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Sphinx Performance Academy Wraps Up Another Successful Season

SPA participants studied, practiced, performed, and more over two weeks at Curtis

Cellist Alex performs in a master class with Gabriel CabezasLast weekend, the Sphinx Performance Academy wrapped up its second annual program at Curtis Summerfest. Over the last two weeks, 32 talented young string players performed in master classes led by world-renowned professional musicians such as cellist Gabriel Cabezas and violist Roberto Díaz, Curtis's president.

The young musicians conquered a rigorous practice schedule that allowed them to dedicate time to both individual practice and chamber music rehearsals, and studied with a prestigious faculty of acclaimed instrumentalists, including the Catalyst Quartet. They had the chance to share what they’d been working on over the last two weeks at either or both of their two final performances: the Student Mixed Recital and the Final Concert, where students wowed both the audience and their fellow peers with their stunning solo and quartet performances.

A participant quartet performs at the final recitalAfter the Final Concert, students were recognized for all that they had accomplished in their dedication to music both inside and outside of the practice room. Students agreed that their experience at Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis was overwhelmingly positive and fruitful for them, both musically and personally. When asked about what makes the Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis special to him, 15-year-old violinist Semaj said, “Not only does SPA make you better as a musician, but it makes you more confident as being a minority in the classical music world.” Vincent, a 16-year-old cellist, stated that the nature of the community at SPA was a highlight during his experience at the program: “Here, it’s more tightly knit because you only have 32 people that get in, therefore it’s more like a family.”

Curtis is proud to have partnered with the Sphinx Performance Academy during Summerfest and we look forward to working with them in summers to come!

—Alia Wood
Princeton Intern
for Civic Service

Explore photos documenting students' experience at the Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest.