The Colburn School, in Los Angeles, and the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit organization based in Detroit, have joined forces to create new opportunities for emerging young Black and Latinx musicians on the West Coast.
Starting in 2021, Colburn will provide full scholarships for its Music Academy program to pre-collegiate musicians who are winners and semi-finalists in the Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition.
For those chosen as Sphinx Virtuosi, Colburn will provide a residency that encompasses performance, education, and community engagement.
Additionally, the two organizations will host a West Coast retreat for the Sphinx LEAD cohort.
"We are excited to work with Colburn to further the work of excellence and diversity in the arts,” said Afa S. Dworkin, Sphinx President and Artistic Director. “At Sphinx, we believe in the power of partnerships and striving for an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts. The time for transformative work is now and we are thrilled to do it together!"
“The Colburn School is excited to engage deeply with the Sphinx Organization, longtime international thought leaders in building opportunity and access for artists of color in classical music,” said Colburn President and CEO Sel Kardan. “The partnership with Sphinx will enrich all aspects of our institution, as well as our greater community. We look forward to forging a lasting relationship and dialogue that creates additional pathways for aspiring musicians and arts leaders from Los Angeles and across the country.”