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Published On:

Jun 27, 2024

United States

2200 Hunt Street Suite 461. Detroit, MI 48207 USA

Now Announcing:

Sphinx Organization

Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions

Application Deadline:

October 11, 2024

Auditions Begin:

October 28, 2024



About this opportunity:

The Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions (SOPA) Excerpt Competition provides Black and Latinx orchestral musicians the unique opportunity to audition for a panel representing several orchestras seeking to identify musicians for invitation to auditions, pre-advancement at auditions and/or placement on substitute player lists. The panel will include excerpt competition judges who will select outstanding performances as winners of cash prizes ranging from $250 to $3,500. Initiated and designed by Weston Sprott and Titus Underwood in partnership with Sphinx Organization, the ultimate goal of this initiative is job placement for Black and Latinx musicians in American orchestras.

Excerpt Competition
Invited instrumentalists will have a chance to not only play for a panel of musicians representing dozens of orchestras for placement opportunities, but also to compete for cash prizes ranging from $250 to $3,500.

Round 1 of SOPA activities will be a digital upload submission on October 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET), and Round 2 is a live audition that will take place during the Sphinx Convening on January 22nd, 2025, in Detroit, MI.

Applications will be open to the following instrument categories: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Timpani, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp

Every instrument will have a prize winner! Invited candidates will first compete against players of their own instrument during Round 1. The most outstanding candidate from each instrument category will win $250. Those that qualify will advance to Round 2 to compete for the first and second prizes in instrument-group categories.

Round 1 (recorded submission date announced July 2024)
Outstanding Instrumentalist – $250 awards will be given to outstanding instrumentalists in each instrument category based on Round 1 performances.

Round 2 (live audition on January 22nd, 2025 during the Sphinx Convening in Detroit, MI)
First Prize – $3,500 award will be awarded to the winners of the Woodwinds, Strings and Harp, and Brass and Percussion categories respectively
Second Prize – $1,000 award will be awarded to the runner-ups of the Woodwinds, Strings and Harp, and Brass and Percussion categories respectively

NOTE - To deliver an equitable and competitive environment, previous First Prize winners will no longer advance to the final round of SOPA. However, if you have won the top prize in a previous year, you will still be permitted to submit an audition recording for Round 1 so that you can be heard by dozens of orchestral representatives from upwards of 80+ orchestras all over the country to be considered for hiring opportunities next season.


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