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

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:

“The Fifth Evangelist”: Bach’s “St. Anne”: March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

The great German-born conductor Frederick Stock, who led the Chicago Symphony for nearly forty years, made a grand transcription of Bach's mighty "St. Anne" Prelude and Fugue, presented at this concert thanks to the generosity and assistance of the Chicago Symphony's Rosenthal Archive. The Philharmonic's contribution to the 5th Avenue Theatre's Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Festival is the "William Shakespeare" Overture by the early Romantic Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau. English composer Ruth Gipps, inexplicably ignored in her homeland and abroad, is represented by the U. S. premiere of the second of her five fine symphonies. Finally, flutist Miao Liu will be heard in the virtuosic and lyrical Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Jacques Ibert.

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.

Parking Information is available here.

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Overture, William Shakespeare, Op. 74


Symphony No. 2 (U.S. premiere)


Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Miao Liu, soloist (Winner, 2017 Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Competition)

J. S. Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat, BWV 522, "St. Anne" (orch. by Frederick Stock)

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