Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sphinx Monthly Headlines, March 2017: Two New Staff; Apply for Performance Academy & MPower Artist Grants; Gold Bow for 2017 Laureate Annelle Gregory

As Director of Education, Jacqueline Jove will have oversight of the Sphinx Overture program, Overture Summer Camp and SPA (Sphinx Performance Academy) at Roosevelt University and Cleveland Institute of Music.
As Director of Artist Development, Stephanie Matthews will run the national Sphinx Competition including partnerships with over 30 orchestras, top music schools and summer programs in addition to managing the national Sphinx Virtuosi Tour.
Both positions join the Programming Team under the leadership of Andre Dowell, the Chief Programming Officer.

The Sphinx Performance Academy is now accepting applications for summer 2017. 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

Request funding for professional opportunities, educational pursuits, and more. Be sure to submit your application(s) by March 20, 2017!
More information can be found HERE.

SphinxConnect and the national Sphinx Competition will take place in Detroit January 31 - February 4, 2018. Sphinx is also seeking session proposals for SphinxConnect 2018, the epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity. If you are interested in proposing session content for this exciting convening, the deadline is April 21, 2017!

The 'Tourte-Voirin' Model Berg Bow With Stabilized African Blackwood Frog:
Bow maker Michael Duff made a surprising discovery which enhanced the sound of his bows, already famous for their Pernambuco appearance and responsiveness. He considers a bow as a continuous sound loop, stick, frog and horsetail hair. All these components need to function optimally. By increasing the sound velocity by 15%, of hardwoods used for making the frogs, an audible enhancement in sound was achieved.

Violinist Arnold Steinhardt describes it as "Jumping out at you, with nuance." This is the most significant contribution to bow making since Tourte's discovery, in 1765, of the use of Pernambuco wood of bow making.

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