The Sphinx Organization has announced three Sphinx Medals of Excellence recipients for 2021: conductor Lina González-Granados, composer Carlos Simon, and oboist Titus Underwood. The award recognizes extraordinary early-career classical Black and Latinx musicians and comes with a $50,000 career grant. González-Granados is founder and artistic director of Unitas Ensemble, which performs works by Latinx composers and provides free performances for underserved communities. Simon’s music ranges from concert works for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism; recent commissions have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Reno Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra. Underwood is principal oboe of the Nashville Symphony. Prior to the Nashville Symphony, he was acting associate principal of the Utah Symphony. The awards will be bestowed at the Sphinx Medals of Excellence luncheon, and honorees will be celebrated at a black-tie private dinner in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit