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2014 Sphinx Competition Laureates

2nd Place
Mira Wililams 


3rd Place
Hannah White 


Academy students Mira Williams, viola student of Marko Dreher,and Hannah

2nd Place

Clayton Penrose-Whitmore


White, violin student of Hye-Sun Lee, were named 2014 Sphinx Competition Laureates in the final round of the 17th Annual Sphinx Competition. Academy alum Clayton Penrose Whitmore, former violin student of Almita Vamos, won second place in the senior division.


The Sphinx Competition is held every year in Detroit, Michigan. The competition is open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S. The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. Its primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.


Academy History at Sphinx

Hannah White, violin
2014 Junior Division Laureate, third place     
   & 2013 Junior Division Semi-Finalist   

Ade Williams 2012 Junior Division First Place Laureate
Allie Switala  2011 Junior Division First Place Laureate
Chaunte Ross, semi-finalist
Clayton Penrose-Whitmore 2008 Junior Division First Place Laureate

  & 2014 Senior Division Second Place Laureate
Kenneth Jones-Madrid, semi-finalist




Mira Williams, viola
2014 Junior Division Laureate, second place
   & 2012 Junior Division Semi-Finalist

Caitlin Adamson, semi-finalist
Rachel Goldberg 2005 Junior Laureate
Santiago Osorio, semi-finalist




Gabriel Cabezas  

2006 Junior Division First Place Laureate

   & 2012 Senior Division First Place Laureate