This interview originally aired Sept. 25, 2015.
As a young bi-racial violinist, Aaron Dworkin knew first hand how little diversity existed in the concert hall. In 1996, during his senior year of college, he established the Sphinx Organization to address the stark under-representation of people of color in classical music. Each year, Sphinx awards more than one million dollars in prizes and scholarships, impacting the lives of more than a hundred thousand students. Dworkin currently serves as the Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. We talked with him about passion, his family, and about why we need more diversity in the arts.