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Musicfest Northwest an adjudicated classical music program held in Spokane, Washington

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Adjudicated classical music program

The Festival, organized in 1946 to encourage and aid young people to study music and the arts, is operated as a civic non-profit corporation. Its aim is to develop in young people an enjoyment and appreciation of all the arts, encourage the study of music and the arts, and promote high standards of performance. Entrants in the Festival receive an individual written and oral evaluation of their performance by qualified teachers and concert artists. Yearly participation ranges from 1,200 to 1,500 young musicians and is considered to be the largest festival of its kind in the United States. There have been over 47,000 entrants in the last 73 years, participating in eight divisions: piano, flute, organ, ballet, voice, string, reed and brass. The students range from first grade through post-graduate work. The highly respected Young Artist competition has produced some leaders in the artistic world. Renowned baritones Thomas Hampson and Frank Hernandez; Symphony Concertmaster Kelly Farris; pianists Stephen Drury and Greg Presley; mezzo-soprano Linda Adams Caple; and violinist Jason Moody are a few of the Festival's former participants.

Name Change

The Festival changed its name to Musicfest Northwest in 2001 and continues the tradition of staging adjudications and concerts the second week of May. Its primary goal is to further youth arts education by inviting some of the nation's leading artistic educators to evaluate, counsel, and encourage young participants. Originally known as The Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival, the organization was founded in 1946 by Spokane piano teacher Josephine Clark to celebrate the end of World War II and to "promote the arts."
Musicfest Northwest an adjudicated classical music program held in Spokane, Washington

About Us

Adjudicated classical music

program

The Festival, organized in 1946 to encourage and aid young people to study music and the arts, is operated as a civic non-profit corporation. Its aim is to develop in young people an enjoyment and appreciation of all the arts, encourage the study of music and the arts, and promote high standards of performance. Entrants in the Festival receive an individual written and oral evaluation of their performance by qualified teachers and concert artists. Yearly participation ranges from 1,200 to 1,500 young musicians and is considered to be the largest festival of its kind in the United States. There have been over 47,000 entrants in the last 73 years, participating in eight divisions: piano, flute, organ, ballet, voice, string, reed and brass. The students range from first grade through post- graduate work. The highly respected Young Artist competition has produced some leaders in the artistic world. Renowned baritones Thomas Hampson and Frank Hernandez; Symphony Concertmaster Kelly Farris; pianists Stephen Drury and Greg Presley; mezzo-soprano Linda Adams Caple; and violinist Jason Moody are a few of the Festival's former participants.

Name Change

The Festival changed its name to Musicfest Northwest in 2001 and continues the tradition of staging adjudications and concerts the second week of May. Its primary goal is to further youth arts education by inviting some of the nation's leading artistic educators to evaluate, counsel, and encourage young participants. Originally known as The Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival, the organization was founded in 1946 by Spokane piano teacher Josephine Clark to celebrate the end of World War II and to "promote the arts."