JUNE 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
EPSMF ANNOUNCES 2017 WINNERS: COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS WINNERS AND INSTRUMENT RECIPIENTS
Contact: Lynn Provenzano at 915-449-0619 or lynnprog@aol.com
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) announces the winners of the 2017 COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS. Six finalists competed in a recital on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the University Presbyterian Church. This competition called to exceptionally talented students between the ages of 8 and 19 to compete for cash awards with classical music repertoire. The top award is $1800 and a performance in EPSMF’s annual summer concert (July 14, 2017 at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall). Second and third places are awarded $700 and $500. All finalists in this competition are publicly recognized for their achievements.

1st Place: Samuel Leighton Maddox, piano
2nd Place: Erasto Cortés II, piano
3rd Place: Vincent Yang, piano
Recognition: Cassandra Beato, mezzo-soprano
Recognition: Lauren Samonte, piano
Recognition: Regina Famatigan, soprano

The INSTRUMENTS FOR YOU LIVES program awards new step-up musical instruments to young musicians who demonstrate academic and musical excellence along with unmet financial need. 
Instruments for Young Lives Awards go to:
Eric Gardea: bflat clarinet
Joe Regis: euphonium

Applications for the 2017-2018 Competition for Young Musicians and Instruments for Young Lives Program will be available in September 2017. Watch for announcements.

EPSMF SUMMER Concert, Canciones y Corazonas, and Young Musician Awards
Thursday, July 14, 2017
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall – 7:30PM

Tickets: UTEP Ticket Office. Ticketmaster. Available at the Door
$19.50 General Admission
$15.50 Seniors/Military
$ 8.50 Students

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.


About the Young Musicians:

SAMUEL LEIGHTON MADDOX - piano (2017 competition winner)
Samuel Leighton Maddox is a home-schooled eight grader. He was playing compositions by Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Bartók, Clementi and Debussy in his solo debut concert at age ten. Samuel sees piano as being a major part of his life and dreams of pursuing a career as a professional pianist.  He is a regular performer with the Bruce Nehring Consort and has also been featured at the Chamizal National Memorial Auditorium. 

ERASTO CORTÉS II – piano (2017 competition- 2nd place)
Erasto Cortés II performs with the Radford High School Band on the flute. Erasto’s accolades include first place in the EPYSO 2016 Regional Piano Competition and overall greatest performance with the Radford High School Band in the Disneyland Music Festival in Los Angeles. He volunteers at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, playing classical music for the congregation.

VINCENT YANG – piano (2017 competition- 3rd place)
Vincent Yang is a twelve-year-old honor student at Radford School. He received a 2nd place prize in the 2016 EPSMF Competition for Young Musicians. He was a semi-finalist in the International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival USA 2016. Vincent was most recently selected as a semi-finalist in the Texas Music Teachers Association Solo Performance, and will go to Dallas to compete for the State title. In January 2017, Vincent performed in the “Catch a Rising Star” Organ Symposium and was featured as a young organist in the New York based journal publication of the American Guild of Organist.

CASSANDRA BEATO - mezzo-soprano (2017 competition- recognition)
Cassandra Beato is a senior at Eastlake High School who has been accepted into Abilene Christian University to pursue a double major in Vocal Performance and Digital Entertainment Technology. Her passion for music and audio/video production have led her to become the president of choir and the vice president of audio/video production. She is also part of other school activities to include theater performances and competitions for the National FFA Organization

LAUREN SAMONTE - piano (2017 competition- recognition)
Lauren Samonte is a graduating senior at El Paso High School. She has been passionately playing the piano since she was six years old.  Music has always enriched her life and she cherishes it so much that she has chosen it to be her lifetime career.  She will be attending University of North Texas College of Music as a piano major this fall. Outside of piano, she plays the viola with the El Paso High School Orchestra.

REGINA FAMATIGAN - mezzo-soprano (2017 competition- recognition)
Regina Famatigan is a senior at Coronado High School and is the President of the Coronado Varsity Choir. During her time with the choir, she has received sweepstakes on multiple occasions in University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions. She also accompanied the Coronado Thundersingers to

Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2015. As a soloist, she has received top ratings in both regional and UIL state solo and ensemble. Regina has also been involved in musical theatre, performing in several musical performances with roles including Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Lucy van Pelt in You're a Good man Charlie Brown.

ERIC GARDEA - bflat clarinet award
Eric Gardea is a freshman at Horizon High School. He plays the clarinet in the All-Region Band (8th and 9th grades) as well as the Horizon High School band and wind ensemble.  He also plays the baritone saxophone in the high school jazz band.  Eric currently studies clarinet with Anna Chavarria. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. He enjoys a good three-mile run and the outdoors. Eric also volunteers at ActionCare, a pediatric therapy center for autistic children.

JOE REGIS - euphonium award
Joe Regis is junior at Horizon High School. His list of accomplishments include the All-Region Bands –Middle School (2013-2014), Freshman (2014-2015), High School (2016-2017)—and the State Marching Band Competition (2015-2016). He plays the clarinet, French horn, trumpet, and tenor saxophone. He enjoys creating his own masterpieces in paintings, drawings, and compositions. He also enjoys photographing natural wonders in the U.S.
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JANUARY 2, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR EPSMF YOUTH PROGRAMS - INSTRUMENTS FOR YOUNG LIVES & COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS - JAN 16TH & 30TH

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619 | lynnprog@aol.com

El Paso, Texas—The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is accepting applications to enter the 2017 Competition for Young Musicians and Instruments for Young Live Program. The deadlines are approaching. Applications are online at www.epsmf.org

Applications for the COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS must be postmarked by January 30, 2017.

The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive an $1800 first prize and will perform in the EPSMF 2016 Summer Concert. The second place award is $700, and third place award is $500. Finalists will be announced on March 15, 2017. Watch for announcements regarding the Competition date and location.

Applications for INSTRUMENTS FOR YOUNG LIVES must be postmarked by January 16, 2017.

EPSMF partners with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to award new musical instruments to deserving students. Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character. Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2017-2018 school year. Recipients will become participants in the EPSMF outreach and Ambassador Leadership Program. Recipients will be announced on March 1, 2017. Instruments will be awarded at the annual EPSMF Honoree & Awards Dinner. Watch for these announcements.

For information on how to apply a go to the El Paso Society for Young Musicians website; www.epsmf.org
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The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging generations through quality classical music programs. In the 2016, competition pianist Janice Diau, then a freshman at Silva Magnet High School, was awarded First Place out of six finalists in the annual Competition for Young Musicians.

Four instruments were awarded in the 2015-2016 Instruments for Young Lives program: Maria Torres (Ysleta High School) received a flute; Raul Barcenas (Bowie High School) received a violin. Juan Lucero (Parkland High School) received a soprano saxophone; and Gabriel Villareal (Coronado High School) received a tenor saxophone.

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EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

                                                                                         
AUGUST 18, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cherry Duke
917-312-5598
ccduke@utep.edu

Opera UTEP and EPSMF host renowned conductor and vocal coach Maestro Steven Crawford, September 12-15
The University of Texas at El Paso’s Opera UTEP will host Maestro Steven Crawford of New York City for a weeklong residency in early September. In addition to his work one-on-one and in class with UTEP’s opera students, he will be featured on two community events, co-hosted by El Paso Society of Musicians of the Future Tuesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 15.

Opera UTEP director Professor Cherry Duke says, “My mission is to bring the highest caliber guest artists to work with and inspire our students.” Maestro Crawford is certainly one of New York City’s finest classical artists. After 12 years as a conductor for the renowned Metropolitan Opera and multiple seasons as a conductor and vocal coach for regional opera companies and prestigious young artist programs, Crawford brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to UTEP’s music students.

Steven Crawford is a gifted and accomplished collaborative pianist who presents a unique perspective on shaping music. “Like language, melody has its own 'grammar,'” says Crawford. “It is a study of relationships…of harmony, rhythm and meter. In vocal music, the two grammatical paradigms of melody and text must be unified into a seamless expression, to engage the mind of the listener on both levels.”

On Thursday night Maestro Crawford will teach a vocal master class, featuring singers from UTEP as well as a small group of area high school students who are the first class of UTEP Opera Scholars. Those interested in the inner workings of the classical voice and crafting a song will enjoy watching Crawford work with these talented young singers.

All are welcome to attend these fascinating, informative and entertaining evenings. Both events are free and open to the public.

EVENT DETAILS
The Grammar of Melody: A conversation with Maestro Steven Crawford
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:00-7:15pm
University of Texas at El Paso, Fox Fine Arts Building, room M402

Community Master Class
Featuring singers from UTEP Voice Area and UTEP Opera Scholars
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7:30-9:30pm
University of Texas at El Paso, Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

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About Steven M. Crawford
Maestro Steven M. Crawford is among the most versatile musicians on the classical scene today. He has conducted in opera companies and orchestras around the United States, has accompanied the world’s finest singers, and is in the top tier of coaches in the opera world.  Maestro Crawford’s conducting engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Syracuse Opera, Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera, Nevada Opera, Chelsea Opera and Opera Idaho. He has also conducted a number of world and NYC premieres. He has been engaged as conductor by the New World Symphony as well as cover to Kurt Mazur with the New York Philharmonic. Maestro Crawford has displayed his considerable pianistic skills in collaboration with numerous renowned vocalists and has worked extensively as a vocal coach around the nation.

About EPSMF
The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is a non-profit organization working to provide El Pasoans and the border community a variety of classical musical events and outreach.  The EPSMF Competition for Young Musicians and Instruments for Young Lives awards programs support our community of young musicians in education and music standards. Competition finalists and instrument recipients all participate in outreach activities through the EPSMF to build cultural and leadership skills.

About Opera UTEP
The Opera ensemble of the University of Texas at El Paso trains UTEP’s finest student vocalists in stagecraft and physical and vocal expression. Additionally, students learn professional behavior, self-discipline, decorum and public speaking, skills which transfer to any occupation. Opera UTEP is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Cherry Duke with pianist Dr. Esequiel Meza.


MAY 23, 2016– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Program Contact: Robin Allen LaPlante
617-437-0707 x103, rlaplante@fromthetop.org

EPSMF Contact: Lynn Provenzano
915-449-0619, lynnprog@aol.com

El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future to bring Popular NPR Show
From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley back to El Paso, Texas
Live Recording to Celebrate the Budding Careers of a New Generation of Young Artists

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on KTEP 88.5 FM comes to Plaza Theatre on June 4 at 7:30 PM. This will be the third time El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) has brought the hit NPR show to the Sun City. This live radio show will gather young artists from across the country for an uplifting infusion of youthful virtuosity and music-making.

This exciting recording of From the Top will celebrate EPSMF and their commitment to supporting and celebrating local young musicians, by showcasing a local 17-year-old flute player from El Paso, Madison Fanning. A senior at J.M. Hanks High School, Madison is a member of her school’s marching band and honor band, as well as the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, this broadcast will feature amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young musicians, including 17-year-old Arizona composer Karalyn Schubring – From the Top’s ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award recipient – who will present an original composition, performed by From the Top Alum, euphonium player Joe Broom. Also featured on this show will be 15-year-old violinist Claire Wells. Two other performers will be announced soon.

For information on this special event, visit http://www.epsmf.org/. Tickets available through the Plaza Theatre Box Office and www.ticketmaster.com. From the Top may be heard locally on KTEP 88.5 FM on Sundays at 1:00 PM; this episode will air nationally the week of June 26.

DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016
TIME:  7:30 PM
LOCATION: PLAZA THEATRE
TICKETS: GENERAL $30 - $40  STUDENTS $10 MILITARY/SENIOR/GROUP DISCOUNTS

From the Top is America’s premier national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Operating from Boston’s vibrant music district, From the Top produces nationwide media programs (like NPR’s From the Top Live with Christopher O’Riley), presents inspiring live performances in Boston and around the country, offers scholarships, and helps America’s talented, hard-working, and dedicated young musicians inspire music lovers of all ages.

Broadcast on over 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners, NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley has been described by the Boston Globe as, "an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives." From the Top’s PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall (2007–2009) won two daytime Emmy awards, and From the Top’s YouTube channel offers videos and behind-the-scenes insights.

Now in its 15th year, From the Top's live recordings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States each year. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top’s Education & Outreach department offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students.

From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.  From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is a 501( c )3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music programs. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.  More at www.epsmf.org.

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department,
the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

For information regarding EPSMF and local involvement in the From the Top event contact:
Lynn Provenzano
915-449-0619
lynnprog@aol.com


MARCH 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  EPSMF HONORS SOCORRO DIAMONDSTEIN
Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is pleased to announce its
2016 HONOREE, SOCORRO DIAMONDSTEIN.  Each year EPSMF celebrates an outstanding person who has been integral to the support and continuation of the Arts in El Paso and the surrounding area.

Socorro Diamondstein has held a very special place in the El Paso Arts Community.  Her role as the Cultural Funding Director for the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) for more than eight years placed her in a support position to many individual artists and Arts and Culture organizations. Funding for the Arts is a challenge in today’s economic environment.  This makes available monies through grants an avenue of financial support that must be navigated skillfully. Socorro’s passion for community service became the resource, guidance and coaching in the grant process that ultimately resulted in the development and empowerment of many organizations (small and large) as well as individual artists in the El Paso Border Region. This supported the cultivation of the Arts in our city and benefited a great many people.
EPSMF will honor Socorro Diamondstein at its annual Honoree Dinner on May 5, 2016 at the Magic Bistro on Doniphan Drive in the Upper Valley. The event is entitled “Bridges” to signify the many ways in which the power of music bridges generations and opportunities. EPSMF recognizes Socorro Diamondstein’s service, the service of one, in bridging opportunities to the many services of others in our community. 

This event will also include the Instruments for Young Lives Awards (IYL), an EPSMF program designed to support music students who demonstrate academic and musical excellence along with unmet financial need. Four students will receive musical instruments to support their continued education in the Arts.

“BRIDGES” HONOREE & IYL AWARDS EVENT
MAY 5, 2016 – 6:30PM
MAGIC BISTRO – 5034 Doniphan Drive (Upper Valley)
$65/person
Reservations: Call 915-449-0619

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The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music programs. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.


JANUARY 16, 2016
NPR’S HIT SHOW FROM THE TOP WITH HOST CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY
SEEKS LOCAL TALENT

PRE-COLLEGE-AGE CLASSICAL MUSICIANS WANTED

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619

From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the hit NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent for its live show recording on June 4, 2016 at Plaza Theatre. The weekly hour-long radio program is heard on KTEP 88.5 FM on Sundays at 1:00PM as well as nearly 220 other stations nationwide. The show will be presented by the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF).

From the Top welcomes audition entries from young classical musicians, ages 8 to 18 who have not graduated from high school. Solo performers on all instruments, composers and vocalists, as well as instrumental or vocal ensembles are welcome.  In addition to seeking talent for its upcoming live concert in the Plaza Theatre, the program seeks young musicians for other concerts that are part of its national tour on a rolling admissions basis.

From the Top’s variety show format features serious musical performances and lively interviews with some of the country’s best pre-collegiate performers. This unique blend of music, talk, and humor draws nearly 700,000 loyal listeners. It is an essential part of From the Top’s mission to take musicians out of the concert hall and into the community. In conjunction with every live recording, From the Top’s education and outreach programs offer valuable support and resources for young musicians as they prepare for multi-faceted careers in the arts, inspire and build new audiences for classical music, and use their talents to make a difference in the lives of others.

Of the more than 100 musicians chosen to appear on the radio program every year, approximately 20 will receive Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards in support of furthering their musical education. These up to $10,000 scholarships are given to deserving young classical musicians between the ages of 8-18 who have high levels of artistic achievement, demonstrated financial need, and a solid academic record.

Application and scholarship information is available online at www.fromthetop.org. Applications and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis. Local applicants are requested to contact EPSMF at 915-449-0619 after submitting applications online.

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ABOUT FROM THE TOP

From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.

Broadcast on over 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners, NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley has been described by the Boston Globe as, "an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives." From the Top’s PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall (2007–2009) won two daytime Emmy awards, and From the Top’s YouTube channel offers videos and behind-the-scenes insights.

Now in its 15th year, From the Top's live recordings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States each year. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top’s Education & Outreach department offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students.

From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.  From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH.

From the Top is a non-profit organization proudly based in Boston’s vibrant cultural district. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.


ABOUT EPSMF

The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music programs. The organization has a growing commitment in outreach to the youth of the Borderland. Learn more at www.epsmf.org.

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.


January 14, 2016
EL PASO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S JEWEL BOX SERIES GETS DREAMY WITH CLASSICAL GUITARIST DANIELLE ANAYA

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619

The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre continues its second season with its first classical guitar concert featuring Danielle Anaya.

Danielle will perform a program called Transfiguration of Dreams at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 9 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 10 in the Philanthropy Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.
El Paso Community Foundation's Jewel Box Series gets dreamy with classical guitarist Danielle Anaya

The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre
continues its second season with its first classical guitar concert featuring Danielle
Anaya. Danielle will perform a program called Transfiguration of Dreams at 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 10 in the Philanthropy Theatre,
part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com
(additional online charges may apply),
800-745-3000 and 915-546-0609.

The concerts, presented by the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future, won’t be typical classical guitar recitals. They will feature pieces ranging from the Renaissance period to works by 20th century Cuban Leo Brouwer, and will include dancers and multimedia projections.

“I am trying to transport the audience into another world, not to escape, really, but to see beauty in another way,” said Danielle, who teaches piano and guitar at Desert Moon Academy of the Arts in El Paso.

The concerts coincide with the release of her first album, Renaissance to Romantic: 3 Centuries of Music.


January 2, 2016
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR EPSMF YOUTH PROGRAMS - INSTRUMENTS FOR YOUNG LIVES & COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS - JAN 15TH & 30TH

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619

El Paso, Texas—The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is accepting applications to enter the 2016 Young Musicians’ Competition and Instruments for Young Live Program. The deadlines are approaching. Applications are online at www.epsmf.org

Applications for the COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS must be postmarked by January 30, 2016.

The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive a $2000 first prize and will perform in the EPSMF 2016 Summer Concert. Second place will receive $500, and third place $200.

Applications for INSTRUMENTS FOR YOUNG LIVES must be postmarked by January 15, 2016.

EPSMF partners with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to award a minimum of two new musical instruments to deserving students. Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character. Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2016-2017 school year. Recipients will become participants in the EPSMF outreach and community leadership programs.

For information on how to apply a go to the El Paso Society for Young Musicians website; www.epsmf.org
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The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging generations through quality classical music programs. In the 2015, competition pianist Samuel Barron, then a sophomore at Coronado High School, was awarded First Place out of six finalists in the annual Competition for Young Musicians.

Alto saxophones were awarded to Odette Higareda and Daniel Soto, students at Mountain View High School in the 2014 Instruments for Young Lives program.

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EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.


June 15, 2015
IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS EPSMF CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
www.epsmf.org

El Paso– The El Paso Society for Musician of the Future (EPSMF) is pleased to announce pianist Samuel Barron as the winner of the 2015 Young Musicians’ Competition. Samuel will receive a $2000.00 cash prize and will perform in the EPSMF 2015 Summer “Full Circle-Bridging Generations” Concert at 7:30 pm on July 16th, at the El Paso Museum of Art.

