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Naftzger Young Artists

2017 Naftzger Auditions and Awards

First Round
March 24, 2017

March 25, 2017


One person will be named the Naftzger Young Artist and win $5,000. Three other division prizes will be awarded $2,000 each, and four division runner-up awards of $500.


For complete information and an application form, please download the application and brochure below or call (316) 267-5259. Please mail your completed application with your entry fee and recording to:

Naftzger Auditions
Wichita Symphony Society, Inc.
Century II Concert Hall
225 W Douglas, Suite 207
Wichita, KS 67202

IMPORTANT NOTE: No handwritten forms will be accepted. You must download the  form, fill out the information required, print it and mail it along with your entry fee.


2017 Judging Panel

About Christopher Taylor, piano judge

Hailed by critics as “frighteningly talented” (The New York Times) and “a great pianist” (The Los Angeles Times), Christopher Taylor has distinguished himself throughout his career as an innovative musician with a diverse array of talents and interests. 
Click to read Christopher Taylor's full biography.

About Holly Mulcahy, strings judge

As an in-demand performer, Holly maintains a very busy schedule serving as traveling concertmaster for the Emmy Award winner George Daugherty’s Bugs Bunny at the Symphony program and performing with the Grammy award-winning Nashville and Milwaukee Symphonies. 
Click to read Holly Mulcahy's full biography.

Matthew DiBattista, vocal judge

Described as “brilliant” by Opera News, tenor, Matthew DiBattista, is continually in demand on some of the world’s most prestigious stages having performed opera and concert works throughout the United States and Europe.  DiBattista has appeared three times with the Wichita Symphony. 
Click to read Matthew DiBattista's full biography.

Ayden Adler, winds/brass/percussion judge

With a background as a performer, writer, teacher and administrator, Dr. Ayden Adler serves as Dean of the School of Music at DePauw University. Previously, Dr. Adler served as Senior Vice President and Dean at the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. 
Click to read Ayden Adler's full biography.

Congratulations to our 2016 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions Winners:

Artem Kuznetsov of Park University, piano 

First Place: Caleb Shannon of Oklahoma State University, saxophone
Runner Up: Michael Carp of Wichita State University, percussion

First Place: Dilshod Narzillaev of Park University, cello
​Runner Up: Hao Miao of University of North Texas, violin

First Place: Armando Contreras of University of Missouri, Kansas City, baritone
​Runner Up: Carolyn Ramseur of Wichita State University, mezzo soprano


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