Praised by Yo-Yo Ma as “wonderful ambassadors for music,” the Mexican-American La Catrina String Quartet was founded in 2001 and takes its name from a popular Mexican folk icon.

One of the most unique chamber ensembles on tour today, their blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proven enormously attractive to diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concertgoers while stimulating the next generation of listeners. Their infectious personalities infuse their playing, creating truly compelling performances. The La Catrina Quartet has a triple mission: to promote Mexican and Latin-American art music worldwide, to work closely with composers in order to promote the performance of new music, and to perform the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.

Recent concert engagements have taken the La Catrina Quartet to New York City (Merkin Hall, where they made their début in 2010), Washington DC, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, La Jolla, and many other cities. In 2007, the quartet was featured as one of the “next generation of classical stars” in a showcase performance at Carnegie Hall for hundreds of concert promoters from the around the world, having been selected through the highly competitive “Young Performers Career Advancement” Program.

The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Mexico is known more for its mariachis than its string quartets, but the La Catrina Quartet [is helping] change some assumptions . . . youthful energy and mature artistry.”

The La Catrina Quartet has received many important awards, including the Bascom Little Fund Grant, the North Carolina Arts Council cARTwheels 2009 and 2010 touring program, and Western Michigan University’s All University Research and Creative Scholar Award. They have premiered works by composers Thomas Janson and John Ferrito at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, and by Zae Munn at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

The Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, the
La Catrina Quartet has also held residencies with the Western Piedmont Symphony
in  North Carolina, the Chamber Music Festival of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (where they collaborated with the Brentano and Miami Quartets), and the Kent Blossom Music Festival, among others. www.lacatrinaquartet.com

ORIT EYLON,  mezzo soprano, is an Assistant Professor of Voice and received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MM and BM degrees from Indiana University.  In 2005, Dr. Eylon was invited by the University of Texas at El Paso as a visiting assistant professor of voice, pedagogy and voice class. Since her relocation, Dr. Eylon has become a frequent performer with the El Paso Opera. The roles she performed with EPO include Antonia's Mother in Tales of Hoffmann, Flora in La Traviata  and Zelatrice in Suor Angelica among others. Her Flora was considered to be “a first-rate contribution to the success of La Traviata” by the El Paso Times in October of 2006. Other operatic roles performed include First and Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Antigonae in Carl Orff’s Antigonae, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Larina in Eugene Onegin, and Arnalta in Coronation of Poppea. Abroad, Dr. Eylon performed the leading roles of Countess in Marriage of Figaro and Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito with the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria and served as faculty for the 2006 program. Additionally, she has performed extensively as a recitalist in Italy and Germany and was invited to present and perform at the Academy of the Performing Arts (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong University in the fall of 2007.

Dr. Eylon is regular guest soloist at St. Mark's Methodist church, the B'nai Zion Synagogue, and the Bruce Nehring consort, she performed several works including Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. She is also a demo CD recording artist for publishing companies. Her excellence in teaching and contributions to the local community has recently been featured in a local bi-lingual publication, the Minero.  Additionally, she is a sought-after judge for UIL (University Interscholastic League), TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) as well as solo and ensemble contests in New Mexico and Texas. Orit is the president of the Rio Grande Chapter of NATS and just hosted and was auditions chair for the chapter's regional competition that was held at UTEP in February 2010.

MARGARET HAGEDORN, pianist, coach accompanist, chamber musician, and organist.  Since moving to El Paso in 2003 she has taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and worked as a liturgical musician.  Dr. Hagedorn enjoys collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists at both  student and professional levels.  She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University.  Her all-consuming career is raising five children with husband Eric.


In previous years, the El Paso Summer Music Festival has recognized honorees with gratitude for their generosity, largess, and big hearts. These persons are pillars in our community and will continue to be honored. Their impact in the arts and to the lives of many is invaluable. Yet, this year, in the uncertain times of busy lives and stretched wallets, we have learned that contribution comes in many forms. It comes from resources that are often overlooked.

So, in 2011, the El Paso Summer Music Festival has chosen to
honor a special group of supporters.


... the patron that has been the first to buy tickets and attend each year's performance

... the teacher that cried for joy when her students received EPSMF awards

... the teachers guiding their students through the application processes in our programs

... the parents who have encouraged their children to pursue their music and participate
   in our programs and the community

... the business owner who partners with our non-profit organization

… the individuals who have stepped up to guide EPSMF through new endeavors

... the community members who have opened their homes and hearts to support a small
   organization  working to make a big difference in others' lives through music.

