The Kristina Townsend competition honors the memory Townsend Opera Players (now Opera Modesto) founder Erik Buck and Erika Townsend’s daughter Kristina. She loved music and she loved to sing. The competition is designed to encourage and inspire emerging talented young singers in her honor.
The competition is usually held in March. Singers ages 16 – 26 who live in the central valley perform two classical pieces of their choice and are judged by professional artists. Winners in each age category receive an award ranging from $200 – $500.