Artists from the Sphinx Organization
joined us at the College of Music, offering an open rehearsal and master classes to our students. “The visit from the fantastic musicians of the Sphinx Organization goes to show that excellence knows no bounds,” shared Assistant Professor of Violin Alex Gonzalez. “While they represent a vast array of backgrounds and experiences, most of all they represent what it looks like to be an artist of the highest caliber.”
In October 2022, Gonzalez and the Sphinx Virtuosi made their international debut at Sala São Paulo in Brazil, just after performing at Carnegie Hall. Gonzalez serves as the concertmaster of the chamber orchestra and represents what it means to be a universal musician—a multiskilled, multifaceted professional prepared to innovate, influence and impact a diversity of disciplines, within and beyond music.
For the first time in 2023—the College of Music and Sphinx Performance Academy
(SPA) are partnering to provide a full-scholarship intensive summer chamber music and solo performance program focused on cultural diversity for string musicians ages 11-17. Like the SPA’s long-term partners—The Juilliard School and Cleveland Institute of Music—our College of Music will host this nationally acclaimed program on the CU Boulder campus, June 22-July 2, 2023. The SPA offers a curriculum that includes lessons, master classes, recitals, career enrichment sessions and mentorship tailored to each student.
Complementing our ongoing summer courses and programs
, the SPA represents a major step forward for the college in demonstrating our intentionality toward ever greater diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do. Photo: Cellists Nicole Chung (College of Music Artist Diploma candidate) and Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa (Sphinx).
Throughout the academic year, we had the privilege of welcoming a number of other esteemed guests, as well—from composer, conductor and pianist Kevin Day (pictured) to Canadian composer Alexina Louie, composer and bassist Dave Holland, double bassist Xavier Foley, Austrian pianist Constanze Hochwartner, Italian trombonist Peter Steiner, alumnus and trumpet studio supporter Ritchie Clendeni, Principal Trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Paul Merkelo, retired trumpeter (Dallas Symphony) and guest clinician Tom Booth, decorated trumpet performer and educator Marie Speziale, violinist Stefan Jackiw, the Akropolis Reed Quintet and the 2023 Grammy-nominated British vocal ensemble VOCES8 ... among many others.
Additional guests included Distinguished Lecturer André de Quadros, as well as hosting the 2023 National Trumpet Competition and the 51st International Double Reed Society. The college’s American Music Research Center, Entrepreneurship Center for Music and Diverse Musicians’ Alliance also organized a robust roster of inspiring guests.