Sphinx Performance Academy and Ansbacher Fellowship accepting applications

Posted on: January 17, 2012

The Sphinx Organization and the American Austrian Foundation have announced application details for two separate programs for young string players and for conductors. Applications for the next Sphinx Performance Academy, to be held at Oberlin Conservatory in July and at Northwestern University in August, are due March 26, 2012. Unlike in previous years, applications will no longer be accepted by mail, and all submissions must be made online using ReviewRoom, an online application program. The Sphinx Performance Academy is a full-scholarship chamber-music and solo performance program for underserved black and Latino string players ages 12 to 17. For the American Austrian Foundation’s 2012 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, U.S. conductors aged 30 or younger are invited to apply by April 2; applicants must have recently completed academic studies or be working toward graduate diplomas in conducting. Conductors in the program have the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at the Salzburg Festival, observing and working with conductors and other musicians; they also live at Schloss Arenberg, where they can interact with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who are in residence there during August. The Ansbacher program is funded by the Charles A. Ansbacher Foundation in memory of Charles Ansbacher, who died in September 2010. Ansbacher was for many years music director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, and was founder and music director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. To apply to the Sphinx Performance Academy, visit https://sphinxspa.myreviewroom.com; for more information visit the Sphinx website. For more information on the Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, visit http://www.aaf-online.org/ansbacher-conducting-fellowship.html.

Posted January 17, 2012