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NAFTZGER YOUNG ARTISTS AUDITIONS & AWARDS

March 16-17, 2024

 

Please feel free to send any questions to naftzgeryoungartists@wichita.edu.

The 2024 brochure has the rules and requirements.

Brochure

Application

 

2024 Judges

String Judge

Andres Diaz

Andres Diaz

Andres Diaz biography

 

Winds, Brass, and Percussion Judge

Catherine Rand

Catherine Rand

Catherine Rand Bio

 

Piano Judge

Jeffrey Savage

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Jeffrey Savage Bio

 

Vocal Judge

Allan Glassman

 

 

 

 


2023 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Winners:

an image of the winners from the 2023 competition, standing in front of WSU's marcussen organ

Pictured from left to right: Peter Miyamoto (judge, piano) Jiyeon Lee (piano), Zhengyi Huang (piano), Ted Taylor (judge, voice), Ashley Ruckman (soprano), Cole Mcllquham (tenor), Ilkhom Mukhiddinov (violin), Ann Kuo (flute), Najee Greenlee (clarinet), Qianru Elaine He (violin), Lin He (judge, strings), Robert Carnochan (judge, winds & percussion)


NAFTZGER YOUNG ARTISTS AWARD RECIPIENT ($5,000 Grand Prize)

Zhengyi Huang, University of Michigan, piano

DIVISION WINNERS ($2,000 Cash Prize)

  • Strings Division Winner: Qianru Elaine He, Manhattan School of Music, violin
  • Vocal Division Winner: Cole Mcllquham, Wichita State University, tenor
  • Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Division Winner: Ann Kuo, Colburn School, flute

DIVISION RUNNERS UP ($500 Cash Prize)

  • Strings Division Runner Up: Ilkhom Mukhiddinov, Park University, violin
  • Vocal Division Runner Up: Ashley Ruckman, Wichita State University, soprano
  • Piano Division Runner Up: Jiyeon Lee, Missouri State University
  • Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Runner Up: Najee Greenlee, Rice University, clarinet

Past Naftzger Winners


Administration

The Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards are administered by Wichita State University's School of Music and 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.