Curtis Summerfest and the Sphinx Organization will partner in 2018 to bring the Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), a full-scholarship summer program designed for Black and Latino string players, to Philadelphia, in a new collaborative model.
The Sphinx Performance Academy is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program. The curriculum includes an intensive schedule of private lessons and chamber music in addition to master classes, recitals, career enrichment sessions, and mentorship about navigating the classical music world as a person of color. Faculty includes distinguished Curtis and Sphinx Competition alumni Elena Urioste (Violin ’08) and Melissa White (Violin ’07), Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet, and members of the Catalyst Quartet.
Applications are processed online and admissions decisions are made by the Sphinx Organizaion. Start your application now at SphinxSpa.FluidReview.com.
All accepted applicants for the Sphinx Performance Academy will receive a full scholarship to the program. Room and board is included at Curtis's Lenfest Hall and each student is responsible for transportation to and from Philadelphia. Limited travel scholarships are available.
No registration fee is required.
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Upon acceptance into the SPA program, participants will be given excerpts from standard quartet repertoire. Students are expected to learn the repertoire and audition on these excerpts and a prepared solo work on orientation day. Upon completion of the auditions, the faculty will then select the chamber ensemble groups. Chamber ensemble placements will be based solely on the participant’s audition.
8–9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Individual Practice and Private Lessons
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–2 p.m. Free Time
2–4 p.m. Chamber Music Coachings
4:30–5:20 p.m. Music Theory, Guest Lectures, Admissions Sessions
5:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner
7–9 p.m. Performances, Masterclasses, Enrichment Sessions
Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest is generously supported, in part, by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.
I have grown because of Sphinx and will continue to grow propelled by the tremendous support of the Sphinx community. Where I will go is undetermined, but I know I will go far. Sphinx has ensured it.