WESLEY YU, pianist, was born in San Antonio and began studying the piano with his mother when he was four. He started with home recitals every weekend and began taking lessons from other pianists. In 2003, the 6-year-old was invited to perform at the Musical Bridges Around The World Prodigy Concerts in San Antonio. In 2008, Wesley won the Grand Prize at the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, and then performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. A year later, he received the Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for piano performance.













Wesley is currently an eighth grader at Morehead Middle School and is taking Pre-AP Geometry and English I at Coronado High School. He is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, an editor for the school yearbook, and a team member for the UIL speech contests. Wesley volunteers for the El Paso Museum of Archaeology during summer and often performs on both the piano and violin at churches, retirement communities, and the public libraries around El Paso. His other interests include action-movies, cars, swimming, and playing basketball with his friends every morning.
This year saw the inaugural "EPSMF Young Musicians' Competition. The intial judging resulted in six finalists and two alternates. The finalists performed for the public, and from those performances, the judges made their decision. Wesley Yu was the winner and recipient of the $2,000 prize, and Andrea C. Guevara was awarded honorable mention.

Our Potpourri Concert, held on June 12th, at UTEP's Fox Fine Arts Auditorium featured our Guest Artists, the La Catrina Quartet, joined by our Founder and Artistic Director, Louise Houghton, and our Competition winner, Wesley Yu, and honorable mention recipient, Andrea C. Guevara.

Each year, the El Paso Summer Music Festival has honored an outstanding El Pasoan for their contribution to the Arts in our city. This year we are pleased to announce that Carol Johnson was our choice. We hosted a special event in her honor at the time of the announcement, and recognized her contribution at the Festival Concert.

Wesley gave of his time and talent in our Outreach Program to bring his standard of music to the Da Vinci school. Louise Houghton graciously performed for a local church raising much needed money, and brought Australian 20th and 21st Century music to El Paso in an afternoon Salon and Fund Raiser hosted by Mary Jo Melby.


The El Paso Summer Music Festival Proudly Announces and Congratulates

Wesley Yu, Piano
Winner of our Inaugural
2010 Young Musicians' Competition

Andrea C. Guevara, Piano
Honorable Mention

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL COMPETITORS AND FINALISTS!!

June 12th
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, UTEP
to acknowledge and congratulate
the winner and finalists.


Here are the finals concerts listed by their date along with the performers for each concert. Click their name for a brief bio and any available program information.
We thank each of the competitors and especially the finalists for the hard work and commitment they have shown.

First Finals Recital, February 28, 2010

Daniel Cheng Yu, Piano

Jensine Caranto, Violin

Second Finals Recital, April 11, 2010

Mariana Sandoval Diaz, Voice

James Blanchard, Flute

Third Finals Recital, April 25, 2010

Wesley Yu, Piano

Andrea C. Guevara, Piano

Alternate Finalists

Sergio Valdez, Guitar

So Yeon Hwang, Piano

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ANDREA GUEVERA, pianist, is a student, majoring in piano performance. She is currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Texas, El Paso, with Dr. Oscar Macchioni. In the summer of 2009, she attended the Stony Brook International Piano Festival where she studied with Dr. Amy Gustafson and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendes, professors at New York University. She had also taken a master class with Miyoko Nayaka Lotto. She has performed at the Steinway Hall in New York City and was the recipient of a Superior Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Festival.














Her favorite composers are Handel, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and Chopin. Andrea is 18 years old and resides in Cuidad Juarez. She enjoys spending time with her family.
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POTPOURRI CONCERT
June 12, 2010
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM


Presentation to
CAROL JOHNSON

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Visions Fugitives, No. 8, 10, 14, 19, and 20
Commodo
Ridicolasamente
Feroce
Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuato
Lento irrealmente

Frédéric Chopin  (1810-1849)
Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31
Presto

WESLEY YU, piano
2010 Competition Winner

Emmanuel Arias y Luna (1935-)
                                Sonoralia, Op 3 "La Zacatecana"                               
Danza
Jarabe

Jarabe Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
                                    String Quartet No.1 Op. 20                                            
Allegro violento ed agitato
Vivacissimo
Calmo e poetico
Allegramente rustico

Eduardo Gamboa (1960)
                     Cañambú                        

LA CATRINA QUARTET
Daniel Vega-Albela, 1st violin 
Blake Espy, 2nd violinJorge Martinez , viola 
Dana Winograd, cello

INTERMISSION

PIANO PUZZLER

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
  Polonaise  No.5 F# minor Op.44 
  ANDREA GUEVARA, piano


2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION PRESENTATIONS

Wesley Yu, Winner
Andrea Guevara, Honorable Mention
James Blanchard, Finalist
Jensine Caranto, Finalist
Mariana Sandoval-Diaz, Finalist
Daniel  Yu, Finalist

