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Sphinx Finals Competition

27th Annual Sphinx Competition
January 24-27, 2024

Honors Concert
Friday, January 26 at 12:00 PM
Finals Concert
Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 PM
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center – Detroit, MI

The Sphinx Competition, held every year in Detroit (MI), is a national competition offering young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians.

Finalists in both divisions have the opportunity to perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the unique all Black and Latinx orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country, and compete for a total of nearly $100,000 in prizes, including the top Robert Frederick Smith Prize.

All semi-finalists and finalists have access to scholarships and fine instruments through the Sphinx Music Assistance Fund.

SENIOR DIVISION (Ages 18 – 30)
1st Place – $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize and solo appearances with major orchestras
2nd Place – $20,000
3rd Place – $10,000
Audience Choice – $5,000

JUNIOR DIVISION (Ages 17 and under)
1st Place – $10,000, solo appearances with major orchestras, and nationally-broadcast radio appearance on From the Top
2nd Place – $5,000
3rd Place – $3,000