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Aaron Dworkin
Aaron Dworkin

Aaron P. Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, a national arts organization that focuses on youth and minority involvement in classical music. An accomplished electric and acoustic violinist, he received his Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, graduating with high honors. A member of the Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lamda National Honor Societies, Mr. Dworkin is a recipient of the MLK Spirit Award. He previously attended the Peabody Institute, the Philadelphia New School and the Interlochen Arts Academy, and has studied with Vladimir Graffman, Berl Senofsky, Jascha Brodsky, John Eaken, Renata Knific, Donald Hopkins and Stephen Shipps. Additionally, Mr. Dworkin studied piano with Robert Alexander Böhnke in Tübingen, Germany.

In addition to his academic credits, Mr. Dworkin has produced and recorded two CDs entitled Ebony Rhythm and Bar-Talk. He has also transcribed works for electric strings and developed Electric String 201, a college-level preparatory course in electric string performance. In addition, he has authored a collection of poetry entitled They Said I Wasn't Really Black and produced and directed a movie entitled Deliberation.

Given his extensive artistic background, Mr. Dworkin has been an invited lecturer on the topic of career development in classical music at the University of Michigan's School of Music. He is also an active keynote speaker for arts and community organizations, and has been invited to speak on the topic of diversity in the arts at numerous events, including national conferences for the American Symphony Orchestra League, National Suzuki Association, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and National Association for Negro Musicians. His writings have been featured in various publications, including Andante, an on-line music industry magazine. In addition, Mr. Dworkin has served as a panelist on various arts committees, including the Arts Organization Development Committee of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the MetLife Awards for Excellence in Community Engagement, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Arts Presenters. Mr. Dworkin's expertise in the arts field has resulted in board membership with various organizations, including the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, MI, the Board of Visitors of Walnut Hill School, the Advisory Board of the ASTA 2003 Alternative Strings Awards, the Advisory Board of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and the Board of Directors of ArtServe Michigan. Finally, Mr. Dworkin was recognized by SBC Ameritech as a recipient of their Excellence Awards for his accomplishments in the field of education, by the University of Michigan's African-American Alumni Council as a recipient of the 2002 5 Under 10 Award, and by the Detroit News as one of the 2003 Michiganians of the Year.

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