It is no riddle: the Sphinx Organization is making an enormous and positive impact on the nation’s cultural scene. Join up with us at Detroit Public Television and find out why in the coming days at the 2019 SphinxConnect and the Sphinx Finals Concert this weekend in Detroit. Detroit Public Television partners on Live coverage – starting tonight – through Sunday afternoon at dptv.org/sphinx.
SphinxConnect is an epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity, allowing them to convene to be celebrated and empowered by the Sphinx Organization as they welcome hundreds of musicians, industry leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates, and administrators for this transformative experience. For more information and to register, click here.
The Senior Division 22nd Sphinx Finals Concert will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 in Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. The Junior Division competition will be held the previous day, Friday, Feb. 1.
In both competitions, young Black and Latinx classical string players perform before a public audience and under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges for $50,000 in prizes and scholarships. Many Sphinx Competition laureates and competitors today continue their careers as professional musicians and educators. For complete details, click here.
If you can’t attend the proceedings in-person, you can watch via Detroit Public Television livestream coverage:
- Thursday, January 31: SphinxConnect, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 1: SphinxConnect, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 2: SphinxConnect, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 2: 22nd Annual Sphinx Finals Competition Concert, 7:15-9:30 p.m.
Based in Detroit, the Sphinx Organization is a national organization, led by Afa S. Dworkin, dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The organization’s founding and mission were informed by the life experiences of Aaron Dworkin, who, as a young Black violinist, was acutely aware of the lack of diversity both on stage and in the audience in concert halls. Sphinx works to create positive change in the arts field and in communities across the country through a variety of programs organized into four main principles: Education and access, artist development, performing artists, and arts leadership
SphinxConnect is one of the many programs under the arts leadership principle of the organization. The conference will feature over 30 sessions designed to inspire and ignite action, participation of more than 60 speakers, a curated showcase featuring some of the nation’s top musicians, keynote addresses by luminaries and trailblazers, a special session for entrepreneurs, professional development and job placement opportunities, and much more.
Following SphinxConnect is the 22nd Annual Sphinx Finals Concert, where a select few are chosen to compete for up to $50,000. The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. Watch a segment from last year’s Finals Concert, where 2018 Senior Division Finalist, Rubén Rengel, (photographed above) speaks about his background and the impact of music.