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First Lady Michelle Obama, Sphinx Overture student Joselyn Hernandez, and Afa S. Dworkin.

First Lady Recognizes Sphinx at the White House

On November 15, Sphinx received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

Read about it in The Detroit News, Crain’s Detroit, and the Flint Journal!

On its 20th anniversary, Sphinx presents a historic new work featuring the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club

The Sphinx Organization and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club are pleased to announce a partnership in presenting a newly composed work titled “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” by composer Joel Thompson. This commission is made possible in part with the support of Linda and Stuart Nelson.

This is a powerful multi-movement work honoring the lives of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kenneth Chamberlain, Amadou Diallo, and John Crawford. Read more…

20 Years 2 Million Stories

2017 marks the Sphinx Organization’s 20th anniversary. We celebrate this milestone and the partners who have helped uplift and transform the lives of thousands of students, musicians, and arts entrepreneurs, as well as millions of audience members around the world.


  • Sphinx is asking YOU to be a part of our celebration of 20 Years, 2 Million Stories! We encourage anyone and everyone who has been touched by Sphinx’s mission to share their story of any length with us, by posting on facebook with the hashtag #SphinxStories. We can’t wait to hear your contributions!
  • Join us at SphinxConnect, a career marketplace for musicians of color February 9 – 12, 2017

Robert Smith with the Sphinx Virtuosi. Photo: Brian Hatton Photography

Robert Smith presented with Sphinx Trailblazer Award

During the October 20 Sphinx Virtuosi performance at Carnegie Hall, the Sphinx Organization was thrilled to present Robert Smith with the first Sphinx Trailblazer Award, in recognition for his commitment to social justice and the arts. The award was presented by Aaron Dworkin, Dr. William H. Carson, and Afa S. Dworkin.

I am just in awe of what Sphinx has accomplished, but even more excited about its future. Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist, virtuoso, and orchestral composer

I don’t think a day has gone by that the Sphinx family hasn’t played some kind of role in my life…This fine organization is truly a game-changer. Danielle Belen

Associate Professor, University of Michigan/Faculty, Colburn School

I have grown because of Sphinx and will continue to grow propelled by the tremendous support of the Sphinx community. Where I will go is undetermined, but I know I will go far. Sphinx has ensured it.

Gabrielle Hooper

Sphinx Performance Academy alum

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