Young musicians from across Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri will converge at Friends University to compete for $11,000 in awards during the 2011 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions and Music Awards April 2-3 at Riney Fine Arts Center. The competition will bring 48 talents who will compete for a single $5,000 prize, plus $2,000 prizes in each of the three divisions – piano, instrumental and voice.
At least two contestants from each division will be selected to perform in the finals on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Sebits Auditorium on the Friends 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.
The 71st competition since the program’s inception in 1940, the Naftzger Young Artists & 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.
Adjudicating the division auditions are three professional musicians from around the country: piano judge John Milbauer of The University of Arizona School of Music; vocal division judge Beverly Hoch, who is teaching singing at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas; and instrumental judge Clark Potter from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
For information about this event or any other Fine Arts event at Friends University, contact the Fine Arts box office at 316-295-5677.