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Alumnus David France Receives MPower Artist Grant From the Sphinx Organization

May 15, 2017

David France (MM, 2003, violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) received a MPower Artist Grant of $4,930 from the Sphinx Organization to support the Dare to Aspire Conference in Boston, MA. The Dare to Aspire Conference exists to inspire, support, and equip string teachers using music as a catalyst for social change by giving them access to world class teacher trainers and opportunities for collaborative problem solving. The Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. 

David France is an international performer and an innovative educator. He was recently named top 100 most influential people of Color in Boston and a “Top 40 Urban Innovator Under 40” in the US. In Bermuda he encouraged over 300 kids to study the violin at the Bermuda School of Music and at public school programs on the Island. He is currently the founder and executive director of Revolution of Hope, an arts for social change initiative in Boston giving conservatory level training to inner city youth. He was the Concert master of the first ever YouTube Symphony and has performed with The Wichita Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony, and the Azlo Chamber Orchestra.

He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program that trains socially minded musicians in the movement to bring “Music for Social Change” programs to the US. He has appeared with today’s popular artists including John Legend, Quincy Jones, Josh Grobin, Smokey Robinson, and Kenny Rogers. As a recording artist he has appeared on numerous projects including a hip hop CD, “Peddling Medicine”, which was featured in the New York Post. He has also been featured on CNN, The CBS Early Show, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Time Magazine. He has taught and given master classes in Bermuda, India, Scotland, Costa Rica, Poland, and Venezuela. His many speaking engagements include Imagination2013, TEDx Fenway, MIT, Harvard Kennedy School, the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, and SXSW V2V. His major teachers include Sally O’Reilly, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Aaron Janse. He believes music is a gift that should be given away in service toward the happiness of others.

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