For College Students

For young musicians who take their studies to the collegiate level, the Wichita Symphony has built continuing education programs into its core. A partnership with the Wichita State University School of Music allow graduate level students to perform on a professional level, and the Naftzger Young Artists Competition awards $11,000 in prizes to exceptional students in the three-state area.


Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Awards

Competition Dates: March 20-21, 2015

Administered by the Wichita Symphony, the Naftzger Young Artists Competition offers cash prizes in four divisions: 1) Piano, 2) Voice, 3) Strings, including Harp; and 4) Winds, Brass, and Percussion.

Congratulations to the 2014 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Winners

OVERALL WINNER  Mansur Kadirov of Park University, cello

WOODWINDS/BRASS/PERCUSSION DIVISION Luke Eckhoff of the Eastman School of Music, clarinet

PIANO DIVISION Kyle Naig of University of Kansas

VOCAL DIVISION Alannah Garnier of UMKC, soprano




One person will be named the Naftzger Young Artist Award and win $5,000.  Three other division prizes will be awarded at $2,000 each.


The competition is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, regardless of their school or study, or non-residents who are enrolled at a college, university or conservatory in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.

Deadline for entry – January 30, 2015
For complete information containing an entry form, call 316-267-5259. Our application form is being updated and will be available in August.

  • Download Entry Form in PDF Form Here
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 No handwritten forms will be accepted. You must download the above form, FILL out the information required, PRINT it, and MAIL it along with your ENTRY FEE!


Cooperative Education Programs with
Wichita State University

The WSO maintains a relationship with the Wichita State University School of Music. This partnership allows musicians studying for their masters degree the opportunity to perform as members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

If you are an undergraduate student looking to get your masters degree, you’ll be hard pressed to find this opportunity elsewhere. Click here to request more information on the Wichita State University graduate program.