Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2017 Bushell Concerto Competition

The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2017 Bushell Concerto Competition. The competition is open to musicians age 16 and over, who are Washington state residents.
Applicants must submit a completed application form, as well as a recording demonstrating their skill level. The Bushell Competition committee will review all applications and select the 25 candidates most qualified to compete in the 2017 competition. Entry fees are non-refundable; any CDs sent will not be returned.

Applications must be received online or postmarked on or before March 26, 2017. Finalists will be announced to all applicants by email on or before April 2, 2017.

Please review our Competition Rules before submitting your application.


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Competition Date:  Sunday, April 23, 201 7
Competition Location:  Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA  (Room TBA)

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Barbara Hunter
2017 Bushell Competition Chair Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra 206.383.1147




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:

“Something might be made of that tune”: Elgar’s Enigma Variations: April 1, 2017

April 1, 2017 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

The work that finally brought well-deserved fame to Edward Elgar is one of the glories of English symphonic literature, a series of intimate musical portraits of Elgar's friends and loved ones. Elsa Barraine, a powerful voice in French music, is represented by her Symphony No. 2 in its West Coast premiere. Alena Hove, winner of the Philharmonic's 2016 Don Bushell Competition, shines in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto, a work based in part on Korngold's delectable music for films. Two short works by Holst and Delius round out this distinctive program.

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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Elsa Barraine

Symphony No. 2

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Violin Concerto
       Alena Hove, soloist (2016 Don Bushell Competition winner)

Gustav Holst


Frederick Delius

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations

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