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Guild Welcomes New Trustees

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Feb 29, 2012

Guild members elected two new Guild trustees at our Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in November 2011. We are pleased to welcome:

  • Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, Vice President of Programming and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization, Detroit, MI
  • Helen Eaton, Executive Director, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

Our new trustees offer a high degree of leadership experience and expertise that will guide the Guild's efforts to support and advance access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.


Afa Sadykhly Dworkin has worked with the Sphinx Organization since 1999. In her current role of vice-president of programming and artistic director she handles oversight and programmatic design of all artistic and educational affairs of the organization. During her tenure, she has developed and maintained a comprehensive national database of minority musicians, coordinated the program content of an interactive educational CD-ROM utilized in schools nationwide and launched key partnerships with dozens of symphony orchestras around the country, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Baltimore Symphony. She has appeared as a speaker and presenter at national conferences, including the National Association for Schools of Music, the League of American Symphony Orchestras and Americans for the Arts. Most recently, she adjudicated the Artistic Excellence category grants for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ms. Dworkin serves on the board of trustees of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Serafina Arts and APEX. She also serves as a principal advisor for Casa de Lerma Musicale (a music publishing firm founded by preeminent musicologist Dominique Rene de Lerma). An accomplished violinist trained in the Russian National Conservatory system, Ms. Dworkin graduated with High Honors from the University of Michigan with bachelor's and master's degrees in violin performance. Ms. Dworkin may be heard as an electric violinist on a CD entitled “Bar-Talk”, featuring the renowned violin duets by Bela Bartok. Ms. Dworkin resides in the Ann Arbor, MI, area with her husband and two sons.

Helen Eaton joined Settlement Music School in August 2010 as only the sixth executive director in its 104-year history. Since then, Settlement has completed its $25 million Centennial Campaign, opened a newly-constructed 25,000 square foot facility in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, launched a comprehensive community engagement effort, and initiated significant new programming with the School’s group and ensemble instruction. From 2007-2010, Eaton was president and executive director of Chicago Children’s Choir, during which time it opened up an 8th Neighborhood Choir program and received the 2010 Alford-Axelson Honorable Mention Award for Non-Profit Managerial Excellence. Prior to leading the Choir, Eaton was at the Merit School of Music for 12 years, first as a violin and viola faculty member and then as dean of programs. At Merit she led considerable program growth, which included an increase of several thousand students and the development of programs that won Merit multiple awards, including from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Eaton served on the board of directors for the Chicago High School for the Arts and on the board of directors of Leadership Illinois, an organization dedicated to education relating to the advancement of women. Eaton received her bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she studied viola with William Lincer and received her master of arts in music history and theory from the University of Chicago.

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