Samuel is a sophomore in the IB program at Coronado High School and has been playing the piano for ten years under the instruction of Anna Habicht.  He has participated in numerous competitions both at the local and state levels and performs frequently in recitals with the El Paso Music Teachers Association. Samuel hopes to study medicine and to become a doctor, yet, according to Samuel “I will always continue to play the piano. . . “

Second place and $500 cash award will go to Orlando Barajas, violist, an 18 year-old from Ciudad Juárez. Third place and $200 cash award will go Leonard Ayala, baritone, a senior at Maxine Silva Magnet High School. Recognition for Achievement will be awarded to Raúl Dominguez, viola, a student at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, Perla Cardenas, cellist, a freshman at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Jeeyoon Kim, violinist, a sophomore at Coronado High School.

All awards will be presented at the EPSMF 2015 Summer “Full Circle- Bridging Generations” Concert. The concert will feature Brian Asawa, countertenor, and Natanya Washer, soprano. Miss Washer, is an El Pasoan and a former finalist in EPSMF’s inaugural competition in 2010. She is currently a student at the Peabody Institute returns to El Paso to perform with Mr. Asawa, who has been praised as one of the foremost countertenors of our time.

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EPSMF SUMMER Concert: “FULL CIRCLE – Bridging Generations”
DATE: Thursday, July 16, 2015
LOCATION: El Paso Museum of Art
TIME: 7:30PM
TICKETS: General Seating $25  Students $10 
Tickets available at the door or call: 915-449-0619

The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a non-profit 501( c )3 organization dedicated to providing quality classical music events. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

April 11, 2015
IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE INSTRUMENTS FROM THE
EL PASO SOCIETY FOR MUSICIANS OF THE FUTURE

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is pleased to announce the 2015, recipients of new instruments from its Instruments for Young Lives Program. These students have demonstrated musical and academic achievement, strong character and financial need. They will receive their instruments during the annual Honoree Event on April 18, 2015 at the Magic Bistro on Doniphan Drive in the Upper Valley.

This year’s instrument recipients are:

>Odete Higareda will receive an alto saxophone. She is a junior at Mountain View High School. Gabrielle is a member of the Mountain View High School Band, UIL Solo and Ensemble, TMEA Regional Band and ATSSB Regional Band where she has advanced into area competitions. According to Odete, “it has always been my dream to own my own instrument….I have the potential to make my dreams come true…to study as a music major…”

>Daniel Soto will receive an alto saxophone. He is a sophomore at Mountain View High School. Daniel plays with the Mountain View High School Marching and Concert Bands TMEA Regional Band, and ATSSB Regional Band. He has also played in the All-State Solo and Ensemble. According to Daniel, “my future aspirations are that I am able to attend UTEP and study in music education so that I can teach what I love to others”.

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The Instruments for Young Lives program is a partnership between The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and longtime El Paso business Olivas Music.

The program is designed to assist talented young musicians with unmet financial need. Applicants must demonstrate musical and academic excellence. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future outreach and community leadership programs.

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The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music programs. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community

MAY 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
EPSMF ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN 2014 COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF and formerly known as the El Paso Summer Music Festival) announces the finalists for the 2014 Competition for Young Musicians. Six finalists will compete in a recital on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at University Presbyterian Church at 6PM. This competition calls to exceptionally talented students between the ages of 8 and 19 to compete for cash awards with classical music repertoire. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges following an application process.

The top award is $2000 and the opportunity to perform in EPSMF’s annual summer concerts followed by second and third place awards of $500 and $200. All of the six finalists in this competition are publicly recognized for their achievements.

Finalists are:
Daniel Edison - piano
Daniel is a 7th grader at Wiggs Middle School and has studied piano for 7 years. His focus is on academics and he enjoys playing tennis and soccer.  He performs with his school orchestra and often works with other students. He looks forward to pursuing his music education.

Luke Minton - voice, bass
Luke is a sophomore at Coronado High School. He became interested and involved in music when he received the Naxos "A to Z of Opera" album as a gift when he was in the 6th grade.  He currently sings with the El Paso Chorale, El Paso Conservatory of Music, and the Coronado High School Choir. He has performed in numerous local and regional choirs and productions and is involved in Academic Decathalon.

Nadiah Eleskandry - voice, soprano
Nadiah is a freshman at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. She has been studying voice since the age of four. She currently sings with the Moores School of Music Women's Chorus.

Alexandria Snyder - clarinet
Alexandria is a senior at J.M. Hanks High School. She fell in love with music when she joined the school band in the 5th grade. She currently plays with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Hanks High School Orchestra and Band, All Region Band, and All Region Orchestra. She enjoys reading, photography, and assisting others with their music studies.

Jia (Janice) Diau - piano
Janice is a 7th grader at John Drogan School. She became interested in piano at the age of six. She has placed first in the Baroque Festival and the EPSYO Young Artist Piano Competition in the intermediate division. She enjoys athletic sports, including tennis, track, and volleyball.

Monica Cuellar - voice, soprano
Monica is a senior at Montwood High School. She began singing as a little girl with her church choir. She currently sings with the Montwood High School Choir, her church choir, and the El Paso Young Ladies Choir. Her pastimes include art and sketching

Competition for Young Musicians- FINALIST RECITAL
Saturday, May 10, 2014
University Presbyterian Church – 244 N. Resler – 6PM
The Public is welcome to attend this recital. Donations are welcome.

EPSMF SUMMER Concert: Grace Cloutier & Friends
Thursday, July 10, 2014
El Paso Museum of Art – 7:30PM

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

MAY 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EPSMF ANNOUNCES A NEW DBA

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival (EPSMF) is pleased to announce a new dba, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future. According to Lynn Provenzano, EPSMF president, “This new title indicates a clear and identifiable direction with our work in the community. We continue to develop our programs with seeds that will grow into the future to support the arts and we have found that this bridges generations. What we nurture now in music becomes the future.”  Provenzano further clarifies, “The community will still know this organization by EPSMF. What it stands for takes on a new understanding regarding our foundation and our programs.”

EPSMF features the Instruments for Young Lives program which supports a need, an education, and the music within a young person. Each year EPSMF awards two or more new step-up instruments to students who demonstrate academic and musical excellence with unmet financial need. Provenzano reflects on this, “These are the students who inspire others in their education and service. These are the leaders and educators of the future who will continue to support and grow the arts.”

The Competition for Young Musicians is another program featured throughout the EPSMF year. This program calls to the exceptional talent of 8 to 19 year old students with opportunity to compete in high standards for cash awards. The top award is $2000 and the opportunity to perform in EPSMF’s annual summer concert followed by second and third place awards of $500 and $200. All of the six finalists in this competition are publicly recognized for their achievements.

The quality of EPSMF programs is based on standards the Board of Directors learned from their mentors at NPR’s From the Top. As a two-time host to this outstanding radio program (Sundays on KTEP 88.5FM), EPSMF learned the power of music and the great value it has when shared among all ages. Outreach is integrated into these programs as well. It is a commitment by finalists and instrument award recipients to go into the community and give back.

The organization caps of its season with an annual summer concert. Watch for more announcements!

Competition for Young Musicians- FINALIST RECITAL
Saturday, May 10, 2014
University Presbyterian Church – 244 N. Resler – 6PM
The Public is welcome to attend this recital. Donations are welcome.

EPSMF SUMMER Concert: Grace Cloutier & Friends
Thursday, July 10, 2014
El Paso Museum of Art – 7:30PM

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

April 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  EPSMF HONORS MELISSA COLGIN-ABELN

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival (EPSMF) is pleased to announce its
2014 HONOREE, MELISSA COLGIN ABELN.  Each year EPSMF 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.

Melissa Colgin Abeln was one of the original founders of the El Paso Summer Music Festival. In celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary, Dr. Colgin Ablen has been recognized for her founding inspiration and continued participation in the education and growth of music education in the El Paso community. Locally, Dr. Colgin’s outreach extends to the public schools by way of master classes and clinics for the Texas All-Region/Area/State program, as well as visits to elementary and middle schools for informal music demonstrations. With former students, she facilitated the founding of the El Paso Flute Club (2010), which serves to promote music education through periodic activities and an annual Flute Festival.

The community has seen many of Dr. Colgin’s students move on to become teachers within the border region. She has been sought out as a role model and instructor and is currently an Associate Professor of flute and music literature at The University of Texas at El Paso and the principal flutist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Her education includes the BM degree from the University of Alabama, MM and DMA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, one year of private study in Paris, France, and a summer fellowship with the Yale School of Music.  Her major teachers include Sheryl Cohen, Raymond Guiot, Torkil Bye, Karl Kraber, and Bernard Goldberg. Previous positions include the Sinfonica Orquesta Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. Beyond numerous solo/chamber music appearances in the US and Mexico over three decades, Melissa has performed in France, Norway, Austria, Germany and Turkey.  She has published articles for the journals of the National Flute Association, the Marcel Moyse Society, and Flute Talk. Her most recent research topic, The Memory Map (for music), has led to invitations to lecture at multiple universities and the National Flute Association’s annual conventions.  In 2011, a collaboration with Rebecca Payne Shockley, whose work on mapping music for piano dates from 1980, resulted in presentations at the International Society of Music Education (Greece 2012) as well as conferences for the College Music Society (2012), Music Teachers’ National Association (2013), and Texas Music Educators Association (2014).

Melissa Colgin Abeln will be recognized as the EPMSF 2014 Honoree during the annual Honoree Event on May 1, 2014 at the Magic Bistro on Doniphan Drive in the Upper Valley.

This event will also include the Instruments for Young Lives Awards (IYL), a program designed to support music students who demonstrate academic and musical excellence along with unmet financial need.


March 11, 2014
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE INSTRUMENTS FROM
the EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce the 2014, recipients of new instruments from its Instruments for Young Lives Program. These students have demonstrated musical and academic achievement, strong character and financial need. They will receive their instruments during the annual Honoree Event on May 1, 2014 at the Magic Bistro on Doniphan Drive in the Upper Valley.

