About the NEA

Aaron P. Dworkin

Ypsilanti, MI

Aaron P. Dworkin is the founder aof the Sphinx Organization, and was president of the organization until 2015. An accomplished electric and acoustic violinist, Dworkin was named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, and is the recipient of numerous other awardsA passionate advocate for excellence in music education and diversity in the performing arts, Dworkin has been a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer at numerous national conferences, and serves on several boards, including the League of American Orchestras, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, and WRCJ 90.9 Detroit Classical and Jazz Radio. Dworkin authored an autobiographical poetry collection, They Said I Wasn't Really Black as well as a children's book, The 1st Adventure of Chilli PepperzHis memoir titled Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee's Journey to Leadership was recently released through Aquarius Press, and additional writings have been featured in Symphony Magazine, Polyphonic.org, Andante, an online music industry magazine, and others. Dworkin also founded and served as publisher and editor-in-chief of The Bard, a literary magazine with a readership of more than 40,000 throughout southeast Michigan. Dworkin received his bachelor's and master's of music in violin performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, and previously attended the Peabody Institute, the Philadelphia New School, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

In July 2015, Dworkin was appointed the dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.