The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation was established by Lavinia Jensen in honor of her late husband Fritz Jensen. Their lifelong love for the arts has benefited many musicians and musical organizations. The Foundation's purpose is to continue their philanthropic support of the musical arts. The centerpiece of The Jensen Foundation is the annual voice competition designed to enhance the careers of singers in opera or classical singing.
The first competition took place in May 2000, organized by Vice-President and Manager of the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Todd Munday. The 2000 competition saw a field of 91 competitors. Currently the competition receives 200-300 applications each year.
For more information about the competition, view the Introductory Video and review the list of the current Jensen Foundation Board or Directors.