This year’s instrument recipients are:
>Gabrielle Cervantes will receive a flute. She is an 18 year old senior at Mountain View High School. Gabrielle is a recipient of the Presidential Excellence Scholarship at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has performed with the TMEA All Region Honor Band as well as the NMSU Southwest Honor Band. Gabrielle is an active member in her community and shares that she has “a deep appreciation for beautiful music“and wants to “keep growing artistically as a musician”.

>Christopher Terrazas will receive a tenor trombone. He is a junior at Mountain View High School. Christopher has performed in the All-State ATSSB Symphonic Band and the TMEA All Region Band and Orchestra with additional accomplishments in state and regional competitions. His goal is to graduate high school with honors and continue with college studies in music education and performance. His vision is to teach. According to Christopher, “Having the ability to share our passion with others is not only fulfilling but, perhaps, one of the greatest qualities we, as humans, possess.”

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The Instruments for Young Lives program is a partnership between The El Paso Summer Music Festival and longtime El Paso business Olivas Music.

The program is designed to assist talented young musicians with unmet financial need. Applicants must demonstrate musical and academic excellence. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation. 

January 8, 2014
THE APPLICATION IS ONLINE FOR EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL’S  ANNUAL INSTRUMENT GIVEAWAY

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas–The application is available online (www.epsmf.org) for the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Instruments for Young Lives program. EPSMF has partnered with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to award a minimum of two new musical instruments to deserving students. Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character.
Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2014-2015 school year. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.

Deadline to apply for Instruments for Young Lives is January 15, 2014. The application and complete criteria can be found atwww.epsmf.org

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In the 2013, Instruments for Young Lives program, presented a flute, trombone and a bass clarinet to students from Socorro High School, Jefferson High School and Canyon Hills Middle School respectively.  In 2012, we awarded a cello to a student from Silva Health Magnet High School, and a bassoon to a student from Clint High School.

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EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas—The El Paso Summer Music Festival is accepting applications to enter the 2014, Young Musicians’ Competition.
The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive a $2000 first prize and will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Potpourri Concert in the summer of 2014. Second place will receive $500, and third place $200.
The deadline for entering is January 30, 2014.
For information on how to enter go to the El Paso Summer Music Festival website; www.epsmf.org
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. In the 2012, competition pianist Georgia Smits, then a senior at Las Cruces High School (currently a freshman at Yale), was awarded First place.
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El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

TUNE INTO EPSMF
EL PASO SCENE - SEPTEMBER 2013 PERFORMING ARTS GUIDE

The El Paso Summer Music Festival launches its 10th Season!  The name of this non-profit organization implies a cluster of musical celebrations.  In fact, the El Paso Summer Music festival (EPSMF) was birthed out of a celebratory concert in honor of Michael Salzman and the inauguration of a piano scholarship in his name for the UTEP Music Department.  What has evolved is a group that celebrates the power of classical music. The festival is now a year-long flurry of activity supporting motivational youth programs fueled by the commitment of its volunteer board of directors.  Summer is the culmination of the season’s work through recognition, awards, performances, and outreach.

Clearly, the border community benefits from EPSMF’s programs. Recognition is given yearly to El Paso’s outstanding supporters of the Arts. The organization has awarded step-up instruments to eight young musicians since its inception. EPSMF has sponsored three consecutive years of music competitions that delivered cash awards to its winners.  Potpourri Concerts have been the signature summer events featuring local, national, and international musicians.  In 2009, EPSMF hosted NPR’s radio show From the Top, where El Pasoan, Natanya Washer, received the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir performed. The show put EPSMF and El Paso on national air waves. In June 2013, EPSMF hosted From the Top again at the Plaza Theatre with Wesley Yu, EPSMF’s first Competition winner, performing on violin.

The Competition for Young Musicians was crafted with high artistic standards. It is open to the public and invites musicians (ages 8 to 19) of instrument or voice to apply. Finalists are selected through an extensive application process to compete in recitals. The winner receives $2000 and the opportunity to perform in an EPSMF event.

The Instruments for Young Lives program is designed to assist talented classical instrumentalists (ages 8 to 18) with unmet financial need. Gifted instruments are one-time awards. Recipients become participants in EPSMF’s outreach and community leadership programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens pursuing their music education while demonstrating exceptional talent, academic achievement, and discipline.

Stay tuned into the El Paso Summer Music Festival!
More information and applications for EPSMF programs are available at www.epsmf.org.

EPSMF events are made possible with the support of the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission for the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

MAY 20, 2013
El Paso Summer Music Festival to bring Popular NPR Show From the Top
with host Christopher O’Riley to El Paso, Texas on June 1.
El Paso is the AUDIENCE!

EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTACTS:
NICK MILLER: 915-217-8606
LYNN PROVENZANO: 915-449-0619

Program Contact: Robin Allen LaPlante            
617-437-0707 x103, rlaplante@fromthetop.org

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on KTEP 88.5 comes to the Plaza Theatre to tape a radio broadcast on June 1 at 7:30 PM. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode will be presented by the El Paso Summer Music Festival.

The show will feature 16-year-old violinist Wesley Yu, a local student at Coronado High School, performing the Polonaise Brilliant No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4, by Henryk Wieniawski. Wesley is an outreach performer for the El Paso Summer Music Festival and in 2010, he was the Grand Prize-winner of the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Young Musician’s Competition. Outside of music, Wesley enjoys driving and learning about cars.

Also featured on the show will be 13-year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses from Culver City, California, and 17-year-old organist David von Behren from Falls City, Nebraska. Andrew and David are recipients of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a scholarship for exceptional young musicians with financial need. Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to help offset the often-prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Also performing will be 10-year-old harpist Lucy Sotak from Arvada, Colorado. Lucy is the 2011 Winner of the Junior Division of the American Harp Society National Competition. Finally, the show will feature The Jin Duo from Idyllwild Arts Academy in California performing Variations on a theme by Paganini for 2 pianos by Witold Lutoslawski. Coached by Nelms McElvain, the duo’s members are 17-year-old Julian Jenson from Hemet, California and 17-year-old Vuthithorn Chinthammit from Bangkok, Thailand.

Tickets are available now through the Plaza Theatre and Ticketmaster.  For information, call 915.449.0619 or visit www.epsmf.org. From the Top may be heard locally on KTEP 88.5 on Sundays at noon; this episode will air nationally the week of June 17.

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, "an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."

Annually, From the Top's live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.6 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people: unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts; trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives; and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.

From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.  From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.


The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.  www.epsmf.org  info: 915-449-0619

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.
      

MARCH 11, 2013
THE EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL HONORS JIMMY OLIVAS

For more information:
Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso– The El Paso Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce Jimmy Olivas as its 2013, Honoree of the Year.

Mr. Olivas is the owner of Olivas Music in El Paso. For more than thirty years his store has provided music essentials for all area elementary, middle and high school bands as well as local universities. A graduate of UTEP he was selected as the 2012, UTEP outstanding alum.

During the past three years he has been the major benefactor in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Instruments for Young Lives program. The program awards step up instruments free of charge to deserving young people with financial need.

Mr. Olivas is also a well-known musician playing primarily jazz. He is a native El Pasoan who has dedicated his life to music here in the borderland. The El Paso Summer Music Festival is proud to announce that Jimmy Olivas is the 2013, Honoree of the Year.

Mr. Olivas will be honored during an event in April, 2013, (time, place TBA).

Past honorees include Bruce Nehring, Mr. And Mrs. J.O. Stewart, Wilma Salzman, Ken and Beverly Jinkerson, Mary Ann Dodson, and Carol Johnson.

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

MARCH 11, 2013
SAVE THE DATE
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS NPR’S FROM THE TOP – JUNE 1, 7:30 PM.

For more information:
Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians on NPR and PBS, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley, returns to the El Paso Summer Music Festival on June 1st at the Plaza Theater to tape its radio program heard on KTEP 88.5 FM. As one of the most popular weekly radio programs on public radio, From the Top’s variety show format features performances and interviews with the nation’s top pre-collegiate classical musicians.

This is the second time the El Paso Summer Music Festival has brought From the Top to El Paso. In June 2009, From the Top taped a show which featured the El Paso Young Ladies Choir. Choir member Natanya Washer received a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award which she used to prepare for acceptance to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She is excelling in her studies there now.

From the Top is heard on more than 200 NPR stations coast-to-coast. Each year, From the Top visits approximately 20 communities to tape broadcasts and conduct education outreach programs that utilize the inspirational power of young musicians to motivate students and adults to engage in music and the arts. Performers are encouraged to explore ways in which they can connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities. From the Top annually awards twenty-five Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award scholarships to help deserving musicians make the most of their abundant potential. Since 2004, the program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and made a significant impact on its recipients.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival brings this event to El Paso. The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation

MARCH 11, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE INSTRUMENTS FROM the EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce the 2013, recipients of new instruments from its Instruments for Young Lives Program. These students have demonstrated musical and academic achievement, strong character and financial need. They will receive their instruments during the event for Mr. Jimmy Olivas to honor him for his many contributions the music scene in El Paso (time and date TBA).

This year’s instrument recipients are:
Roxanne Collier will receive a flute. She is an 18 year old senior at Socorro High School. Roxanne is a member of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra and also plays in her school’s marching, concert, symphony and pep bands. She also plays piccolo and guitar and has a passion for physics and engineering.

Joe Mexicano will receive a trombone. Joe is a sophomore at Jefferson High School. He plays for his high school’s honor band and wind ensemble and also plays piano. He would one day like to be a police officer. His biggest fan is his mother who never misses one of his concerts.

Isaac Rojas will receive a bass clarinet. Isaac is a 14 year old eighth grader at Canyon Hills Middle School. He has won all-region band honors for the past two years and hopes one day to play in a college band. He credits his mother and his tutor for his success saying, “they never lost faith in me.”

