Clinton Smith, music director George Shangrow, founder

Handel’s Messiah


No other work has become more closely associated with OSSCS than Georg Frideric Handel’s most celebrated oratorio, Messiah. For four decades, audiences have delighted in our complete and uncut presentations. This season we again offer two performances: one in Seattle and a second in Everett. Soloists are soprano Amanda Opuszynski, mezzo-soprano Margaret Gawrysiak, tenor Brad Benoit and baritone José Rubio.

2016–2017 Concerto & Composer Competitions

Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers are pleased to announce our second annual Concerto and Composer Competitions. The Concerto Competition encourages professional development of gifted young musicians: the soloist will collaborate with guest conductor Nikolas Caoile and Orchestra Seattle on a performance at our February 4, 2017, subscription concert. For the Composer Competition, we are excited to welcome submissions from composers of all ages, seeking new works for orchestra, chorus, and orchestra & chorus. One winner will be selected for a world-premiere performance on May 21, 2017.

2016–2017 Season


An invitation from Clinton Smith

I am delighted to share with you details of the 47th season for Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers! Please consider this your personal invitation to join me, the musicians of OSSCS and our guest artists for six programs designed to enchant, exhilarate and entertain you and your fellow concertgoers.

The 2016 –2017 season opens in October with a visit to Russia that features Sergei Prokofiev’s powerful Alexander Nevsky cantata and culminates in May with Camille Saint-Saëns’ majestic “Organ” Symphony. In between, I have the privilege to conduct Brahms’ moving German Requiem, Vivaldi’s uplifting Gloria, Handel’s beloved Messiah — and much more!

Due to an overwhelming response last season, we will again offer two performances of Messiah (one in Seattle and another in Everett) in December. The winner of our third annual concerto competition will dazzle you with their virtuosity in February, while our partnership with the Chopin Foundation of the United States continues in April when we feature the winner of their Northwest Council competition.

In November, OSSCS welcomes back guest conductor Alastair Willis for a trip through the British Isles (including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic Sea Symphony), while in February Nikolas Caoile makes his OSSCS debut conducting music of Brahms (the stirring Song of Destiny) and Schubert (the enchanting but rarely performed incidental music for Rosamunde).

Our ever-expanding roster of vocal soloists hails from the ranks of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Opéra National de Bordeaux, to name just a few.

Join us as we embark on another season of world-class singing and incredible music-making.