SphinxConnect

Sphinx Connect & 20th Annual Sphinx Finals Competition Concert 

SphinxConnect Detroit Public Television is proud to, once again, partner with Sphinx on the competition, the conference and throughout the year.

The Sphinx Organization focuses on transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts; as part of that mission, the organization presented a national convention on inclusion and diversity in the arts, Sphinx Connect 2017.

The Sphinx Competition Finals took place at Orchestra Hall, showcasing some of the finest African-American and Latino string musicians in the country. 

Watch the hour-long broadcast that aired on Detroit Public Television on February 28 below.

20th Annual Sphinx Finals Competition Senior Division finalists accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.

Watch SphinxConnect 2017 On-Demand

Sphinx Webcast Schedule

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

THURSDAY

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Opening Plenary

Performances - Thomas Mesa, Cello, Xavier Foley, Double Bass

 

Welcome Address

Welcome Address, The Founder’s Story - Afa S. Dworkin, President and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization, Aaron P. Dworkin, Dean, University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, Wake Forest University

FRIDAY

9:00am to 9:50am

Connecting the Pipeline

Leaders of major conservatories and programs will gather for a discussion focused on connecting the pipeline, specifically as it relates to training and education. - Jason Geary, Director, University of Maryland School of Music, Fred Bronstein, Dean, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Karen Zorn, President, Longy School of Music of Bard College

10:00am to 10:50am

Funding Inclusion

This funder roundtable will bring together leaders in philanthropy who actively support the arts, diversity and creative expression-- Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America, Susan Feder, Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kamilah Henderson, Program Officer, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Margaret Morton, Program Officer, Ford Foundation

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Sphinx Artist Showcase

Performances - Alkali, Santiago Cañón – Valencia, Catalyst Quartet, Dover Quartet, Xavier Foley, Christine Lamprea, PUBLIQuartet, Trio Nova Mundi, Warp Trio

8:00pm to 9:00pm

Arthur L. Johnson Memorial Lecture

Arthur L. Johnson Memorial Series: Martina Arroyo, 2017 Award Recipient; Aaron Dworkin interviews this year's recipient, Martina Arroyo a soprano singer. -- Aaron P. Dworkin, Dean, University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Martina Arroyo, Soprano, 2017 Award Recipient

SATURDAY

9:00am to 9:50am

Beyond the music

Founders/leaders of music-based projects that improve society will gather to discuss their projects/experiences before engaging with the audience in a Q & A -- Katie Wyatt, Executive Director, El Sistema USA & Kidznotes, Angelica Durrell, Founder and Executive Director, INTAKE Music, Angelica Hairston, Teaching Artist, Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, Alexandra Soumm, Co-Founder, Esperanz'Arts

10:00am to 10:50am

Building the Pipeline

Receive inspiration, advice, and examples of programs and people who have had success in building the pipeline -- Lee Koonce, President & Artistic Director / Gateways Music Festival, Walter Bitner, Director of Education & Community Engagement, Nashville Symphony, Sarah Johnson, Director, Weill, John Kieser, Executive Vice President and Provost, New World Symphony Music Institute, Carnegie Hall, Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools.

11:00am to 11:50am

Mozart was a Hustler, Too

This session will focus on portfolio/hybrid careers, their existence and historical context/resonance -- Mark Clague, Director of Entrepreneurship and Career Services at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, Jonathan Kuuskoski, Assistant Director, Robyn Quinnett, Violinist and Founder of Montserrat Music FestivalEntrepreneurship & Career Services, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

2:00pm to 2:50pm

The Orchestra as a Predominantly White Institution

The session will provide inspiration, advice, and information on orchestral life, diversity, and more. Alex Laing, Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony, John Madison, Principal Violist, Michigan Opera Theatre, Maureen Conlon Gutierrez, Violinist, Trio Nova Mundi; Concertmaster, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Titus Underwood, Oboist, Garrett McQueen, Bassoon, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm to 3:50pm

Butterflies and Chameleons

This hosted panel will bring together leaders from across the field who have had varied experiences and careers-- Caen Thomason-Redus, Director of Community and Learning, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Danielle Belen, Associate Professor of Violin, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Charlotte Lee, President and Founder, Primo Artists, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Composer, Performer

4:00pm to 4:50pm

Building Your Brand

Inspiration and advice on how to build a brand for musicians, ensembles, branding for special projects, and more.Lara Downes, Artist and Activist, Drew Alexander Forde, Independent Contractor, Allison Loggins-Hull, Flutist, composer and educator, Co-founder of Flutronix, Jannina Norpoth, Violinist, PUBLIQuartet/HOLLANDS

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Closing Plenary

A Look Ahead - Eric Booth, Actor, Author, Founding Editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Composer, Performer, Stanford Thompson, Founder and Executive Director, Play On, Philly!, Jennifer Arnold, Sphinx Diversity Fellow; Violist, Oregon Symphony, Afa S. Dworkin, President and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization

SUNDAY

2pm

20th Annual Competition Concert at Orchestra Hall

Inspiration and advice on how to build a brand for musicians, ensembles, branding for special projects, and more.Lara Downes, Artist and Activist, Drew Alexander Forde, Independent Contractor, Allison Loggins-Hull, Flutist, composer and educator, Co-founder of Flutronix, Jannina Norpoth, Violinist, PUBLIQuartet/HOLLANDS

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