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The Instruments for Young Lives program is a partnership between The El Paso Summer Music Festival and longtime El Paso business Olivas Music.
The program is designed to assist talented young musicians with unmet financial need. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

December 20, 2012
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SEEKS YOUNG CLASSICAL MUSICIANS FOR NATIONAL RADIO SHOW

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas–On June1, 2013, The El Paso Summer Music Festival will bring the NPR radio show From the Top, back to El Paso. From the Top features excellent young classical musicians and gives them national exposure.

To help local musicians put their best foot forward, The El Paso Summer Music Festival will be facilitating auditions on Saturday, JANUARY 5, and Sunday, JANUARY 6, 2013, at the Fox Fine Arts center on the UTEP campus. Each applicant will receive a professionally produced CD to include in their application. The cost is $40.00 per person. Musicians should call Lynn Provenzano at 915-449-0619 to set up an appointment.

Audition entries are open to classical musicians, ages 8 to 18, who have not graduated from high school. Solo performers on all instruments as well as instrumental or vocal ensembles are encouraged to apply.

Application and scholarship information are available online at
www.fromthetop.org. Applications, including recorded auditions, are accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Submission deadline for the El Paso taping of "From the Top" is January 31, 2013.

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.


June 5, 2012
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL HOLDS MASTER CLASS FOR ASPIRING MUSICIANS

Lynn Provenzano  915-449-0619
Nick Miller  915-217-8606

El Paso…As part of its outreach to youth The El Paso Summer Music Festival is sponsoring a Master Class on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  The Master Class is designed to help young classical musicians sharpen their musical and organizational skills so they can be better prepared for applications, auditions and competitions.

The Master Class will be directed by Jeremy Mims and Melissa Loehnig who are professors of music at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  They are also the featured guest artists at the El Paso Summer Music Festival's 2012, Potpourri Concert.

What:  Master Class

When: Saturday, June 9, 2012
            9:00 am - 11:30 am

Where: Coronado High School Choir Room

Free to students and open to the public

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El Paso Summer Music Festival events have been made possible with the support of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

May 21,2012
EL PASO NATIVE TO HEADLINE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL POTPOURRI CONCERT

Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso– The El Paso Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce Jeremy Mims and Melissa Loehnig will be the featured artists at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s 2012 Potpourri Concert.

Dr. Mims is a pianist and a music educator at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where is also the conductor of the Walla Walla Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Eastwood High School in El Paso.

He will be joined on stage by pianist Melissa Loehnig, visiting assistant professor of music at Whitman College.

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Also appearing on the program will be Young Musicians’ Competition winner, Georgia Smits, other competition finalists, and the recipients of instruments through the Instruments for Young Lives program.

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Lastly, Bruce Nehring, long-time director of the Bruce Nehring Consort will be honored for his many years of contribution to the El Paso music scene.
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When: Friday, June 8 2012, 7:30 pm
Where: El Paso Museum of Art Auditorium
$15 Adults
$10 Seniors & Military
$ 5 Students
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

May 14, 2012
LAS CRUCES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS EL PASO CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION

Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso– The El Paso Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce pianist Georgia Smits the winner of the 2012 Young Musicians’ Competition. Georgia will receive a $2000.00 cash prize and will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s 2012, Potpourri Concert at 7:30 on June 8, 2012, at the El Paso Museum of Art.

Georgia is a 16 year old Junior at Las Cruces High School. She has been playing piano since she was five years-old and is currently studying under Dr. Esequiel Meza through the El Paso Conservatory of Music where she also studies voice. Georgia was chosen to participate in the New Mexico All-State Jazz band this past January and has recently been accepted to study piano this summer at the Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado. She has earned college credit at NMSU in advanced calculus, statistics, physics and intermediate Chinese.

She played selections by Debussy, Chopin and Morel at the competition on April 29, 2012, at University Presbyterian Church in El Paso.

Georgia is the daughter of Dr. Robert Smits and Dr. Tiziana Giorgi who are associate professors of mathematics at New Mexico State University.

Bass-baritone Juan Garza, a freshman music major at EPCC, won second place and will receive $500.00.

Soprano Lauren Lozano, a sophomore at Coronado High School, was third and will receive $200.00.

The Potpourri Concert will feature pianist (and El Paso native) Jeremy Mims and pianist Melissa Loehing.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Nick Miller

March 17, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE INSTRUMENTS FROM the EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606
www.epsmf.org

El Paso, Texas–Two students from two different El Paso County high schools will receive their own instruments through the Instruments for Young Lives program of the El Paso Summer Music Festival. These students have demonstrated musical and academic achievement, strong character and financial need. They will receive their instruments during the EPSMF Potpourri Concert in June 2012.
DIEGO DELGADO of Clint High School will receive a bassoon.
ANDREA SALAZAR of Silva Health Magnet High School will receive a cello.
The Instruments for Young Lives program is a partnership between The El Paso Summer Music Festival and longtime El Paso business Olivas Music.
The program is designed to assist talented young musicians with unmet financial need. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

March 17, 2012
SIX MUSICIANS SELECTED FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS' COMPETITION RECITAL

Contact: Lynn Provenzano (915-449-0619),
Nick Miller (915-217-8606)

El Paso, Texas -- The El Paso Summer Music Festival will hold the third Young Musicians' Competition Recital on April 29, 2012. The six finalists are:
Juan Garza, Bass-Baritone- El Paso Community College.
Jasmine Gomez, Violin- Americas High School
Lauren Lozano, Soprano- Coronado High School
Cruz Lujan, Acoustic Guitar- El Paso Community College
Joshua Saenz, Tenor- Franklin High School
Georgia Smits, Piano- Las Cruces High School

Application to the competition was open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice), ages 8 - 19. The finalists are eligible for the following prizes: 1st Place, $2000 and a performance at the El Paso Summer Music Festival Potpourri Concert in June 2012, 2nd Place, $500, 3rd Place, $200. The public is welcome to attend the competition recital. 
When: Sunday, April 29, 2012
2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Where: University Presbyterian Church
244 N. Resler
El Paso, Texas 79912
$10 donation at the door
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.
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January 13, 2012
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL’S THIRD
YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas—The El Paso Summer Music Festival is accepting applications to enter the 2012, Young Musicians’ Competition.
The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive a $2000 first prize and will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Potpourri Concert in the summer of 2012. Second place will receive $500, and third place $200.
***The deadline for entering is January 31, 2012***
For information on how to enter go to the El Paso Summer Music Festival website; www.epsmf.org
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months.
In the 2011, competition clarinetist Ismael Beltran, a freshman at UTEP was awarded Second place, (first place was not given). During the first Young Musicians’ Competition in 2010, the winner was Wesley Yu, then a pianist and student at Morehead Middle School in El Paso.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

January 13, 2012
HELP US **GIVE***FOR FREE*** QUALITY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO DESERVING STUDENTS
THE EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL’S SECOND INSTRUMENT GIVEAWAY

Contact: Lynn Provenzano 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival has partnered with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to sponsor the Instruments for Young Lives program. Instruments for Young Lives will award a minimum of two new musical instruments to deserving students.
Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character.
Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2012-2013 school year.
Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer
Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.
***New Deadline to apply for Instruments for Young Lives *** January 31, 2012***
The application and complete criteria can be found at www.epsmf.org

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In the first Instruments for Young Lives program in 2011, three students from Clint High School were awarded two trombones and one clarinet.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

December 2, 2011
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL’S THIRD
YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas—The El Paso Summer Music Festival is accepting applications to enter the 2012, Young Musicians’ Competition.
The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive a $2000 first prize and will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Potpourri Concert in the summer of 2012. Second place will receive $500, and third place $200.
***The deadline for entering is January 30, 2012***
For information on how to enter go to the El Paso Summer Music Festival website; www.epsmf.org
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. In the 2011, competition clarinetist Ismael Beltran, a freshman at UTEP was awarded Second place, (first place was not given). During the first Young Musicians’ Competition in 2010, the winner was Wesley Yu, a pianist and student at Morehead Middle School in El Paso.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Nick Miller

December 2, 2011
DEADLINE APPROACHING TO APPLY FOR EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL’S SECOND INSTRUMENT GIVEAWAY TO DESERVING STUDENTS

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival has partnered with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to sponsor the Instruments for Young Lives program. Instruments for Young Lives will award a minimum of two new musical instruments to deserving students. Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character.
Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2012-2013 school year. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.
***Deadline to apply for Instruments for Young Lives is*** December 15, 2011.
The application and complete criteria can be found at www.epsmf.org

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In the first Instruments for Young Lives program in 2011, three students from Clint High School were awarded two trombones and one clarinet.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Nick Miller

December 2, 2011
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL HONORS BRUCE NEHRING

For more information:
Lynn Provenzano-Guris 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso– The El Paso Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce Bruce Nehring as its 2012, Honoree of the Year.

For more than thirty five years Bruce Nehring has been making excellent music in El Paso. He founded El Paso Pro-Musica and served as its artistic director/conductor for fifteen seasons. During that time he started the innovative practice of performing in the Union Depot and various churches in El Paso and developed the largest following of choral and chamber music in the area.

In 1967, he arrived in El Paso to join the staff of the First Presbyterian Church as organist/director of music. He also developed a large program involving singers and instrumentalists from area high schools. This evolved into The Bruce Nehring Consort www.brucenehringconsort.org

He was organist/director of music at First Presbyterian Church in El Paso for ten years; director of the El Paso Boy Choir for three seasons; and founder/director of the El Paso Choir of the Southwest and El Paso Pro-Musica. He has served as organist/director of music at Ascension Lutheran Church, organist for the University Presbyterian Church, and seventeen years director of the Loretto Academy Chamber Choir in El Paso. He was organist/associate music director at Lovers Lane Methodist Church in Dallas, TX for eight years.

