Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

Bushell Concerto Competition

2015 Bushell Concerto Competition

The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2015 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 2015 competition. Entry fees are non-refundable; any CDs sent will not be returned.

Applications must be received online or postmarked on or before March 1, 2015. Finalists will be announced to all applicants by email on March 9, 2015.

Competition Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Competition Site: Seattle Pacific University | Crawford Music Building | 3214 4th Ave W | Seattle, WA

Please read these document carefully before applying.

2015 Bushell Policies

Online Application

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Barb Hunter
2015 Bushell Competition Chair
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra


2014 Winner Announced

Congratulations to our 2014 Don Bushell Concerto Competition winner, Felicity James.

Miss James will perform the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with the Seattle Philharmonic during our 2014-15 season.


The full results of the 2014 Don Bushell Concerto Competition are:

WinnerFelicity James (violin)

First Runner-Up Honors – Aaron Alfonso Petit (piano)

Second Runner-Up Honors – Debra McKinney (voice)


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:

Tragic Heroes: Hamlet and Petrouchka

March 28, 2015 at 2pm | Benaroya Hall

In a concert focusing on the world of theater, Russian-born masters Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky remind us why their music is forever gripping and appealing. Shostakovich's score for the Russian film version of Hamlet is music of almost unbearable drama, and Stravinsky's ever-popular ballet Petrouchka is presented here in its original opulent scoring. SPO Don Bushell Competition winner Felicity James is featured in Saint-Saëns' lyrical Violin Concerto No. 3.

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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Hamlet, Op. 116 (incidental music to Kozinstev’s film)


Concerto No. 3 in b for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61
    Felicity James, violin (2014 Don Bushell Competition winner)


Petrouchka (original 1911 version)

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