Afa Sadykhly Dworkin

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Afa S. Dworkin

Board of Directors.
The Sphinx Organization,
Detroit, MI

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Ms. Dworkin has worked with the Sphinx Organization since 1999. In her current role, she handles oversight and programmatic design of all artistic and educational affairs of the organization. She is responsible for curricular direction and artistic content of all programs, including the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players, the annual national tour and the annual Carnegie Artists Series. During her tenure, she has also developed and maintained a comprehensive national database of minority musicians, coordinated the program content of an interactive educational CD-ROM utilized in schools nationwide and launched key partnerships over dozens of symphony orchestras around the country, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Baltimore Symphony, and others. Ms. Dworkin formerly served as the editor for The Quarter Note, Sphinx’s quarterly newsletter. She is responsible for research and written of the content for the Sphinx Journeys, a radio show recognizing the contribution of composers and artists of color to the music field.

She has appeared as a speaker and presenter at national conferences, including the National Association for Schools of Music, the League of American Orchestras, ICSOM, Americans for the Arts, University of Michigan’s MLK panel discussion, Bowling Green University, Central Michigan University, Lorraine College Signature Artist Series, San Francisco Symphony’s National Orchestral Forum, and various media outlets, including The Toledo Blade, Interlochen Public Radio, Greensborough Public Radio and Michigan Radio. Ms. Dworkin has also participated as a multi-year orchestra grant review panelist for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Association of Performing Arts Presenters Young Performers Career Advancement panel, as well as the MetLife Awards administered by The League of American Orchestras. She has also participated in the educational institution research panel hosted by Surdna Foundation, and most recently, adjudicated the Artistic Excellence category grants for the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as a contributing writer to, an on-line industry source, as well as Michigan String Teachers Association magazine.

Ms. Dworkin is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Ben Holt Memorial Recital Series hosted by Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, as well as the Board of Trustees of Walnut Hill School for the Arts (the premiere arts preparatory high school), National Guild for Community Music Education, Serafina Arts (non-profit arts organization), APEX (a national science organization for underserved youth) and INTAKE Organization. She also serves as a principal advisor for Casa de Lerma Musicale (a music publishing firm founded by preeminent musicologist Dominique Rene de Lerma). An accomplished violinist trained in the Russian National Conservatory system, Ms. Dworkin graduated with High Honors from the University of Michigan with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance. She has previously served on the faculty of Clarkston Conservatory and was a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from 1994−2000 (entering the orchestra as a freshman in college). In addition to extensive teaching experience, she has performed with several symphony orchestras and chamber groups in Russia, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Austria and the United States. Ms. Dworkin may be heard as an electric violinist on a CD entitled «Bar-Talk», featuring the renowned violin duets by Bela Bartok. She also has international corporate experience, having previously served as a tri-lingual interpreter and an Executive Assistant to the President at ARCO, The International Oil and Gas Company in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ms. Dworkin resides in the Ann Arbor, MI, area with her husband and two sons.