Bruce Nehring will be honored during the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s 2012, Potpourri Concert in June, 2012, (date to be announced). Past honorees include Mr. And Mrs. J.O. Stewart, Wilma Salzman, Ken and Beverly Jinkerson, Mary Ann Dodson, and Carol Johnson.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Nick Miller

October 7, 2011
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THIRD YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas—The El Paso Summer Music Festival is accepting applications to enter the 2012, Young Musicians’ Competition.
The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive a $2000 first prize and will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Potpourri Concert in the summer of 2012. Second place will receive $500, and third place $200.
The deadline for entering is January 30, 2012.
For information on how to enter go to the El Paso Summer Music Festival website; www.epsmf.org
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. In the 2011, competition clarinetist Ismael Beltran, a freshman at UTEP was awarded Second place, (first place was not given). During the first Young Musicians’ Competition in 2010, the winner was Wesley Yu, a pianist and student at Morehead Middle School in El Paso.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Nick Miller

October 7, 2011
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND OLIVAS MUSIC ANNOUNCE SECOND INSTRUMENT GIVEAWAY TO DESERVING STUDENTS

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris 915-449-0619
Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Summer Music Festival has partnered with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to sponsor the Instruments for Young Lives program. Instruments for Young Lives will award a minimum of two new musical instruments to deserving students. Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character.
Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2012-2013 school year. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s outreach and community leadership programs.
Deadline to apply for Instruments for Young Lives is December 15, 2011. The application and complete criteria can be found at www.epsmf.org

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In the first Instruments for Young Lives program in 2011, three students from Clint High School were awarded two trombones and one clarinet.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.
El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Nick Miller


May 26, 2011
LA CATRINA QUARTET RETURNS FOR THE EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL POTPOURRI CONCERT

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris (915-449-0619),
Nick Miller (915-217-8606)

El Paso, Texas -- Due to popular acclaim, for the second year in a for La Catrina String Quartet will headline the El Paso Summer Music Festival's Potpourri Concert. Currently faculty quartet-in-residence at New Mexico State University, La Catrina 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 concert goers while still attracting the next generation of listeners.

Also performing is mezzo soprano Orit Amy Eylon. Orit is Assistant Professor of Voice at UTEP and is a frequent performer with the El Paso Opera. Dr. Eylon has also performed extensively in Italy, Germany, United States and Hong Kong.

In addition, students from the Young Musicians' Competition and recipients of instruments from the Instruments for Young Lives Program will be recognized.

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011
7:30 PM

Where: Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
UTEP Campus

$15 Adults
$10 Military & Seniors
$5 Students

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.


April 8, 2011
CLINT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE FREE INSTRUMENTS FROM the EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris (915-449-0619),
Nick Miller (915-217-8606)

El Paso, Texas -- Three student from Clint High School are the recipients of their own instruments through the inaugural Instruments for Young Lives program. These students have demonstrated musical and academic achievement, strong character and financial need. All three students currently play with the Clint High School Band.

Lisandra Mendoza will receive a clarinet.
Lisandra is a sophomore at Clint High School and has been studying clarinet for five years.

Carlos A. Soto will receive a trombone.
Carlos is a freshman at Clint High School and has studied trombone for four years.

Alejandra Ruiz will receive a trombone.
Alejandra is a sophomore at Clint High School and has studied trombone for four years.

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. In 2010, the Festival sponsored the first Young Musicians' Competition. The winner was Wesley Yu, a pianist and student at Morehead Middle School in El Paso.

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

September 15, 2010
FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SECOND YOUNG MUSICIANS' COMPETITION

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris (915-449-0619),
Nick Miller (915-217-8606)

El Paso, Texas --- The El Paso Summer Music Festival is accepting entrants for the Festival's 2011 Young Musicians' Competition. The competition is open to classical musicians (all instruments and voice) ages 8 through 19. Six finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected from among the finalists. The winner will receive a $2000 first prize and will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival's Potpourri Concert in June, 2011. Second place will receive $500, and third place $200.

The deadline for entering is January 10, 2011. Finalists will be announced on February 13, 2011.

For more information and an application, visit our home page.

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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. In 2010, the Festival sponsored the first Young Musicians' Competition. The winner was Wesley Yu, a pianist and student at Morehead Middle School in El Paso.

September 15, 2010
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND OLIVAS MUSIC TO GIVE
NEW MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO DESERVING STUDENTS

Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris (915-449-0619),
Nick Miller (915-217-8606)

El Paso, Texas – The El Paso Summer Music Festival has partnered with long-time El Paso business Olivas Music to sponsor the Instruments for Young Lives program. Instruments for Young Lives will award a minimum of two new musical instruments to deserving students. Students will be selected on the basis of exceptional classical musical talent, unmet financial need, solid academic achievement, discipline in music education and strength of character.

Recipients must be from 8 to 18 years old, be U.S. citizens and not have entered college during the 2011-2012 school year. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Summer Music Festival's outreach and community leadership programs.

Deadline to apply for Instruments for Young Lives is December 15, 2010. Students selected will be notified on March 1, 2011. For complete criteria and the application, visit our home page.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland.

June 3, 2010
LA CATRINA QUARTET TO PERFORM IN EL PASO
Winners of Youth Competition will also perform

More information Nick Miller 915-217-8606
Lynn Provenzano Guris 915-449-0619

The El Paso Summer Music Festival www.epsmf.org announces the La Catrina String Quartet as the head liner in its Potpourri Concert on Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 PM in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center.
La Catrina is the faculty quartet-in-residence at New Mexico State University and regularly tours throughout the U.S. and Mexico. One of the most sought after ensembles on tour today, La Catrina’s unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously entertaining for its diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concert goers 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. http://www.lacatrinaquartet.com

Also performing are Australian concert pianist and El Paso Summer Music Festival Founder Louise Houghton and the top two finishers in the 2010 Young Musicians’ Competition.
Wesley Yu, piano (winner). Is 13 years old and in the eighth grade at El Paso’s Morehead Middle School.
Andrea Guevara, piano (honorable mention). Is from Juarez and is a freshman at UTEP.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 military and seniors, $5 students

May 15, 2010
13-YEAR-OLD WINS MUSIC COMPETITION

Information: Lynn Provenzano Guris 915-449-0619 Nick Miller 915-217-8606

El Paso, Texas—Morehead Middle School 8th grader Wesley Yu is the winner of the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s first Young Musicians’ Competition.
Wesley is a pianist who won over five other finalists in a series of concerts held from February through April at El Paso’s University Presbyterian Church. His excellent technique and musicality in performances of pieces by Bach, Chopin, Brahms and Prokofiev showed maturity beyond his years.
UTEP freshman, 18 year old pianist Andrea Guevara of Juarez, received honorable mention.
As the winner, Wesley will receive a $2000 prize. He and Andrea will perform at the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Potpourri concert on June 12, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. The featured artists at the concert are the La Catrina String Quartet and concert pianist Louise Houghton, founder of the Summer Music Festival.

BACKGROUND:
Wesley Yu is the son of Hanson Yu and Amelia Leung who is his piano teacher. Wesley also plays violin. He is 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 Archeology and often performs on piano and violin at churches, retirement communities and public libraries around El Paso. His other interests include action movies, cars, swimming and playing basketball with his friends.
Andrea Guevara is the daughter of Carmen Olmos of Juarez. Her primary teacher is Dr. Oscar Macchioni of UTEP. In 2009, she studied at the Stony Brook International Piano Festival in Stony Brook New York where she received a Superior Achievement Award. She enjoys spending time with her family.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non profit organization dedicated to providing quality live classical music to the El Paso community during the summer months. EPSMF events are presented with the support of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts.


April 13, 2010
MUSIC AND REFRESHMENTS TO HONOR A DESERVING EL PASOAN
The El Paso Summer Music Festival Honors Carol Johnson

Lynn Provenzano Guris 449-0619
Nick Miller 217-8606

April 13, 2010—The El Paso Summer Music Festival will honor El Pasoan Carol Johnson this week for her long commitment to and support of the arts.

The ‘Beautiful’ champagne and delights event will be Sunday, April 18, from 2 until 5 pm at 6029 Pinehurst in El Paso.

For the past 25 years Carol has worked to bring the finest in musical arts to El Paso. She has served on the boards of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Pro Musica where she started the New Music Concerts which lasted for ten years. She is also a member of the El Paso Pro Musica Guild and the Conductor’s Clubs of both the Symphony and Pro Musica. In addition, Carol commissioned two symphonies and a piece for string quartet.

She is on the Board of Directors of the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home and the War Eagles Museum. She has also taught yoga for twenty years and owns the ‘Yoga for Life’studio.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non profit organization that brings quality classical music to the Sun City during the summer months. In addition, the Festival is this year sponsoring its first Young Musicians’ Competition.

February 16, 2010
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ITS
INAUGURAL “2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION”

The El Paso Summer Music Festival launches…
its inaugural “YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION” in the El Paso Border Region. Submissions for the competition closed on January 11th. Applications were accepted from young musicians between the ages of 8 and 19 from El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez. A panel of judges has chosen 6 finalists and 2 alternates. Finalists are: Andrea Guevara (piano), Wesley Yu (piano), Mariana Sandoval-Diaz (vocalist), Jensine Caranto,(violin) Daniel Cheng Yu (piano), and James Blanchard (flute). Alternates are: Sergio Valdez (guitar) and So Yeon Hwang (piano).

The EPSMF 2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION winner will receive a $2000 Young Musician’s Award along with the opportunity to perform in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s June12, 2010 Potpourri Concert at the Fox Fine Arts Center.

The competition recitals are open to the public.  Dates: February 28th, April 11th and April 25th. Location: University Presbyterian Church at 244 N. Resler. Recitals will begin at 3PM. Each recital will feature 2 finalists. Tickets at the door. Adults $10 Students $5.

