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Mon, 05.11.1998

The Sphinx (Classical Music Organization) Begins

*The founding of the Sphinx Organization in 1998 is celebrated on this date. They are a national non-profit education organization whose vision is a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity and plays a role in the everyday lives of youth.

Aaron P. Dworkin, a violinist himself founded the organization to help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music. Dworkin has said this vision was inspired by the works of William Grant Still, thus African American Registry has chosen Stills’ birthday to celebrate this organization. The Sphinx Organization’s vision is to increase the participation of Blacks & Latinos in music schools, as professional musicians as classical music audiences and to administer youth development initiatives in underserved communities through music education

The name Sphinx was given to the organization to represent the historical and geographical source for many non whites and exemplify the power, wisdom and persistence that they hope to instill in their participants. The Sphinx also constitutes a mystery, an enigma.  Music shares this puzzling aspect from the experiences and aspirations of the composer as well as the performer.  Like the Sphinx, it is up to the beholder, the listener, to interpret and appreciate from the music what is a reflection of internal emotions and spiritual experiences.



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