The competition culminates in a public concert at the Max M.
and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center on Saturday, February
2, 2019, at 7:30PM, where the three Senior Division
finalists of the competition will take the stage to compete for
the first place $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith prize. The
concert will feature performances by each competition finalist;
the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, presented by Mercedes-Benz
Financial Services and EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble, a professional
vocal ensemble led by founding conductor Eugene Rogers. A
celebratory dance party will follow the concert.
“The support of the Detroit community in celebrating this
momentous event with us is an annual highlight for Sphinx,” said
Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa S. Dworkin.
“Each year, we look forward to coming together with old friends
and new to experience inspirational performances and be
transformed by the power of diversity in our artform.”
The Sphinx Competition is Sphinx’s flagship program, launched in
1998 with the goal of encouraging, developing and recognizing
classical music talent in the Black and Latinx communities.
There are two divisions of the competition based on age, Junior
Division (17 and under) and Senior Division (18-30).
Through the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx has awarded more than
$2.5 million in prizes and scholarships since its inaugural
year. In 2019, the 19 semifinalists will convene in Detroit from
January 29 to February 3 and will participate in master classes,
professional development sessions, and compete for more than
$100,000 in prizes and performance opportunities with major
orchestras across the country.
Since 2007, the Sphinx Competition has been presented by the DTE
the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. Their 2019 sponsorship
represents the continuation of a long-standing partnership with
Sphinx and a dedication to supporting nonprofits throughout the
company’s 450 service communities.
“The DTE Energy Foundation has been a proud supporter of Sphinx
for more than 15 years,” said DTE Energy Foundation President
Lynette Dowler. “This competition plays a critical role in
encouraging young musicians in the Black and Latinx communities
to pursue classical music. We are proud to play a part in making
these remarkable musicians’ dreams come true.”
Tickets to the Finals Concert are available at the Max M. Fisher
at DSO.org or 313-576-5130. Ticket prices are $15 for general
admission. For group discount information (10 people or more),
Sphinx programs reach more than 100,000 students and artists, as
well as live and broadcast audiences of more than two million
annually. Read more about Sphinx’s programs at