Thursday, February 17, 2011 'Aaron P. Dworkin Named Recipient of Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award'

[Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization]

“Violinist and Founder of Sphinx Organization to Lecture March 11
(Cambridge, MA)—Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, which focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music performance and education, is the recipient of Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award. Dworkin will visit Harvard University on Friday, March 11 to attend a lunch in his honor and deliver a lecture, 'Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Sphinx Organization and Classical Music,' which will be held at 3 pm at the Barker Center for the Humanities, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA. Admission is free and open to the public (tickets or RSVPs are not required). For more information, call 617.495.8676 or visit

“The Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award, which offers an honorarium of $10,000 to a nationally recognized educator and is administered by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, was established by Professor and Mrs. Ray A. Goldberg and the Max Goldberg Foundation in order to perpetuate the values and teaching skills represented by the late Professor Vosgerchian who, at her retirement from Harvard University in 1990, was the Walter W. Naumberg Professor of Music Emerita in the Department of Music. The guidelines require that the recipient embody the following qualities: selfless commitment; artistic conscience; a constant renewal of approach to subject matter; ability to motivate in a positive and creative way; a sincere interest in the development of the whole person; and the ability to present musical knowledge in a way that is applicable to other disciplines.

“'Aaron Dworkin embodies the very qualities that the creators of the Luise Vosgerchian Award hold most dear,” said Jack Megan, Director, Office for the Arts at Harvard. “Just as Professor Vosgerchian did, Mr. Dworkin has inspired generations of students with his energy, passion, devotion and musical brilliance. Through the creation of Sphinx, he has fostered the musical development of literally thousands of young people, and begun to change the face of classical music both with regard to orchestral membership and repertoire. He is an artist, an advocate, a strategist and a man on a mission, and the ripple effects of his work are being felt in classical music circles across the country.'” [Aaron Dworkin (b. 1970) is profiled at and at]

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