May 14 — May 19, 2017
Welcome to Musicfest Northwest 2017
Celebrating our 72nd Festival
May 14 through May 19, 2017

2017 Entry Forms
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2017 Preliminary Bulletin Download in PDF format


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Take advantage of all that Musicfest Northwest has to offer.

The public is welcome to enjoy over 1,000 performances by varying age and skill levels Sunday through Friday on Gonzaga University campus. All week long, you are free to sit in on any adjudicated class to enjoy the performances and learn from the master teaching.

Be sure to tune in to KPBX 91.1 FM Wednesday thru Friday 10 AM to 12 NOON for live studio performances of selected festival participants with
host Verne Windham.

The Piano Play-offs in Magnuson Theater on Thursday afternoon is always very exciting.

Finally, we encourage you to attend our two featured evening concerts. Both are family-friendly and admission is free. Invite your whole family, neighbors and friends to enjoy these talented young performers, the Festival’s very best.

Come be inspired and entertained!

Young Artist Concert - Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Young musicians  and dancers on the verge of promising careers will perform movements of popular concerti, operatic arias or a ballet variation. The concert features Ballet, Brass, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Reed, String and Voice Division winners of the Young Artist Section of Musicfest Northwest held at Gonzaga University earlier in the week. Free admission.

Festival Highlights Concert - Friday, May 19, 2017
This is a chance to hear and see some of the best instrumental, vocal and dance performances from Musicfest Northwest's weeklong festival. Adjudicators from  nine Musicfest divisions choose their favorite performers to be highlighted in this special concert. Free admission.

The Festival, organized in 1945 to instill in young people an enjoyment and appreciation of all the arts, while encouraging the study of music and dance, and promoting high standards of performance, is operated as a civic non-profit organization.

Our Mission Statement is: “To encourage, develop and improve the performance of young musicians and dancers through professional adjudication.” Entrants in the Festival receive an individual written and oral evaluation of their performance by qualified teachers and concert artists.

The Board of Trustees of Musicfest Northwest expresses its appreciation to Verne Windham and KPBX 91.1 FM for many years of continued support to the festival: Master of Ceremonies for our evening concerts, live studio performances of Musicfest Northwest participants, recording and broadcasting evening concerts and generous on-air promotion.

Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane: Musicfest Northwest is proud and excited to announce our continuing relationship with Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane. Steinway agreed to supply Steinway or Steinway-designed pianos meeting all of our piano needs for festival week at no charge to us. They are also contributing funds for awards. Having Steinway as our exclusive supplier of pianos will provide our young musicians a unique sensory and musical experience of playing on a truly fine quality instrument. Read more...

Hotel Accommodations

Musicfest Needs You - Your talent, skills, energy and ideas
Read more...Click on this link to view Musicfest Needs You! as a PDF file

“Musicfest Northwest is an adjudicated music program held in Spokane, Washington and is not affiliated or associated with the Portland, Oregon-based music festival ‘MFNW’ or ‘MusicfestNW.’ You can learn more about Portland’s MusicfestNW at”
Musicfest Northwest
1315 North Napa, Suite A
Spokane, WA 99202
Telephone & Fax: (509) 327-3455