UMKC Conservatory Vocal Student Chris Carr Wins In Naftzger Competition

About the Conservatory

Chris Carr, graduate student of Conservatory faculty Vinson Cole, won the vocal division of the annual Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Competition, April 3, 2011, Wichita, KS.

Forty-eight student musicians entered the competition (including UMKC piano graduate student Victoria Fatu, who made the finals.). During the first round, contestants competed within their own division only, vying to be chosen for the April 3 finals.

2011 marked the 71st Naftzger Young Artists Auditions since the competition’s 1940 inception. The Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Awards are made possible by the Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts, Inc., created by Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Naftzger in memory of L.S. Naftzger, Ida L. Naftzger and Lee Southwell Naftzger II.

The competition, administered by the Wichita Symphony Society, is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma who are enrolled in any college, university or conservatory; and non-resident students attending college in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri. Adjudicators include, Piano: John Milbauer, professor of piano, University of Arizona School of Music; instrumental: Clark Potter, viola professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and vocal: Beverly Hoch, Texas Woman’s University, Denton.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949