Sphinx Competition Turns 24 And Goes Virtual For 2021 | WMUK

Sphinx Competition Turns 24 And Goes Virtual For 2021

Jan 26, 2021

The finalists in the senior and junior division of the 2021 Sphinx Competition.
Credit courtesy of the Sphinx Organization

At 7 pm on Saturday, Jan 30 the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latinx classical string players will be held online, and prizes up to $50,000 will be awarded to the three senior and three junior finalists. As president and artistic director Afa Dworkin tells Cara Lieurance, although it's not an in-person competition this year, there will be suspense as the pre-recorded performances are streamed and adjudicated in real time as the finalists look on. For maximum accessibility, it will be a free event, streamed at sphinxmusic.org.

Afa Dworkin
Credit Kevin Kennedy

SphinxConnect, which runs Jan 28-30, will draw hundreds of arts leaders and performers together to work on inclusion and diversity in the arts by focusing on a variety of topics. It is now in its 5th year. Dworkin encourages anyone in performance, arts education, or arts organization to register. A pay-what-you-can option is available this year.

In its 24 years, the Sphinx Organization has launched the careers of successful solo artists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras, reached millions of school-aged kids, and seen growth in the diversity of American orchestras. Dworkin says perhaps the greatest outcome of this effort has been the community formed among its 800+ program participants, as the seasons produce yearly cohorts of outstanding talent.

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