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Sphinx Receives $4 Million Gift

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Jan 09, 2014
Detroit, MI
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Last week, the Sphinx Organization received a $4 million anonymous gift, the largest single contribution in the organization's history. The gift will expand the scope of Sphinx’s educational and training programs that aim to empower its alumni to pursue transformational artistic and career opportunities.

“We are deeply grateful for this incredibly generous gift which will enable us to capitalize tremendously on the depth of the programs we have been building over the past two decades," shared founder and president of Sphinx, Aaron P. Dworkin. 
 
As a result, Sphinx announced an enhancement to the top scholarship awards for its flagship program, the annual national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. In addition, Sphinx will launch a competitive scholarship program for alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and the 2012 and 2013 Sphinx Medals of Excellence. Along with this, an intensive training program is being established for emerging conductors of color in partnership with several leading orchestras in the country. 
 
In the coming months, Sphinx will continue developing additional initiatives designed to further expand the impact of its programs over the next five years.
 
 
About Sphinx Overture
The Sphinx Overture program offers free weekly year-long classes in introductory violin performance for elementary school students in Detroit and Flint, MI.  The program is designed to address the needs of students in pursuit of music studies at beginning levels who have not had access to steady, balanced musical training.  Sphinx Overture also features a guest artist/ensemble performance, including Catalyst Quartet, Sphinx's premiere ensemble.
 
 
 
Photo Credit: Glenn Triest for Sphinx Organization

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