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  • Afa Sadykhly Dworkin to Become President of Sphinx Organization
    Ann Drinan - Mar 24, 2015

    The Sphinx Organization recently sent out a notice that Afa S. Dworkin will succeed her husband, Aaron Dworkin, as President and Artistic Director of the Spinx Organization on July 20. Aaron Dworkin has been named the new dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. According to Board Chair Dr. William

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  • An El Sistema Controversy
    Ann Drinan - Mar 20, 2015
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    Last November, Dr. Geoffrey Baker, a music lecturer at the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, published a book that is quite critical of the founder of the El Sistema movement in Venezuela, Dr. José Abreu, and the El Sistema program itself. Various reviews of Baker’s book, El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth (Oxford University Press,

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  • Of Dodges, Deodorant, and “Die Forelle”
    Zachary Preucil - Mar 26, 2015
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    The other night, I was watching TV when a commercial came on for the new Dodge Challenger. As the proud new owner of a 2015 Honda Fit, I don’t pay too much attention to car commercials these days, but perked up when the advertisement began to deviate from the usual new-car-driving-through-CGI-landscapes variety. In the commercial, which

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  • Meet Sam Bodkin: Founder of Groupmuse
    ThatViolaKid - Mar 16, 2015
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      Hey everyone! ThatViolaKid here! I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their year–I know I have! My past few posts have begun to tackle the issue of Classical Music’s relevance in modern-day society and I want to keep that conversation going! While going to school at Juilliard, I’m meeting wonderful people on

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  • Updates from the Real World: Spring Concert Reflections
    Zachary Preucil - Mar 12, 2015

    Last Sunday, I experienced my first spring concert as a faculty member in the Music for Youth Suzuki program based in Arlington Heights, IL. Originally started in the 1970s as a result of cuts to music programs in Arlington Heights’s primary school district, Music for Youth is unique it that it offers stringed-instrument instruction to

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