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The Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest offers a conservatory experience to young Black and Latinx string players.

Sphinx Performance Academy participants pose in a group at the Kimmel CenterLearn more about the Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest in the Fall 2019 edition of Overtones.

"I reveled in seeing their transformation in only two weeks." Annie Sarachan, director of Summerfest Initiatives, reports on what it's like to witness the inspiring two-week Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), where young Black and Latinx musicians have access to training and mentorship on musical issues as well as on navigating the classical music world as a person of color. “Not only does SPA make you  better as a musician, but it makes you more confident as being a part of a minority in the classical music world,” says a 15-year-old cellist. “We had talks with other people like us and it made us more confident.”

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