PUZZLER ANNOUNCEMENT

Robert Schumann (1810 -1856)
Quintet Op.44
Allegro brillante
In modo d'una Marcia. Un poco largamente- Agitato
Scherzo. Molto vivace
Allegro ma non troppo
    
LA CATRINA QUARTET
Daniel Vega-Albela, 1st violin 
Blake Espy, 2nd violinJorge Martinez , viola 
Dana Winograd, cello

LOUISE HOUGHTON, piano


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

LA CATRINA QUARTET. Hailed by Yo Yo Ma as wonderful ambassadors for music, the La Catrina String Quartet is one of the most sought after ensembles on tour today. Their unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously entertaining for its diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concertgoers while still attracting the next generation of listeners. Their infectious personalities infuse their playing, creating truly compelling performances. The La Catrina Quartet has a triple mission: to perform the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, to promote Mexican and Latin American art music worldwide and to work closely with composers in order to promote the performance of new music

The La Catrina Quartet tours regularly throughout the US and Mexico, and has received important awards and recognitions, such as Western Michigan University’s All University Research and Creative Scholar Award, the Bascom Little Fund Grant (www.bascomlittle.org) and the North Carolina Arts Council cARTwheels 2009 and 2010 touring program. They have also premiered works by composers Thomas Janson and John Ferrito at the Kent Blossom Music Festival and Zae Munn at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Recent highlights include their participation in the highly competitive Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 2007 Young Performers Career Advancement program in New York City, which concluded with a showcase performance of “next generation’s classical music star performers” in Carnegie Hall.  For two years, they were the Quartet-in-Residence of the Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina. The La Catrina Quartet was also in residence at the Chamber Music Festival of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they collaborated with the Brentano Quartet, the Poulenc Trio and The Miami Quartet. They conducted several quartet residencies during the summer of 2009. This season they will be featured in concert series throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Upcoming concerts include a performance in Merkin Hall in New York City as well as University of Washington’s World Series in Seattle. For detailed concert and schedule information please visit http://www.lacatrinaquartet.com/Coming_Up.html

DANIEL VEGA-ALBELA, violin. Born in Mexico City, Daniel Vega-Albela started studying violin with Yuriko Kuronuma.  At fifteen, he won silver medal in the first National Violin Competition in Mexico City. At sixteen, he traveled to New York City, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Mannes College of Music, under the guidance of Sally Thomas. He has played with many ensembles in the United States, such as the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, the Amherst Collegium Musicum, the Opus 1 String Ensemble, the Asparagus Valley Chamber Ensemble, and the Western New York Chamber Players. He has toured Japan and Mexico, and has had many appearances with different orchestras throughout Mexico. He has also worked with several chamber and symphony orchestras in Mexico, such as the Orquesta de Cámara de Morelos, the Camerata de Torreón, the Camerata de Roberto Kolb and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería.

From 1994 to 1997, he was instructor of violin at the Academia Yuriko Kuronuma in Mexico City, and in 1997, he joined the Conservatorio de las Rosas to teach violin performance and to play with their new music ensemble, the Ensamble de las Rosas. While with the Ensamble de las Rosas, he performed at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, and played concertmaster for the recording of Luis Jaime Cortez’s opera Las Tentaciones de San Antonio. From 2001 to 2003, he was violin Instructor at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His devotion to teaching has already yielded some important results: he is featured in the 2004 and 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Vega-Albela holds a Master of Violin Performance degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Chamber Music degree from Kent State University, where he studied with Renata Artman Knific and Ivan Chan, respectively.

BLAKE ESPY, violin. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Blake Espy started violin at the age of six. He has been associate concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  He also spent one summer in Mexico City performing with Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. In 2007, Mr. Espy was invited to become a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, a professional studies orchestra whose alumni have gone on to join the ranks of professional orchestras all over the U.S. and the world.  In this program he was given the opportunity to act as a rotating concertmaster, chamber musician, and educator to young musicians in the Miami area. In his hometown of Savannah, Mr. Espy created a non profit organization called MusicAlive, whose mission is to establish a healthy and sustainable environment for classical music throughout the area by means of community engagement, unique performance venues, innovative programming, as well as traditional performance practices. Mr. Espy holds a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music Performance Degree from Louisiana State University and an Artist’s diploma at SUNY Purchase.

