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Aaron P. Dworkin Named Recipient of Harvard University's
Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award



Aaron P. Dworkin Named Recipient of
 Harvard University’s
Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award



Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President of the

Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President of the
Sphinx Organization

(Cambridge, MA)—Aaron P. Dworkin, Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, which focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music performance and education, is the recipient of Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award. Dworkin will visit Harvard University on Friday,
March 11 to attend a lunch in his honor and deliver a lecture, “Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Sphinx Organization and Classical Music,” which will be held at 3 pm at the Barker Center for the Humanities, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA. Admission
is free and open to the public (tickets or RSVPs are not required). For more information, call 617.495.8676 or visit

The Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award, which offers an honorarium of $10,000 to a nationally recognized educator and is administered by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, was established by Professor and Mrs. Ray A. Goldberg and the Max
Goldberg Foundation in order to perpetuate the values and teaching skills represented by the late Professor Vosgerchian who, at her retirement from Harvard University in 1990, was the Walter W. Naumberg Professor of Music Emerita in the
Department of Music. The guidelines require that the recipient embody the following qualities: selfless commitment; artistic conscience; a constant renewal of approach to subject matter; ability to motivate in a positive and creative way; a sincere interest in the development of the whole person; and the ability to present musical knowledge in a way that is applicable to other disciplines.

“Aaron Dworkin embodies the very qualities that the creators of the Luise Vosgerchian Award hold most dear,” said Jack Megan, Director, Office for the Arts at Harvard. “Just as Professor Vosgerchian did, Mr. Dworkin has inspired generations of students with his energy, passion, devotion and musical brilliance.
Through the creation of Sphinx, he has fostered the musical development of literally thousands of young people, and begun to change the face of classical music both with regard to orchestral membership and repertoire. He is an artist, an advocate, a strategist and a man on a mission, and the ripple effects of his work are being felt in classical music circles across
 the country.”

Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, a Member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama’s first nominee to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music. The organization impacts groups underrepresented in classical music through its educational and community programming including the Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute and Sphinx Performance Academy, which reach over 35,000 youth each year. With over $150,000 in prizes and scholarships awarded annually, the Sphinx Competition showcases the top young musicians of color of the
highest artistic caliber and features top professional minority musicians through the all Black and Latino Sphinx Symphony.
A musician, author, social entrepreneur, artist-citizen and an avid youth education advocate, Dworkin has received extensive national recognition for his vast accomplishments. He is the recipient of the National Governors Association 2005
Distinguished Service to State Government Award, Detroit Symphony’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003 Michiganian of the Year, Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Who’s Who Awards, BET’s History Makers in the Making Award, AT&T Excellence in
Education Award, University of Michigan’s African-American Alumni Council’s 5 Under 10 Award, "Entrepreneur Of The Year" award by the National Black MBA Association-Detroit Chapter, and Interlochen Arts Academy’s 2003 Path of Inspiration

Dworkin authored an autobiographical poetry collection entitled They Said I Wasn’t Really Black as well as a children’s book, The 1st Adventure of Chilli Pepperz. His writings have been featured in Symphony Magazine,, Andante, an online
music industry magazine, and others. He has contributed to the first English edition of Superior Bowing Technique, a treatise by legendary violinist Lucien Capet, and authored the foreword to William Grant Still’s Violin Collection published by WGS Music. Dworkin founded and served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Bard, a literary magazine with a readership of over 40,000 throughout southeast Michigan. A passionate advocate for excellence in music education and diversity in the performing arts, he has been a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer at
numerous national conferences. He has produced and recorded two CDs entitled Ebony Rhythm and Bar-Talk, in addition to producing and directing the independent film Deliberation. He has also transcribed works for electric strings and developed Electric String 201, a college-level preparatory course in electric string performance.

An accomplished electric and acoustic violinist, Dworkin received his Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, graduating with high honors. He attended the Peabody Institute, the
Philadelphia New School and the Interlochen Arts Academy, studying with Vladimir Graffman, Berl Senofsky, Jascha Brodsky, John Eaken, Renata Knific, Donald Hopkins and Stephen Shipps.
In his role as a visionary leader, Dworkin has led two phases of strategic planning with The Sphinx Organization. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Arts and Cultural Education Task Force for the State of Michigan designing the required arts curriculum
for Michigan schools and serves as Co-Chair of the Planning Task Force, which oversees the strategic merger of ArtServe Michigan (statewide arts advocacy organization) and the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies.

 In addition, Dworkin serves on other strategic planning committees including the League of American Symphony Orchestras, as well as on the boards of directors of several
regional and national music and education organizations.
The Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award honors individuals who reflect her values and dedication to music and arts education. Previous recipients include Gustav Meier, Music Director, Greater Lansing (MI) Symphony Orchestra and Greater Bridgeport (CT)
Symphony; Joan Panetti, professor of music at the Yale University School of Music; Curt Cacioppo, professor of music in the Music Department of Haverford College; Phyllis Curtin, opera singer and Dean Emerita of Boston University’s School for the Arts; Lowell
E. Lindgren, professor of music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Elma Lewis, arts educator, activist and founder of Boston’s Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts; Claire Mallardi, Lecturer on Dramatic Arts and Artistic Director Emerita of the Office for the Arts at Harvard Dance Program; Robert Mann, founder and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet and a member of the Juilliard School Music Division faculty; co-recipients Mark
Churchill, educator, conductor, cellist and Dean of New England Conservatory’s Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, and Marylou Speaker Churchill, violinist and member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music (College and
Preparatory School) and the Heifetz International Music Institute; and Thomas G. Everett, Director of Bands at Harvard University and Jazz Advisor to the Office for the Arts at Harvard.

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The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) supports student engagement in the arts and integrates the arts into University life. Through its programs and services, the OFA teaches and mentors, fosters student art making, connects students to accomplished
artists, commissions new work, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. By supporting the development of students as artists and cultural stewards, the OFA works to enrich society and shape communities in which the arts
are a vital part of life. Information: 617.495.8676,,


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