This competition follows the successful 2009 EPSMF Summer Season and the live-taping of NPR’s radio show From the Top. “There was a great deal of education in last year’s events. We would like to pass on what we learned from the From the Top experience and continue to serve the community by offering young musicians opportunities to excel in their achievements,” says Lynn Provenzano-Guris, EPSMF Board President. “There was also great joy in seeing an El Pasoan receive the Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award in 2009. This has inspired us to offer a competition and award to assist in the development of young musicians.” 

More information at www.epsmf.org or call Lynn Provenzano-Guris at 915-449-0619.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote a greater musical understanding in the border community through outreach, education, and celebration with musical offerings and emphasis on classical music during the summer months. EPSMF events are presented with the support of the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts.

January 29, 2010
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FINALISTS
FOR THE “2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION”

The El Paso Summer Music Festival announces…
the finalists for their first “YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION” in the El Paso Border Region. Submissions for the competition closed on Janaury 11th. Applications were accepted from young musicians between the ages of 8 and 19 from El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez. A panel of judges has chosen 6 finalists and 2 alternates. Finalists are: Andrea Guevara (piano), Wesley Yu (piano), Mariana Sandoval-Diaz (vocalist), Jensine Caranto,(violin) Daniel Cheng Yu (piano), and James Blanchard (flute). Alternates are: Sergio Valdez (guitar) and So Yeon Hwang (piano).

The EPSMF 2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION winner will receive a $2000 Young Musician’s Award along with the opportunity to perform in the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s June12, 2010 Potpourri Concert at the Fox Fine Arts Center.

The competition recitals are open to the public.  Dates: February 28th, April 11th and April 25th. Location: University Presbyterian Church at 244 N. Resler. Recitals will begin at 3PM. Each recital will feature 2 finalists. Tickets at the door. Adults $10 Students $5.

This competition follows the successful 2009 EPSMF Summer Season and the live-taping of NPR’s radio show From the Top. “There was a great deal of education in last year’s events. We would like to pass on what we learned from the From the Top experience and continue to serve the community by offering young musicians opportunities to excel in their achievements,” says Lynn Provenzano-Guris, EPSMF Board President. “There was also great joy in seeing an El Pasoan receive the Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award in 2009. This has inspired us to offer a competition and award to assist in the development of young musicians.” 

More information at www.epsmf.org or call Lynn Provenzano-Guris at 915-449-0619.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote a greater musical understanding in the border community through outreach, education, and celebration with musical offerings and emphasis on classical music during the summer months. EPSMF events are presented with the support of the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts.

December 6, 2009
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORS THE “2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION”

The El Paso Summer Music Festival announces…
the first of the “YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION” in the El Paso Border Region.
This event follows the successful 2009 Summer Season and the live-taping of NPR’s radio show From the Top. “There was a great deal of education in last year’s events. We would like to pass on what we learned from the From the Top experience and continue to serve the community by offering young musicians opportunities to excel in their achievements,” says Lynn Provenzano-Guris, EPSMF Board President. “There was also great joy in seeing an El Pasoan receive the Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award in 2009. This has inspired us to offer an award to assist in the development of the competition’s winner.” 

The EPSMF 2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION winner will receive a $2000 Young Musician’s Award along with the opportunity to perform in the
El Paso Summer Music Festival’s June 2010 concert.

The competition is open to the public and invites musicians between the ages of 8 and 19 (instrument and voice) to apply. Six finalists and two alternates will be chosen. The competition will take place over three recitals in late February and April. Applications must be submitted by January 11, 2010.

More information regarding the EPSMF 2010 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ COMPETITION and the APPLICATION can be found at www.epsmf.org or call Lynn Provenzano-Guris at 915-449-0619.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote a greater musical understanding in the border community through outreach, education, and celebration with musical offerings and emphasis on classical music during the summer months. EPSMF events are presented with the support of the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts.

October 1, 2009
EL PASO CHOIR FEATURED ON FROM THE TOP
SHOW BROADCASTS ON KTEP 88.5 FM OCTOBER 25

El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit public radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, From the Top is heard on nearly 250 stations nationwide and taped before live audiences around the country. Broadcast from the El Paso Summer Music Festival at the Plaza Theatre, the show airs on KTEP 88.5 FM at 12 pm Sunday, October 25.

The El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir has 20 members, ages 13 to 18.  Yvonne Marmolejo is the choir’s Music Director, and they are accompanied by Dr. Esequiel Meza. On the October 25 broadcast, the choir performs Ken Berg’s “Cantate Domino”. Choir member 17-year-old soprano Natanya Washer is highlighted as a recipient of From the Top’s $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and interviewed by O’Riley.

This special episode features four other Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipients to commemorate the milestone of From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation having awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to young musicians with financial need since 2005. Performers include a 17-year-old cellist from Atlanta, GA, a 15-year-old harpist from Camptonville, CA, a 17-year-old clarinetist from Arnold, MD, and a 16-year-old pianist from Westfield, IN.

The episode was recorded before a live audience on June 13, 2009 and will be available online at www.fromthetop.org after the broadcast.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary on the air, From the Top is a non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication, and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining public radio and PBS television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence, and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society. From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities.

From the Top is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.
From the Top on NPR is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.
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The El Paso Summer Music Festival sponsored the live-taping of From the Top at the Plaza Theater on June 13, 2009 with the support of the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts, as well as the El Paso Community Foundation.
The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote a greater musical understanding in the border community through outreach, education, and celebration with musical offerings and emphasis on classical music during the summer months. The EPSMF’s fifth season, Summer 2009, was a departure from past Potpourri programs in an effort to bring a quality event to the El Paso region that benefited young musicians and inspired the El Paso community on a grander scale. For more information, go to www.epsmf.org.

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For a complete listing of repertoire and performance photographs, please contact Erin Haran MacCurtain at emaccurtain@fromthetop.org or 617-437-0707 x117.
Please visit www.fromthetop.org for more information.

Music. It’s Powerful Stuff.

June 6, 2009
EPSMF Contact: Creative Kids Contact:  From the Top Contact:
Lynn Provenzano-GurisAndrea Ingle Erin Haran MacCurtain
915-449-0619                    915-533-9575617-437-0707 x117
lynnprog@aol.com                     andrea@creativekidsart.org  emaccurtain@fromthetop.org

JOIN THE PARTY!  POST-TAPING  RECEPTION FOR NPR’S  “FROM THE TOP”  AT THE OLO GALLERY ON JUNE13TH IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE  NPR’S LIVE TAPING AT THE PLAZA THEATRE. MEET THE   “FROM THE TOP” PERFORMERS AND CREATIVE KIDS’ LITTLE PICASSOS. CREATIVE KIDS ARTISTS WILL SHARE ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS DEDICATED TO PERFORMERS.

A reception for NPR’s From the Top will be held at Creative Kids OLO Gallery on June 13, 2009 from 9PM  to 11PM (immediately following the From the Top Live-Taping at the Plaza Theatre. This is an opportunity to meet From the Top performers and Creative Kids. Little Picasso artists and their artwork will be paired with From the Top young musicians to draw the artistic mediums together.  Hosted by the El Paso Summer Music Festival and Creative Kids. 

Creative Kids OLO Gallery is located in downtown El Paso’s Union Plaza District. 504 San Francisco Street. El Paso TX 79901 915-533-9575. www.creativekidsart.org

Tickets are available at the door. $20 per adult. Children are free. Early tickets and reservations. $15 per adult. Available through Creative Kids at the OLO Gallery or online at www.elpasosummermusicfestival.org. For information call: 915-449-0619

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ABOUT FROM THE TOP
From the Top is a non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence, and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society. From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.
From the Top on NPR is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.  From the Top radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.  More information at www.fromthetop.org.

WHO’s WHO IN THE LIVE-TAPING

The El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir has 20 members, ages 13 to 18.  Yvonne Marmolejo is the choir’s Music Director, and they are accompanied by Dr. Esequiel Meza. 

Natanya Washer (soprano), 17, is from El Paso and performs with the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir. She is a recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through
From the Top.

Matthew Dykeman (clarinet), 17, is from Arnold, Maryland. He is now a senior at the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSFA) near his hometown of Arnold, MD. He is a recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through From the Top.

Khari Joyner (cello), 17, of Atlanta, Georgia, is a product of the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program. She is a recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through
From the Top.

Sage Po (harp), 15, hails from Camptonville, CA. She is a recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through From the Top.
 
Jingxuan Zhang (piano), 16, was born in Beijing, China. His family moved to the US in 2001 and currently lives in Westfield, Indiana. He is a recipient of a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award through From the Top.

Christopher O’Riley (host/piano) Host of the NPR’s From the Top and concert pianist. He has redefined the possibilities of classical music through media, contemporary music and innovative programming. Mr. O’Riley performed at the Plaza Theatre for the El Paso Summer Music Festival in June 2008. He returns to the El Paso stage with From the Top for this live-taping.

Joanne Robinson (announcer) has performed and toured with several children’s theater companies and has worked on the production teams of two children’s television programs.

From the Top Salutes the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Celebrates $1 Million in Scholarships
From the Top’s partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has been one of the most transformative in their organization’s short history. Since the start of their partnership in 2005, they have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians, who despite financial barriers, strive to attain excellence in music and other areas of their lives. In addition to providing young artists with an opportunity to perform on From the Top’s national broadcasts, the $10,000 award helps to offset the often-prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Award recipients have used the scholarship for lessons, tuition at music camps, colleges, and conservatories, and to purchase new instruments. On June 13, 2009, they celebrate the $1 million milestone with this radio taping featuring five Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipients. From the Top is forever indebted to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for their support and the opportunity to change the lives of so many deserving young people. 