DANA WINOGRAD, cello. Originally from Los Angeles, cellist Dana Winograd received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in performance from the Juilliard School in New York where she studied with Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet for chamber music. After graduation, Winograd led an active freeelance career in New York City, including performances at Carnegie Hall with the American Composer's Orchestra and the American Symphony, Broadway appearances (both in the pit and on stage) with Phantom of The Opera, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, and Once Upon a Mattress, as well as playing backup for Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, Lyle Lovett, Manhattan Transfer, and Harry Connick Jr. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1998, Winograd has been a member of the New Mexico Symphony and is principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Plainfield Symphony in NJ and the Julius Grossman Orchestra in NY. As a chamber musician Winograd plays frequently with the Serenata of Santa Fe, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists and Chatter. She is also the cello teacher of many budding musicians in the Santa Fe area and the proud mother of an 11-pound dog named Poco, as well as the foster parent of countless other neighborhood dogs.

JORGE MARTINEZ, viola. Born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, Jorge Martinez studied viola at the Conservatorio de las Rosas where he graduated with honors under the tutelage of professor Gela Dubrova. In August 2001, he was awarded a fellowship by the Department of Public Education of Mexico to study abroad. In 2003, he completed his Master of Music degree in Viola Performance at Western Michigan University. Mr. Martinez has taken master classes with such prominent players as Michael Kugel, Robert Vernon and Anita Pontrimoli. As a chamber musician, he has participated in master classes with the Tokyo and Miami String Quartets, the Triple Helix Trio, William Preucil, Stephen Rose and Robert Vernon. While at WMU, Mr. Martinez became a member of the Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society. In addition to this, he was awarded, along with his colleagues of the La Catrina, one of the university’s most prestigious awards, namely, the All University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award. It was the first time in the history of the university that the Graduate College bestowed such recognition upon an ensemble of the School of Music. Mr. Martinez was a faculty member of the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Mexico, as well as instructor of violin and viola at Crescendo Academy of  Music in Kalamazoo, Michigan.As an orchestral musician, he was assistant principal of both the Camerata de Coahuila and the Orquesta de Camara de Morelia.  Most recently, Mr. Martinez received an offer to become principal viola of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, one of the most prestigious orchestras in Mexico. Mr. Martinez has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in Mexico and in December 2004, he gave a recital and a master class in London.

LOUISE HOUGHTON, concert pianist. Ms. Houghton has a graduate degree in Accompaniment from the University of Cincinnati.  She furthered her studies in London (UK) with Paul Hamburger and Geoffrey Parsons, increasing her knowledge of accompaniment and its vast repertoire.  She taught at Xavier University (Cincinnati), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Kentucky), Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), Butler University (Indianapolis) and held the position of Professor of Accompanying at De Pauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) before coming to El Paso.Her performing experience has been in London, Paris and Germany, the Far East and throughout the U.S. Since coming to El Paso she has performed solo recitals and worked collaboratively in Far West Texas and New Mexico. Louise has been a clinician at Master Classes and is an active adjudicator for piano competitions.She coaches singers and, by invitation, has worked with faculty and students as well as singer/accompanist ensembles at New Mexico University in Las Cruces.

After coming to El Paso, Louise realized that the music scene during the summer especially classical music, was rather sparse.  Out of this need to provide the community with an additional musical entertainment, she founded the El Paso Summer Music Festival with a vision to provide a classical music program during the summer months, as well as to reach out to the community by honoring person(s) for their contributions to music and the arts, provide outreach to the community, and incorporate competitions into the Festival’s offering. The 2010 EPSMF season  launched its inaugural Young Musicians’ Competition.(www.epsmf.org).

WESLEY YU, pianist. WINNER  of the El Paso Summer Music Festival Young Musicians’ Competition. Born in San Antonio, Wesley began studying the piano with his mother when he was four. He started with home recitals every weekend and began taking lessons from other pianists. In 2003, the 6-year-old was invited to perform at the Musical Bridges Around The World Prodigy Concerts in San Antonio. In 2008, Wesley won the Grand Prize at the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition,
playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and then performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. A year later, he received the Diploma of the Associated Board
of the Royal Schools of Music for piano performance.

Wesley is currently an eighth grader at Morehead Middle School and is taking Pre-AP Geometry and English I at Coronado High School. He is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, an editor for the school yearbook, and a team member for the UIL speech contests. Wesley volunteers for the El Paso Museum of Archaeology during  the summer and often performs on both the piano and violin at churches, retirement communities, and the public libraries around El Paso

ANDREA GUEVERA, pianist. HONORABLE MENTION in the El Paso Summer Music Festival Young Musicians’ Competition. Andrea is majoring in piano performance and currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Texas, El Paso with Dr. Oscar Macchioni. In the summer of 2009, she attended the Stony Brook  International Piano Festival where she studied with  Dr. Amy Gustafson and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendes, professors at New York University. She has also taken a master class with  Miyoko Nayaka Lotto. She has performed at the Steinway Hall in New York City and was the recipient of a Superior Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Festival. Her favorite composers are Handel, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and Chopin. Andrea is 18 years old and resides in Cuidad Juarez.

