The Sphinx Organization provides Elementary and Middle School students an opportunity to learn to play the violin. The Overture program delivers access to music education in Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Sphinx instructors hold beginning violin lessons for students in Flint and Detroit area schools. The lessons are free and violins are provided by Sphinx.
Andre Dowell currently serves as Chief Programming Officer for the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that transforms lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In his role, he draws from a diverse background as a performer, educator, and administrator. Originally from Trenton, TN, Andre received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan.
As Chief Programming Officer, Andre handles operational oversight of the programming department and oversees over 30 orchestral partnership which results in dozens of performances every year around the country that otherwise would never occur. He also oversees and manages the Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic classical touring chamber ensembles, and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the unique all Black and Latino orchestra comprised of top professional from around the country.
As an avid musician, he has appeared on several recordings which includes performing as soloist on both the premiere and recording of Michael Daugherty’s Timpani Concerto – Raise the Roof for Timpani and Symphony Band with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and was one of the featured performers in "Michigan on Broadway: A Tribute to Arthur Miller". In addition to being a member of River Raisin Ragtime Revue, he is also co-founder and member of Identity Cubed, a dynamic percussion group whose focus is to expose new and exciting works that transcend the standard percussion ensemble. Andre's teaching background as included drumline instructor for Chelsea High School, Novi High School, Redline Percussion, and other schools as well as guest clinician and speaker at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of TN @ Martin, Lindenwood University, University of Toledo, and University of Denver to name a few. Andre also serves on the board of Directors for River Raisin Ragtime Revue and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.