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May 30, 2006
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

KU music students take home Naftzger Young Artists awards, honors

LAWRENCE — Two music students at the University of Kansas received first-place awards at the Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards competition, held May 5-6 at Wichita State University.

David James Lara, spring 2006 master’s degree graduate from Buhler, won first place in the voice category. James Daniel Cockman III, a doctoral student from Pleasant Hill, Mo., wond first in piano. Lara and Cockman received $2,000 each for their first-place awards.

Three more KU students also were selected for final performance competition: Eunmee Song and Hae Ju Choi in piano and Jonathan Thomas in voice.

Lara sang “Hai gia vinta la causa” from “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, “Au bord de l’eau” by Faure, “Come Away, Death” by Quilter and “Aufenthalt” by Schubert. Mark Ferrell, KU associate professor of voice/opera, was his accompanist.

Cockman performed Igor Stravinsky’s “Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments.” Jack Winerock, KU professor of piano, was his accompanist.

Musicians performed for judges May 5, and three students from each division — voice, piano and instrumental — were chosen to perform in the finals May 6.

The Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards competition is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma or nonresidents who are enrolled in a college, university or conservatory in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Naftzger Fund for the Arts and administered by the Wichita Symphony Society Inc. The 2006 Naftzger Awards offered up to $11,000 in cash prizes.

For more information, please contact the Department of Music and Dance in KU’s School of Fine Arts at (785) 864-3436.

KU contestants, their hometowns, majors, parents’ names, high schools or previous degrees and their competition results are:

RENO COUNTY
From Buhler
David James Lara, master’s degree student in voice and opera, is the son of Suzanne Lara. He has a bachelor’s in music from KU and is a Buhler High School graduate. He won first place in voice.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Jonathan Wesley Thomas, master’s degree student in voice and opera, is the son of
Joe and Beth Thomas. He has a bachelor’s of music from KU in voice and is a graduate of Olathe South High School. He was a finalist in voice.

MISSOURI
From Pleasant Hill
James Cockman III, doctoral student in piano performance, is the son of Dan and Sheila Cockman. He has a master’s degree from Central Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College, Liberty Mo. He won first place in piano.

SOUTH KOREA
From Anyang, Kyungki-do
Eunmee Song, sophomore in piano performance, is the daughter of Kwang-Won Song. She was a finalist in piano.

From Ansan si, Kyungki-do
Hae Ju Choi, senior in piano, is the daughter of Young-jin Choi. She was a finalist in piano.

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