Fritz and Lavinia Jensen

Our Origins

The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation administered by Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established by Lavinia Jensen in honor of her late husband Fritz, the Jensen Foundation has benefited many musicians and musical organizations. The philanthropic centerpiece of The Jensen Foundation is the annual Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition supporting young artists pursuing a career in opera. The first competition took place in May 2000 and saw a field of 91 competitors. For the 2017 competition, 274 singers applied for 100 audition slots.


Our Board of Directors

Oliver Worthington, Butler University | President of the Board
R. Benjamin Leaptrott, Jr.,  Brenau University |  Vice President of the Board
Paul Anderson, Bank of America
Ian Derrer, Kentucky Opera
George King, Energy Intelligence
Jane Pardue, Retired
William Fred Scott, Chanticleer
Dona D. Vaughn, OperaMaine & Manhattan School of Music


Todd Munday

In Memorium

The Jensen Foundation's Munday Encouragement Award is named in honor of Lendon Todd Munday, an internationally known lyric baritone in Opera and Oratorio. Before his untimely death in 2000, Todd devoted tremendous time and energy to organizing the Foundation's first vocal competition. It is fitting our Encouragement Award be named for, and embody, Todd's commitment to helping young singers overcome professional obstacles.