ABOUT CREATIVE KIDS

Creative Kids Inc., a 501(c)(3) a non-profit educational community-based art agency, is a constructive and effective response to the serious lack of arts education programs in the El Paso region.  The mission of Creative Kids is to promote and demonstrate the power of the arts through a varied array of cultural activities that collectively work as a significant force in the educational development of disadvantaged youth, foster children, children with disabilities, children battling cancer and other conditions of marginalization, including the challenges of addressing juvenile delinquency prevention.  Creative Kids strives to offer a holistic centered approach to the children in the program. More information at www.creativekidsart.org.

LITTLE PICASSOS is an early-access-to-art curriculum for young children, taught by a certified life specialist every Saturday. Kids at this developmental period are inquisitive, playful and love to learn through exploring, creating, and pretending. This innovative class gives them the opportunity to learn through art, rhythm, and movement.

ABOUT THE EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization celebrating its 5th summer season. The EPSMF’s mission is to promote a greater musical understanding in the border community through outreach, education, and celebration with musical offerings and emphasis on classical music during the summer months. Each year the El Paso Summer Music Festival honors a member of the El Paso
community for his or her untiring efforts, support, and dedication to the arts in El Paso. The organization currently operates under the umbrella of the El Paso Community Foundation. For more information, go to www.epsmf.org.

May 26, 2009
EPSMF Contact: Lynn Provenzano-Guris   Program Contact: Erin Haran MacCurtain
915-449-0619                          617-437-0707 x117
lynnprog@aol.com                                           emaccurtain@fromthetop.org

THE EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORS “FROM THE TOP,” NPR’S NATIONALLY RENOWNED RADIO SHOW, IN A LIVE TAPING WITH HOST, CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY, AT THE PLAZA THEATRE ON JUNE 13TH.

Five of the evening’s performers are recipients of From the Top’s $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation are proud to have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to young musicians with financial need since 2005. This radio taping celebrates the $1 million milestone.

Among the featured performers includes the 20-member El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies under the direction of Yvonne Marmolejo. One of the members of the choir, Natanya Washer, is one of the recipients of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. 

This program will broadcast nationally the week of October 19 and can be heard on El Paso’s KTEP 88.5 FM Sunday, October 25 at noon.

WHO’s WHO

The El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir has 20 members, ages 13 to 18.  Yvonne Marmolejo is the choir’s Music Director, and they are accompanied by Dr. Esequiel Meza.  The young singers of this choir have been in El Paso Opera productions of Suor Angelica, Aida, La Boheme, Tosca, and Carmen.  The girls choir has performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for Music Under the Stars and also in the last two EPSO Christmas Concert s.  In 2010, the Young Ladies Choir will travel to Europe to sing concerts in Paris, Rome, Salzburg and Vienna, as well as audition to compete in a worldwide choral competition.

Natanya Washer (soprano), 17, performing this evening with the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir was cast at the age of four into her first city musical theater production and has loved music ever since. She currently sings in the Coronado High School Varsity Choir, Coronado Thundersingers, and the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir in her hometown of El Paso, TX. She was selected to sing in the 2009 Texas Women’s All State Choir and was the first youth soloist to sing with the El Paso Symphony at “Music Under the Stars”. With her Young Artist Award, Natanya hopes to be the first in her family to attend a college outside of El Paso and become a professional opera singer.

Matthew Dykeman (clarinet), 17, was exposed to music at an early age by his mother who is a music teacher. He is now a senior at the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSFA) near his hometown of Arnold, MD where he studies with David Drosinos. Matthew sits as principal clarinet in the Chesapeake Youth Symphony and is a member of the BSFA Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. He also plays both clarinet and saxophone in his older brothers’ Indie rock band, Pläns Pläns. Matthew will use his Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award to purchase two new clarinets for when he attends Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the fall.

Khari Joyner (cello), 17, is a product of the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, which aims to open the door to opportunity and achievement at the highest level for promising young African American and Latino classical music students. A former principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Khari recently won the Junior Division of the 2009 Sphinx Competition. Currently a 12th grader at Atlanta’s Lakeside High School, Khari performs with his brothers, Amyr and Jarin, in the KAJ Trio, and studies music with Martha Gerschefski of Georgia State University. In association with Sphinx, he will perform with several major orchestras while attending the Juilliard School next year.  The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award will enable Khari to purchase a new cello.

Sage Po (harp), 15, hails from Camptonville, CA.  Along with formal instruction in piano, acting, composition, and voice, she has dedicated the last seven years to the harp, currently studying with Laura Porter, principal harpist of the Fresno Philharmonic. In addition to harp, Sage is a section leader in the Nevada County Children’s Chorus. Sage plans to use her Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award to study harp in France this summer, take master classes, and attend the American Harp Society Summer Institute and National Competition. Born in a yurt, Sage is an avid nature lover who enjoys barefoot hiking in her free time.

Jingxuan Zhang (piano), 16, was born in Beijing, China where he began taking piano lessons at the age of five.  His family moved to the US in 2001, when Jingxuan was eight years old, and settled in Westfield, IN a year later. He plays the string bass in the Carmel High School orchestra and studies music with Arnaldo Cohen at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. Through From the Top, Jingxuan recently received a Steinway piano courtesy of Rick Daigle. Now that he has a new piano, he plans to use his Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award on education, including tuition at the Jacob’s School of Music Precollege Program. When he’s not practicing, Jingxuan volunteers for the Key Club and likes to swim and read fantasy novels.

From the Top Salutes the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Celebrates $1 Million in Scholarships
From the Top’s partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has been one of the most transformative in their organization’s short history. Since the start of their partnership in 2005, they have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians, who despite financial barriers, strive to attain excellence in music and other areas of their lives. In addition to providing young artists with an opportunity to perform on From the Top’s national broadcasts, the $10,000 award helps to offset the often-prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Award recipients have used the scholarship for lessons, tuition at music camps, colleges, and conservatories, and to purchase new instruments. Cellist Nico Olarte-Hayes, who is now enrolled in the New England Conservatory/ Harvard University dual degree program said after receiving his award, “If you hear my name in the future, know that you would not have, had I been left without financial assistance for my education.”
On June 13, 2009, they celebrate the $1 million milestone with this radio taping featuring five Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipients. From the Top is forever indebted to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for their support and the opportunity to change the lives of so many deserving young people. 
TICKETS
Tickets are $15, $25, and $35. Military and dependent discount. Available through Ticketmaster and the Plaza Theatre Box Office.

POST-TAPING  RECEPTION
A reception will be held for the From the Top performers immediately following the taping at the Creative Kids OLO Gallery in Union Square, downtown El Paso. Creative Kids artists welcome the From the Top musicians and plan to share artistic expressions dedicated to performers. The public is welcome. Tickets are $20 at the door. $15 early reservations through www.epsmf.org.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival brings this event to El Paso with the support of the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission of the Arts, as well as the El Paso Community Foundation

For more information, contact Lynn Provenzano at (915) 449-0619 or go to www.epsmf.org

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ABOUT FROM THE TOP
From the Top is a non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence, and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.
From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.
From the Top on NPR is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.  From the Top radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner. 

April 9, 2009
EL PASO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS NPR’S FROM THE TOP  - JUNE 13
SHOW TO PRESENT NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP TO EL PASO SOPRANO

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians on NPR and PBS, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley, comes to the El Paso Summer Music Festival on June 13th at the Plaza Theater to tape its radio program heard on KTEP 88.5 FM. As one of the most popular weekly radio programs on public radio, From the Top’s variety show format features performances and interviews with the nation’s top pre-collegiate classical musicians.

The June 13th concert taping will feature performances from outstanding young artists from
El Paso and across the country. Performers are selected from a national pool of applicants and will include the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir under the direction of Yvonne Marmolejo, 17-year-old cellist Khari Joyner from Atlanta, GA, 15-year-old harpist Sage Po from Camptonville, CA, 17-year-old clarinet player Matthew Dykeman from Arnold, MD, and 16-year-old pianist Jingxuan Zhang from Westfield, IN. As part of this radio broadcast From the Top will award each of these musicians with its $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award scholarship. 17-year-old soprano Natanya Washer, a member of the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies, is among the musicians who will receive From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award during the June 13 concert event. Natanya and the other four recipients have each demonstrated high levels of artistic and academic achievement and financial need and have been chosen from a wide pool of applicants.

Natanya was cast at the age of four into her first city musical theater production and has loved music ever since.  She currently sings in the Coronado High School Varsity Choir, Coronado Thundersingers, and the El Paso Choral Society Young Ladies Choir.  As a junior, she is a two-year member of the Texas Music Teachers Association All-State Choir and was the first youth soloist to sing with the El Paso Symphony at “Music Under the Stars” at the Chamizal. She will use her scholarship to help support college tuition.

This show will broadcast nationally the week of October 19, 2009. SAVE THE JUNE 13th DATE for the live taping at the Plaza Theater! Tickets are available at the Plaza Theatre Box Office, at Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com , or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Reserved seating: $35, $25, and $15. Military and dependent discount. Due to the nature of this program, it is suggested that ages 8 and older attend.

From the Top is heard on more than 200 NPR stations coast-to-coast. Each year, From the Top visits 20 communities to tape broadcasts and conduct education outreach programs that utilize the inspirational power of young musicians to motivate students and adults to engage in music and the arts. Performers are encouraged to explore ways in which they can connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities. From the Top annually awards twenty-five Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award scholarships to help deserving musicians make the most of their abundant potential. Since 2004, the program has awarded $1 million in scholarships and made a significant impact on its recipients.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival brings this event to El Paso. For more information, contact Lynn Provenzano-Guris at (915) 449-0619.

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ABOUT FROM THE TOP
From the Top is a non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence, and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.

From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.

From the Top on NPR is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.  From the Top radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner. 


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