African-American and Latino musicians make up only about 1.5 percent of professional American orchestras today.
In 1996, Aaron P. Dworkin, a 32-year-old University of Michigan graduate in violin performance, founded the Sphinx Organization to address the limited access that young minority musicians face in the classical music world.
For the annual Sphinx Competition, held in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich., junior high through college-aged black and Latino classical string players compete before an internationally renowned panel of judges.
The competition includes performances with the Sphinx Symphony, consisting of top black and Latino professionals from major orchestras and universities.
This year's orchestra was conducted by Guillermo Figueroa, music director of the Puerto Rico and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras. Violinist Sanford Allen, the first African-American member of the New York Philharmonic, was a member of the jury.
The goals of Sphinx are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities. For more information, visit www.sphinxmusic.org.
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