Sphinx Organization founder and president Aaron Dworkin has received Harvard University’s $10,000 Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award for his work with young black and Latino musicians and scholars. The award honors individuals who reflect the values of the late Luise Vosgerchian, the Walter W. Naumberg Professor of Music Emerita in Harvard’s Department of Music. “Just as Professor Vosgerchian did,” said Harvard Office for the Arts Director Jack Megan, “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.” While at Harvard to accept the award earlier this March, Dworkin gave a public lecture entitled “Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Sphinx Organization and Classical Music,” at the Thompson Room of Harvard’s Barker Center of the Humanities.

Posted April 1, 2011