Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sphinx Monthly Headlines - February 2017: 20th Annual Sphinx Competition Feb. 12th at 2 PM; Sphinx Artist Showcase Friday, Feb. 10th at 5 PM, Westin Book Cadillac

On Feb. 12th at 2:00pm, watch 3 of the nation's top classical musicians of color compete for the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize and the "Sphinx Audience Choice Award" sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. 
Special guests include the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, award-winning artists Karen Clark Sheard and jessica Care moore, and the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club.

Register HERE to attend SphinxConnect. See amazing talent and book your next attraction at the Sphinx Artist Showcase on Friday, Feb. 10th at 5pm at Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit! The talents of top diverse artists will be presented and live-streamed around the world. A prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the jury's selection, and the audience will vote for the recipient of a $500 Audience Choice Award.

The Sphinx Performance Academy is now accepting applications for the 2017 summer. We will be returning to Roosevelt University from June 30 - July 14, 2017, and we're excited to announce a new partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. They will be hosting this summer's session from July 23 - August 6, 2017.
Application deadline is Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MASCO Corporation Commits Special Support of Sphinx20
To commemorate Sphinx's 20th Anniversary of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, MASCO Corporation has committed special support to our mission and music education programs!
Since Sphinx's inception in 1998, MASCO has been a valued partner in ensuring access to the arts and arts education in underserved and underrepresented communities. Their philosophy around philanthropic activities and engagement has enabled Sphinx to reach over 100,000 students, and give over $2.5M in scholarships to students and musicians. "We are honored to celebrate this milestone with our treasured partners like MASCO, whose steadfast commitment to our community and mission had played a transformative role", said Afa Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization.
With the support of MASCO Corporation Foundation, Sphinx is excited to welcome hundreds of artists, industry leaders, youths and audiences to its signature 20th anniversary events, including SphinxConnect and the Sphinx Competition.
Thank you to MASCO Corporation for their enormous commitment and partnership!

Kazem Abdullah will conduct the program, which includes the world premiere of a yet-unnamed piece composed by Blanchard marking the 50th anniversary of Detroit's tumultuous summer of 1967, as well as Jeffrey Mumford's cello concerto titled of fields unfolding...echoing depths of resonant light. Cellist Christine Lamprea, First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition, joins the DSO as guest soloist for the cello concerto.

Annelle announced CD "Rachmaninoff: Complete Works & Transcriptions for Violin & Piano" official release by Bridge Records in February! 
Check out her promo video!

An annual two-week-long workshop for exceptional young string players aged 15-22 that combines personalized musical education with the freedom to explore a stronger sense of bodily, mental, and emotional awareness through the daily practice of yoga. Intermission Sessions is the first-ever music festival placing equal importance on both physical and mental discipline in a safe and supportive environment, founded by two active performing violinists who have personally experienced the benefits of incorporating yoga into their lives and performing careers for over seven years.
Learn more at

Congratulations to SPA Alumni!

  • Joshua Leak has been accepted to Berklee College of Music
  • Epongue Ekille has been accepted to Yale University, was one of the winners of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and has been selected to be a member of the First Violin section of the 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Orchestra!
  • SPA Quartet, the Perfect Fourth, performed with Black Violin at the National Association of Music Merchants on January 21st in Anaheim, CA

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