To promote a greater musical understanding in the border community through outreach, education, youth programs, and celebration with eclectic musical offerings and an emphasis on classical music culminating during the summer months.
Each year, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future honors and celebrates an outstanding person who has been integral to the support and continuation of the arts in El Paso and the surrounding area through the donation of time, talent, and/or financial support.
...NUTURING THE PRESENT FOR THE FUTURE...
..THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC.
A MESSAGE FROM THE EPSMF PRESIDENT...
…building bridges and connecting generations through the power of music.
It was an amazing year. The 2015-2016 season for the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) highlighted awards and opportunity. Four new instruments were awarded to students through the Instruments for Young Lives program, the Competition for Young Musicians showcased local young talent in tight scoring for the top place, and for the third time, EPSMF hosted NPR’s From the Top in a fantastic live-taping that featured incredible young talent from across the nation, including Hanks High School graduate and flutist, Madison Fanning. Most recently, EPSMF collaborated with the El Paso Museum of Art to marry the creativity of artwork and music of the same period through the Goodman Gift Collection. We learned creativity radiates from the stroke of a brush, stroke of a pen, and stroke of a key. Embrace it all … together.
For those that missed these inspiring events, join us in this next season. It’s clear that the Arts organizations in El Paso are all striving for audience attendance, participation, and support. The choices in activities are mounting in our community and the gems lying next to us are often overlooked in the bigger splash of well-funded events. Yet, we are here! Ask any of the students who received an instrument to support their musical aptitude and education and see the glow of their responses. We’re touching lives one at a time with a pay-it-forward approach in outreach to the community. It’s impactful.
The 2016 EPSMF Honoree was Socorro Diamondstein, a tireless advocate for the Arts who supported local organizations through the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department. Now retired, Socorro reflected, in her honoree speech, upon the richness of arts and education and those that make it happen. We at EPSMF are glad to be a part of this and continue to create opportunities to make a positive difference in lives through the power of music. Gratitude goes to the many who support our efforts and recognize the value in profoundly touching all generations in small, large, and unique ways.
Applications for the 2017 Competition for Young Musicians and the Instruments for Young Lives program will be available online on September 15, 2016 (go to www.epsmf.org). Look for EPSMF’s Indigo Night (January 2017) in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series, yet another gem in our city. Watch us! We are here! There is more to come.