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:
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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