Ten Sphinx alumni, including three violinists, a violist, two cellists and a bassist, will receive grants to go towards achieving their career objectives

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Top row l-r: Laura Andrade, Titilayo Ayangade, Kebra-Seyoun Charles, LaVonté L. Heard, Isaiah Iny-Woods

Bottom row l-r: Rainel Joubert, Loki Karuna, Paul Laraia, Cyrano Jett Rosentrater, Jaime Sharp

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The Sphinx Organization has announced the recipients of its MPower Grants for 2024. The scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, are designed to empower alumni of the various Sphinx programmes to achieve their career objectives.

The recipients are:

Cellist Laura Andrade, who receives $10,000 to build and establish a professional online portfolio and launch the inaugural set of concerts for Guayaquil Chamber Players in Ecuador.

Cellist Titilayo Ayangade, who receives $10,000 to record a newly commissioned innovative work for viola and cello, by Curtis Stewart, marking the debut of her first recording.

Bassist/composer Kebra-Seyoun Charles, who receives $14,730 to record their counter-classical ballet suite Enby, which will be performed with New York dance companies.

Vocalist LaVonté L. Heard, who receives $10,000 to bring string education back to students in the Lansing community whose programmes have been defunded and disbanded for over a decade.

Violinist Isaiah Iny-Woods, who receives $11,870 to visit out-of-state universities and conservatories and take trial lessons with professors, to find a programme, studio, and mentor that will best support his goal of becoming a professional violinist.

Violinist Rainel Joubert, who receives $15,000 to showcase his culture and artistic innovation through the commissioning of new works and curating concerts.

Bassoonist/broadcaster Loki Karuna, who receives $2,500 to complete the process of finalising the copyright and non-profit status for his media brand, TrillWerks.

Violist Paul Laraia, who receives $10,000 to go towards his debut album with a supporting album length music video, project concept and story, and investment in PR.

Violinist/composer Cyrano Jett Rosentrater, who receives $4,900 to prepare for school auditions by allocating funds for sample lessons, recordings and travel, while also enabling him to expand his online presence.

Vocalist Jaime Sharp, who receives $10,000 to develop Cultivart, an online resource hub designed to aid her mission of disrupting the pipeline to executive leadership by providing emerging arts administrators of color with tools, guidance, mentorship, and community needed for career success.

Sphinx Organization is a social justice organisation dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Its four programme areas – Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists, and Arts Leadership – form a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level: creative youth development, artist empowerment, and career advancement, administrative leadership, as well as service to the field.

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