SphinxConnect 2018

the epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity

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Join us for the second annual epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity, Feb. 1-4, 2018 in Detroit, MI. Join hundreds of musicians, industry leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates, and more for this transformative weekend!

Register now for SphinxConnect!

Available tickets:

General Admission
Full Pass: allows access to all activities throughout the convening, including a ticket to the Sphinx Competition on Feb. 4
$150 (Deadline: Jan. 29, 2018)

Student Ticket
Full Pass: allows access to all activities throughout the event,  including a ticket to the Sphinx Competition on Feb. 4 [Student ID will be required upon registration]
$35 (Deadline: Jan. 29, 2018)

Don’t miss these special events happening at SphinxConnect!

Explore Teaching Artistry with Eric Booth

Learn more about this special session!

Teaching Artistry expands your artistry to find new ways to reach audiences, new tools to connect to audiences who may not (yet) love the music you love, to secure more work with additional skills that a wide range of employers find valuable. This session will ground you in the fundamentals of the practice, and get you started on discovering your own journey as an teaching artist.
The session is free to those registered for SphinxConnect – sign up now!

Have your problem solved during Marshall Marcus’ SphinxConnect Diversity Surgery!

Have you ever wanted to be able to use the energy and knowledge of the audience at a conference to help you meet your challenges?

Bring a problem to the surgery – in this case a challenge that you have associated with bringing greater diversity to your project or organization – and the challenge is analyzed with your audience! Think of it as a free consultancy using the astounding expertise that can be found in every SphinxConnect audience. If you want to make progress, get us to do the work with you in the first ever SphinxConnect Diversity Surgery.
If you are interested in pitching your diversity challenge in the surgery session, send your challenge (250 words max), to SphinxConnect@SphinxMusic.org by December 29, 2017!

SphinxConnect Combined Orchestra Fellowship Audition

Learn more about this exciting audition!

SphinxConnect string participants are invited to take part in a combined audition for the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/CCM Diversity Fellowship in Detroit during SphinxConnect.  The audition will count as a preliminary round for both Fellowships using the same repertoire. Click both links below to sign up for an audition on February 1 or 2. You must complete both forms to be considered for both fellowships. Bass players only need to complete the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship form.

Sign up and learn more below:
Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship

SphinxConnect Video Initiative

Want to know more?

In an effort to provide educational and professional resources to our community, Sphinx is producing a series of short, dynamic videos as an extension of SphinxConnect. These videos will compile ideas and advice from industry leaders, similar to what happens in sessions at SphinxConnect, into short, dynamic videos.
We hope these videos prove to be helpful resources!

Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition (formerly SAQA) will provide musicians of color with the unique opportunity to play an audition for a panel representing several orchestras. The immediate aim of the experience is to identify musicians for invitation to auditions, pre-advancement at auditions and/or placement on substitute player lists. An additional immediate aim is to align participating musicians with needed support. The ultimate goal of this initiative is job placement for musicians of color in American orchestras. Applicants need not be Sphinx alumni.

To apply for SOPA, you must:

  • Upload your resume HERE
  • Upload a video of your SOPA excerpts HERE
    • Application excerpts are HERE, listed by instrument
  • Complete this application – please note that you cannot save this application, so you will want to have all your materials ready
Important Dates
ASAP: deadline to apply for SOPA
Dec. 1: Excerpts for SOPA announced (these excerpts will be in addition to the excerpts you recorded to apply for SOPA)
Jan. 15: Participating orchestras announced
Jan. 31, 2018: SOPA in Detroit
Thanks to generous funding support from Bank of America, musicians participating in the SOPA program will be recognized as Bank of America Fellows.

Reserve a hotel room for SphinxConnect!

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243, US

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is pleased to offer special room rates for SphinxConnect!
Rate: $149/night (rate available until Jan. 15, 2018)

SphinxConnect 2017

We welcomed hundreds of attendees to an important weekend of networking, inspiration, and leadership February 9-12, 2017 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.

Special content for attendees of SphinxConnect 2017 can be found here!

Past Highlights
SphinxConnect is an enhancement of SphinxCon, a national convening focused on diversity and inclusion in the arts held annually from 2013-2016.


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