ABOUT THE HONOREE

CAROL JOHNSON, a native El Pasoan, has been actively supporting the
El Paso arts for the last 25 years. She has been a volunteer in the El Paso Symphony Guild; worked as the Public Relations officer in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra office; and served twice on the EPSOA Board of Directors. Her love of music has touched the community. She started the New Music Concerts (a program that lasted ten years) while serving six years on the El Paso Pro Musica Board.  Also, she commissioned two symphonies by U. S. composers, one by Luis Tinoco of Portugal and one by Charles Strouse, named "Concerto America”, and a piece for string quartet by U.S. composer Charles Wuorinen named "Fourth String Quartet”.

She is currently a member of the El Paso Pro Musica Guild, the Conductor’s Club of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSOA) and El Paso Pro Musica, the Collector’s Club of the El Paso Museum of Art. She is co-sponsor of the 2010 Bedazzled Gala. Carol is also a member of the Board of Directors of Lee and Beulah Moor Children's Home and the War Eagles Museum. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of the West.Carol pursued her education with the University of Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP. She is married to Dr. Steve Allen Johnson, Associate Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Finance. Her daughter, Lee MacGuire Carnes, is a high school English teacher in Austin, and this year, brought Carol’s beautiful granddaughter, Chloe Grace Carnes, into this world. Her parents are the late John Thomas MacGuire and Betty Moor MacGuire, who were instrumental in saving the Plaza Theatre.

Carol owns Yoga For Life, a studio aimed at wellness through the practice of yoga.  She has taught yoga for 20 years and is certified to teach in the Iyengar Yoga method.

ABOUT THE YOUNG MUSICIANS' COMPETITION

The EPSMF Young Musicians’ Competition, an inspired event offering a $2000 award and a guest performance in the Summer Potpourri Concert to the competition's winner, was launched this year to offer opportunities to talented young musicians between the ages of 8 and 19. Six competition finalists and two alternates were selected through an application and audition process targeting both academic and musical excellence. This was followed by a series of  recorded recitals that went before a panel of three adjudicators. All finalists will be required to participate in outreach activities through the El Paso Summer Music Festival to build cultural and leadership skills.

ABOUT THE FINALISTS

JAMES BLANCHARD, flutist, is a tenth grader at Onate High School. In his freshman year, James made fourth in the All-State competition of New Mexico on flute and fourth in the Southwest Honor band the same year. In 2009, he entered his third season of playing with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra. This year, James moved to second in the All-State competition of New Mexico and to first chair in the Southwest. He has performed in the district-wide Solo and Ensemble competition and has attained the Honor Soloist award for two years in a row. He hopes to become a part of either the Curtis Institute of Music,or the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in which he will hopefully pursue degrees in performance, music education, and conducting.

JENSINE CARANTO, violinist, is a senior at El Paso’s Coronado High School. Jensine began the piano at age 6 and the violin at age 8. She has performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as the 2009 EPSYOs Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner. She was selected to the Texas All-State Orchestra for four years and was recently ranked 20th in the state. Jensine has been the All-Region 22 Symphony Orchestra Concertmistress for the past two years; a rotating concertmistress in the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past three years; and the Concertmistress and President of the Coronado High School Orchestra. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Jensine plans to study music performance or music education, as well as pre-medicine or an additional liberal arts subject in college.

MARIANA SANDOVAL-DIAZ,  mezzo soprano, was born on 1993 in El Paso, Texas. She was raised in Juarez, Chihuahua for ten years. She is currently a junior in Americas High School,  She is a member of the El Paso Young Ladies Choir and has sung with the El Paso Symphony and the El Paso Opera. She performed in NPR’s From the Top live-taping at the Plaza Theater with the Ladies Choir in 2009. This summer she will perform on a European tour also with the El Paso Young Ladies Choir. She plans to apply to Rice University and to major in voice performance.

DANIEL YU, pianist, has been playing piano since the age of six when he began his studies with the acclaimed Russian concert artist Eugene Masluk. His awards include gold and bronze medals in the 2007, 15th Annual U.S. Open Music Competition (Oakland, California) with five silver and two bronze medals the following year in the 2008, 16th annual competition. In 2006, Daniel began performing monthly solo concerts at the Esther-Jacques Reutlinger Community Center for Jewish Living in Danville California. Daniel competed in the 2009 Music Teachers Association of California Solo Competition and was invited to perform in California State Convention. He also plays violin in his school orchestra. Daniel is a seventh grade student at Hut Brown Middle School in El Paso.

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival thanks and supports Creative Kids





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2009 - 2010 Season