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Sphinx Launches EXIGENCE to Promote Choral Singers of Color

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Oct 24, 2017

Sphinx Organization has announced the launch of EXIGENCE, a professional vocal ensemble designed to support Black and Latino communities. According to Sphinx, “The mission of EXIGENCE is to promote excellence and diversity through choral music within Black and Latino communities by creating a platform for soloists and composers of color while inspiring and challenging audiences around the country and world.”

Led by founding director Eugene Rogers, the ensemble is comprised of solo performers, vocal teachers, conductors, and composters. Alongside traditional classical concert repertoire, “works by Black and Latino composers will also be programmed with the goals of highlighting the multi-faceted personnel of the ensemble, giving voice to composers of color, and challenging the audience to consider pertinent issues affecting society today.”

"We believe that vocal concert music continues to need more voices at the table from disparate backgrounds and perspectives," said Rogers, a two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, and 2017 recipient of the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence. "It is an honor to launch this important and much needed professional ensemble that highlights and expands the opportunities of diversity within the professional vocal and choral community."

Learn more about the program here.

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