Throughout 2017, Sphinx has been celebrating our 20th anniversary and sharing the amazing stories of our artists, partners, family, and friends. As we wrap up this milestone year, we will be sharing weekly special messages from some of our alumni: personal accounts of the way Sphinx has changed their lives, and their hopes for what Sphinx will accomplish – with your help – in the future.

Week 1: Ana Lucía Galarza

Sphinx made my education possible and completely changed my life. My journey began with the Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) in 2010 and 2011. At this full-scholarship intensive summer camp, it was incredible to be surrounded by Latino and Black students that loved classical music. As the only Latina musician in my youth symphony and quartet back home, SPA was the first time I felt like I belonged in classical music.

After SPA, Sphinx awarded me an MPower Artist Grant, allowing me to study at The City College of New York and graduate with a Music degree. I took classes that transformed me into a composer/songwriter, and I premiered an original composition. I want to continue down this path, and without Sphinx I might not have discovered my passion for composing.

Sphinx’s education programs shaped my career and life so far, from the preparation and confidence I got from SPA, to the grant that funded my studies and lead me to my true calling. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of Sphinx. With your help, this organization can continue to change the lives of students like me for years to come – but we do need your help. Will you please make a donation today? A gift of $200 in honor of Sphinx’s 20th anniversary can sponsor an educational field trip for SPA students who are discovering and pursuing their dreams like I did.

Thank you!
Ana Lucía Galarza

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 like playing the violin because it is fun and I get to play and learn on an instrument that I actually like.


Overture Student

Sphinx provides a vital link that connects emerging musicians with new audiences and brings first-rate classical music to traditionally underserved populations. This critical and strategic investment will pay dividends by supporting future talent and fostering a sense of appreciation for classical music.

Mark Wallace

Sphinx Donor

My experience at the Sphinx Competition encouraged me to work that much harder at the art form that I had fallen in love with and dedicated my life to...Now, as a professional musician, I can look on the Sphinx Organization and see the profound impact that it is having in the world.

Joseph Conyers

Double Bass, Philadelphia Orchestra; Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, MPower Grant Recipient

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

Had Sphinx been around when I was younger, I would have been able to access serious instruction sooner. I think Sphinx serves a vital purpose, opening doors of opportunity doors wider that before were only opened the tiniest crack.

Anthony Elliott

Professor of Cello, University of Michigan/Faculty

Sphinx has had a huge impact on my life. Now the Sphinx MPower Grant will allow me to acquire a fine bass, and put me closer to reaching my ultimate goal, a permanent orchestra position. Sphinx has created a network of support for minority classic musicians that didn’t exist before, and it gives everyone a deeper connection to the music that we all love.

Eric Thompson

Double bass, Sphinx Competition alum, MPower Artist Grant Recipient

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

I have a great affinity for Sphinx, and their commitment to diversity in classical music. At its core, our missions are aligned, whether it be advocating for people where access to music is a challenge, to finding innovative, artistic solutions to very ingrained societal issues in this country.

Adrian Anatawan

Violin, speaker at SphinxCon 2014

Sphinx has been one of the best gifts of my musical life. It has not only given me hope for the future of music for younger generations, but it has inspired and re-affirmed my own life’s work, and continues to validate my choice to be a part of this great profession. Rosalyn Story

Violin,Fort Worth Symphony; Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and MPower Artist Grant Recipient

Sphinx plays a vital role in the field of music: its ongoing commitment to the central issue of diversity is providing unprecedented opportunities for a broad range of young people.

Clive Gillinson

Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall

Sphinx promotes just what I’m looking for. It sets the ground for building new relationships, fosters growth and looks forward to change. Our art is in good hands.

Francisco Vila

Soloist and cellist of Macondo Chamber Players; Sphinx Competition alum and Sphinx Virtuosi member

Besides the joy of sharing music and touching people, my favorite part of being in the Sphinx community is getting to meet some of the greatest musicians in the world, make new friends, all while bringing diversity and color to the concert stage.

Ade Williams

Sphinx Competition First Place Junior Laureate, Sphinx Virtuosi

I think the Sphinx Organization is having a huge impact on the world of music, and their concept of diversity is changing the world. I think the more diverse, the better, because you have different ways of seeing the world, different perspectives to bring to the table that only makes for more success, more excellence.

Anthony McGill

Clarinet, Sphinx Medals of Excellence Awardee


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