Music alums selected for national arts leadership and artistic development programs

February 12, 2019

Two Arizona State University School of Music alumni have been selected to participate in the Sphinx Organization’s national arts leadership and artistic development programs dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Tehvon Fowler-Chapman (Bachelor of Music ’15) has been selected to participate in the inaugural SphinxLEAD’s two-year fellowship program aimed at empowering arts administrators and leaders of color to transform the landscape of leadership in the arts. Tehvon Fowler-Chapman Tehvon Fowler-Chapman. Download Full Image

Chaz Salazar (Bachelor of Music ’15, Master of Music ’17) is the recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s National Alliance for Audition Support, an artistic development initiative to provide audition support for artists of color.

The Sphinx Organization was founded by Aaron Dworkin, an appointed member of the National Council on the Arts who, as a young black violinist, was acutely aware of the lack of diversity both on stage and in the audience in concert halls.

“Now that I have shifted into a more administrative role within music, I am looking more than ever for support that will make me effective as an arts administrator, and more importantly, as a leader,” said Fowler-Chapman. “I have a great deal of respect for the work Sphinx has done promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in classical music, and it felt as though the SphinxLEAD program was made for me. I am looking forward to building on my network, learning new ways to look at the arts and learning from other members of the cohort and some of the finest institutions of music in the country.”

Launched in January 2019, SphinxLEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts and Diversity) is a new initiative of the Sphinx Organization to inspire and cultivate minority arts leaders. It will “empower arts leaders of color” who are looking to advance their personal and professional growth in order to produce impact in their communities and in the arts field.

The Sphinx Organization’s National Alliance for Audition Support, an unprecedented national initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers black and Latinx musicians audition support through a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation and financial support. Aimed at increasing diversity in American orchestras, NAAS partners include the New World Symphony and the League of American Orchestras, representing 700 orchestras.

Chaz Salazar

“These grants assist musicians of color by providing the funding for travel and accommodations to auditions as well as audition training,” said Salazar. “These opportunities are invaluable as we work towards more diversity, inclusion and equity in our orchestras.”

Salazar earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in flute performance. He is presently a flute instructor with the Harmony Project Phoenix, an evidence-based, after-school mentoring program that uses music as a means for positive youth development and social inclusion in low-income communities.

Fowler-Chapman earned his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Indiana University. He is currently an arts administrator who works at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, supporting Wolf Trap’s chamber music programming and Wolf Trap Opera, a leading national residency program for young operatic artists.

“My experience at ASU’s School of Music taught me that there are so many different, amazing ways that people engage in music and art in general, and all of them have a place in our society,” said Fowler-Chapman. “I had so many amazing experiences as a performer, educator and student at ASU, and I’m incredibly thankful that I was able to go to a school that offered so many opportunities both within and outside the School of Music. Those experiences varied greatly while all contributing to the larger picture of who I am now.”

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music, Dance and Theatre


College-bound students attend AVID conference at ASU

February 12, 2019

“Who will you be in your future?”

This was the question that nearly 300 high school sophomores explored at the recent AVID conference held at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Students participate in activity at AVID conference High school sophomores participate in a vision board activity during the AVID conference at ASU's Tempe campus. Photo by Aaron Gould Download Full Image

Presented by Access ASU, the daylong conference featured activities that prompted students to ask “Who am I?”, “What do I want?” and “How will I get there?” as it relates to their paths to college and their future careers.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a national college-readiness program that aims to close the achievement gap and prepare students for higher education by providing academic and social support. 

Students participate in AVID at their high schools through an elective course focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading. They also learn academic and personal success strategies and participate in college motivational activities.

“Many of these students may be first-generation college students,” said Sylvia Symonds, assistant vice president of Educational Outreach and Student Services at ASU. “Through the AVID conference, they are prepared with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be successful in their pursuit of a college degree and in their chosen career path.”

The conference included a variety of workshops on such topics as discovering personal strengths, developing goals and creating a vision for the future.

During a session led by ASU service organization SPARKS (Students Providing Awareness Resources & Knowledge to Start College), current Sun Devils shared their personal experiences and answered questions from attendees about college life. The questions included things like why they chose ASU, how to stand out on a college application and how to overcome social anxiety and meet new people.

The high school students further experienced life at ASU through a guided campus tour and lunch in a campus dining hall.

Jon Clark, a student at Pueblo High School in Tucson, attended the AVID conference with a group from his school. He said his college and career goals are focused on the medical field, noting that he has always wanted to be a doctor so he can help change people’s lives.

Clark said the AVID conference helped him by building up his self-esteem, creating a progress-focused mindset and reminding him not to be afraid of pursuing his goals.

“I’ve learned that I need to just try hard and not give up, because if you don’t set goals for yourself in life, you won’t go anywhere,” Clark said.

AVID conferences will also be held on Feb. 13 and 14 at ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

Along with the conferences, ASU offers an AVID Summer Camp in June, which provides an opportunity for high school students to explore the university during a five-day residential experience. Participants engage with learning communities in subject areas like math-based sciences, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, education, business or sustainability while developing leadership skills and a college-going mindset.

For questions about the AVID Summer Camp, email Applications close on April 1.

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