No Sound Barriers: Sphinx at 20

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Cadillac AB, Level 5

The goal of this session is to demystify the issues of inclusion in the orchestral field and illuminate ways in which we, as a community, can create lasting change. Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director of the Sphinx Organization, will provide an overview of the organization’s work, tracing its triumphs, aspirations, and goals over the 20 years since its founding. Sphinx is national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Dworkin will also discuss the pipeline approach to the issues of inclusion, highlighting the critical nature of partnerships with other organizations. The session will rely heavily on the expertise and perspectives of the audience members as well a panel of Sphinx artists in exploring these questions: 1) “What is the largest obstacle to building inclusion?” 2) “What is a radical step that others can take (the field itself) in order to counter the obstacle?” and 3) “What radical step or steps will I take in order to change the status quo?”

Speakers: Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director, Sphinx Organization; Rainel Joubert, violinist, Sphinx Organization; Christine Lamprea, cellist, Sphinx Organization; Stephanie Matthews, violinist and director of artistic development, Sphinx Organization