Award winning students to perform in The Tender Land – A Friends University Fine Arts Opera production

Wichita, KS – Friends University Fine Arts Department is proud to present Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land on Saturday November 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday November 19, 2 p.m, in Alumni Auditorium located in the Davis Administration Building on the Friends University campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan.

Set on a Midwestern farm in the 1930s, it is the coming-of-age tale of a young woman on the eve of her high school graduation. The score is full of beautiful music and includes some of Copland’s best known choral scores, “The Promise of Living” and “Stomp Your Foot”.

Many of the students performing in The Tender Land are award winning vocal artists, returning with various prizes awarded at the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference, November 2023;

Fall Opera 2023

Naomi Cavanaugh (Laurie) – 1st Place Graduate Women Classical Division, 2023 West Central NATS Singer of the Year

Emily Kreis (Ma Moss) – Semi-finalist Senior Women Classical Division

Abigail Kreis (Beth Moss) – 1st. Place Sophomore Women Classical Division

Davis Green (Martin) – Semi-finalist Junior Men Classical Division

Joshua Kelley (Top) Semi-Finalist Senior Men Music Theatre Division

Zachary Garraway (Mr. Splinters) – 2nd. Place Junior Men Music Theatre Division

Tickets for the play are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or visit

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.