Naftzger Competition Invitees Are from UMKC Conservatory


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that four students from the UMKC Conservatory are invited to compete for the Naftzger Competition, which will award $13,000 in prizes. 

Brian Woods, MM, keyboard, studies with Robert Weirich
Omari Abdul-Alim, BM, violin performance, studies with Joseph Genualdi
Devin Burton, baritone, AC, studies with Vinson Cole
Armando Contreras, baritone, MM, vocal performance, studies with Vinson Cole

The 76th Naftzger Young Artists Auditions & Music Awards is March 21, 2016, Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University.  The competition, which is administered by the Wichita Symphony, will host 62 young musicians who will compete for $13,000 in prizes. Contestants will compete for a single $5,000 prize, the Naftzger Young Artist Award, plus three Naftzger Division Awards of $2,000 each and four division runner up awards of $500 each.  The competition is held in four divisions:  Voice; Piano; Winds/Brass/Percussion and Strings.  The competition is open to music students enrolled in any college, university or conservatory in the United States.

Two contestants from each division will be selected to perform in the finals Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. in Wiedemann Hall on the Wichita State University campus.  The finals recital is free and open to the public.  Results and presentation of awards will immediately follow the final round of auditions.



For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949