Afa Dworkin

One of Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers, recipient of the Kennedy Center Human Spirit Award and Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Afa Dworkin is President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization. She has developed a comprehensive national roster of musicians of color, launched partnerships with more than 100 global partners and led the organization’s most successful fundraising campaign. 

With strong emphasis on diversity, as articulated in Sphinx motto ´Transforming Lives Through the Power of Diversity´, Afa Dworkin will reveal how they are creating a (inter)national impact within the current state of arts in the United States.

Afa Dworkin is a frequent speaker and has appeared at conferences such as Classical:NEXT, International Arts & Ideas Festival, Chamber Music America, National Association for Schools of Music, League of American Orchestras, ICSOM, Americans for the Arts, Association of Canadian Orchestras, and others. She has served as an adjudicator for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, 3Arts Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Independent Sector’s American Express NGen awards, Florida, Indiana and Oklahoma State Arts Council grants and Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program. As a writer, she has contributed to Strings Magazine, Polyphonic.org, and the Michigan String Teachers Association magazine. 

Afa Dworkin serves as faculty for Roosevelt University’s Master’s Program in Performing Arts Administration and is a Trustee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Creative Many Michigan and CultureSource. 

A pupil of the former Soviet conservatory training, Ms. Dworkin graduated with High Honors from the University of Michigan with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance. She previously served as a tri-lingual interpreter and Executive Assistant to the President at ARCO, The International Oil and Gas Company in Baku, Azerbaijan.