February 6, 2020
CIM Students, Faculty and Staff Journey to Detroit for SphinxConnect 2020
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Off we go! Today, more than 50 conservatory and Musical Pathway Fellowship students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff—including President and CEO Paul W. Hogle and Chief Academic Officer and Dean Judy Bundra—traveled to Detroit for the SphinxConnect conference, being held February 6-8.
SphinxConnect, an epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity, empowers and brings together hundreds of musicians, industry leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates and administrators and offers opportunities for learning and collaboration.
During the conference, participants will also be able to see the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition, which will feature current CIM student Alexandra Alvarado Switala (violin, I. Kaler) and alumnus and violinist Paul Aguilar (BM '19, Laredo/Sloman). Melissa Kraut, co-head of CIM's Cello department, is serving as a juror for the competition.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Today, CIM President and CEO Paul W. Hogle was the facilitator of the afternoon session, "Consensus 2.0 = Fuhgetabout It," leading the panel and audience in a discussion about facilitating change and making tangible shifts, and finding ways for leaders to strive to build a consensus within their teams and communities on their journey toward bold change. Hogle and the panelists - Trey Davey, president, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Alberto Suarez, principal horn, Kansas City Symphony, and Louise Toppin, professor of music (voice) at the University of Michigan - offered ways to explore what everyone can do to bring about compelling results. View and listen to the discussion.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
All in all, a successful conference!