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“Battle for the Baton” Competition

Southwest Washington Symphony Auxiliary is once again sponsoring “Battle for the Baton” as a means to fund scholarships awarded to winners of the Southwest Washington Symphony Young Artist Auditions. The Auxiliary is now recruiting competitors for the Baton. While some previous Guest Conductors have been trained musicians, many have not. Either way, all of them have brought a sense of community spirit and enjoyment to the audience. We encourage competitors to have fun while gathering donations for scholarships and competing to win the Baton for the Symphony’s Fall Pops Concert, October 14, 2018 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Registration for “Battle for the Baton” competitors will open on Monday, April 23, 2018. Competitors will be listed on the Southwest Washington Symphony website ( Competitors may be sponsored by an organization, but each sponsored person must agree to be nominated. The nominee (and/or sponsoring organization) will then enlist as many donations as possible between June 1 and August 31, 2018.

Donations for each competitor may be made in $5.00 increments with a minimum donation of $5.00 via the Symphony’s website. The competitor with the highest total amount of money donated in their name will be announced on the website on September 1, 2018, and will conduct a selection of music at the Symphony’s Fall Pops Concert.

To register or for more information please contact Chas Dean at 360-423-1538 or by email: