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.


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:

Three Decades, Five Treasures: January 27, 2018

January 27, 2018 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

The first three decades of the 20th century yielded numerous musical riches. The Philharmonic will present one of the most enduring of these, Respighi's The Pines of Rome, as the climax to a concert featuring five of the century's most distinctive composers from five different countries. The program will include a screening of René Clair's delightful surrealist film Entr'acte, with Erik Satie's original music performed live by the Philharmonic. A folksong arrangement by Percy Grainger, a symphonic poem by the 19-year-old Dimitri Mitropoulos (later known as one of the 20th century's most important conductors), and two haunting rarities for cello and orchestra by Sibelius with soloist Mara Finkelstein round out this unique program.

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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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Spoon River


Tafi (2nd U.S. performance; West Coast premiere)


Entr'acte (with film by René Clair)


Two Serious Melodies for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 77

Mara Finkelstein, soloist


The Pines of Rome

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