Sphinx Organization with their instruments

Sphinx Organiza­tion

Now celebrating 20 years, the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization hosts one of the most competitive competitions for talented string musicians of color while providing opportunities for professional development and musical growth. My brother was one of the early prizewinners in the first years of the competition, and I have performed with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. There are not many opportunities for a musician of color to perform in an orchestra completely made up of other people of color, so the community that has been created by this network has helped propel action in the field to diversify on and off the stage.

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Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Executive Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, …more 

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