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Take Note: Violinist Aaron Dworkin on Diversity in the Concert Hall

Violinist Aaron Dworkin

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.

Aaron Dworkin talks about first discovering Black composers.


Patty Satalia was a senior producer/host for WPSU-TV and FM from 1987 to 2017. Prior to joining Penn State Public Broadcasting, she worked in commercial television in Pittsburgh, first as a film editor and fill-in capsule news anchor for WPGH-TV, and later, for WPTT-TV as public affairs director and co-host of the talk-show, People, Places and Things.
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