…the individuals who have taken extra measures and time to support  and participate in
  our outreach programs

... every member of our audiences, past and present

We love the arts. We love music. We want to see the arts thrive.
We’ve found support in the smallest and biggest of honorable ways through all of you.

May you always have music in your hearts.


ISMAEL BELTRAN, clarinet. Second Place $500 Winner in the 2011 Young Musicians’ Competition. Ismael Beltran is a 2010 graduate of Clint High School. He has been a band member since sixth grade in middle school. His passions for music and skills as a clarinetist have grown since then. He credits this to unimaginably hard work and remarkable teachers. He has a history as a participant in UIL competitions as well as State for All-Region, Solo and Ensemble.  He continues his music as a member of the Symphony Band and the Marching Miners at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Although he is not a music major, he believes that music has been a great teacher. He will gratefully continue to carry an astonishing passion for music in his life.

JOSHUA SAENZ, tenor. $100 Encouragement Award in the  2011 Young Musicians’ Competition. Joshua Saenz is a sophomore at Franklin High School and a native El Pasoan. He has been studying his primary instrument, guitar, for 4 years, and has additional experience playing bass, drums, and trombone. He is also a tenor and explores many types of singing styles, including classical repertoire. He was strongly influence by his grandfather, a multi-skilled musician. Since his grandfather’s passing, he has started composing his own music and has since formed the band named “Skyscrapers”. The band plays a mixture of a very complex groove-oriented, modern type of metal, blended with some hardcore, alternative, and even some salsa vibe. In late summer of 2009, the band entered into a professional recording with the Sonic Ranch studio. Their first EP was a self-titled album of five songs. The band has performed at KLAQ’s “Locofest” (October 2009) and at the “Balloonfest” (May 2010). They continue to perform in local venues. Academically, Joshua has sung with the Franklin High School Choir as well as in solo and ensemble performances (Spring 2010) where he received high recognition. He has also performed in the 2009 “Jazz Guitar Festival”at Coronado High School where he received high recognition for2 ensembles.

LISANDRA MENDOZA, clarinet.  Instruments for Young Lives award recipient.
Lisandra is a sophomore and honor roll student at Clint High School. She has studied clarinet for five years.  She was chosen for the All Region Band in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Her goal is to make the All-State Band.
ALEJANDRA RUIZ, trombone. Instruments for Young Lives award recipient. Alejandra is a sophomore  and honor roll student at Clint High School. She has studied trombone for four years. She has received All Region trophies in 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and played with the 2009-2010 All Region Band. She hopes to make the All-State Band.

CARLOS A. SOTO, trombone. Instruments for Young Lives award recipient. Carlos is a freshman and an “A” honor student at Clint High School and has studied trombone for four years. He has participated in the All Region Band and All Region Jazz Band



…for continued partnership in bringing music and art
together through the gifts of children.

Creative Kids Artist:
Zaby (age 17)

This painting was also featured along with
three other paintings in the 2010 season.

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM


Ismael Beltran, clarinet
Joshua Saenz, tenor

Alejandra Ruiz, clarinet
Calos Soto, trombone
Lisandra Mendoza, trombone

John Corigliano (b. 1938)
From Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Songs by Bob Dylan

Prelude : Mr Tambourine Man
Clothes Line
Blowin' in the Wind
All Along the Watchtower
Chimes of Freedom
Postlude: Forever Young

ORIT AMY EYLON, mezzo-soprano
             MARGARET HAGEDORN, piano            

Joaquin  Gutiérrez Héras (b. 1927)
String Quartet No. 1

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

Bruce Adolf
Piano Puzzler


Piano Puzzler

Astor Piazzolla  (1921 – 1992)
                            Tango Ballet                              
Erwin SchulhoffString Quartet No. 1

   I. Presto con fuoco
   II. Allegretto con moto e con malinconia grotesca
   III. Allegro giocoso alla slovacca    IV. Andante molto sostenuto

Eduardo Gamboa  (b. 1960)
Daniel Vega-Albela, 1st violin 
Blake Espy, 2nd violinJorge Martinez , viola 
César Bourguet, cello
2010 - 2011 Season