 2018

The Bushell Competition committee will review all completed applications and select the 25 candidates most qualified to compete in the 2018 competition.

Finalists will be announced to all applicants by email on or before March 25, 2018.

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 below before submitting an application.

• Online Application (preferred)

Printable Application Form

Competition Rules and Policies

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

Dustin Peskuric
(206) 491-1357
bushell@seattlephil.org

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.

Bushell Concerto Competition

Upcoming Concert:

“I will never achieve this again”: Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony: June 2, 2018

June 2, 2018 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

An ardent pacifist and humanist, German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann's abhorrence for his country's actions during World War II resulted in compositions that were cries for justice and brotherhood; one work was described as "a protest against what Zimmermann perceived as the 'racial hatred' he saw poisoning society." In his last work, Ich wandte mich und sah an geschah unter die Sonne ("And turning around me, I saw all the injustice under the sun"), the composer employs texts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov to create a harrowing indictment of the suppression of freedom and lack of compassion for one's fellow man. The Philharmonic's season closes with a return to the music of Saint-Saëns – a work in which even the modest composer knew he had surpassed himself, the radiant "Organ" Symphony. A handful of Seattle's leading performers share the stage for this program, including actors Terry Edward Moore and Leslie Law, baritone Charles Robert Stephens, and organist Joseph Adam.

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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Zimmermann

Ich wandte mich und sah an geschah unter die Sonne

Terry Edward Moore and Leslie Law, speakers

Charles Robert Stephens, baritone

Saint-Saëns

Symphony No. 3 in c, Op. 78, "Organ"

Joseph Adam, soloist


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