The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is a new dba, established in the Spring of 2014 as a way to launch EPSMF in it's 10th anniversary into a clear and identifiable direction with its work in the community.
Originally founded as....
the El Paso Summer Music Festival, EPSMF has its origins in June 2005. The first concert grew out of a similar event the year before, a birthday memorial concert for Michael Salzman, and the inauguration of a piano scholarship in his name for the University of Texas at El Paso Music Department. The aim was to have an annual summer festival series featuring guest artists along with recognizing a prominent
El Pasoan integral to the Arts.
Today, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (still EPSMF) is a non-profit organization working to give El Pasoans and the border community a variety of classical musical events and outreach during the summer months. Honorees following Michael Salzman are J.O.,Jr. and Marlene Stewart (2006), Mary Ann Dodson (2007), Wilma Salzman (2008), Ken and Beverly Jinkerson (2009), Carol Johnson (2010), the El Paso Community (2011), Bruce Nehring (2012), Jimmy Olivas (2013), Melissa Colgin-Abeln (2014), Michael Salzman (2015) in a special anniversary tribute, Soccorro Diamonstein (2016), and Fay LaFon (2017).
Summer events have included the Annual Concert and events featuring acclaimed artists, such as international harpist, Grace Cloutier, concert pianist, Christopher O’Riley, and acclaimed local artists, such as the Mesa Street Trio and flutist, Melissa Colgen-Abeln. In June 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 before a live
El Paso audience. The show aired in October 2009 putting the EPSMF and El Paso on national air waves. La Catrina Quartet wowed the 2010 and 2011 audiences. In the 2012 season, Jeremy Mims returned home to El Paso with Melissa Loehnig for a fabulous four-hands piano performance at the El Paso Museum of Art. EPSMF has been to Carnegie Weill Hall in 2014 with Grace Cloutier and Friends returning to El Paso with a representation of this concert and came "Full Circle" in the Summer 2015 Concert with Natanya Washer singing with Brian Asawa, famed countertenor. The EPSMF hosted From the Top a second time in a live-taping at the Plaza Theatre on June 1, 2013. EPSMF hosted "From the Top" again in 2016 on June 4th at the Plaza Theatre.
Community Outreach has developed new partnerships in the community where music adds insight, education, or comfort to lives. Past activities have reached out to hospice, assisted living facilities, childrens’ homes, and several arms of the El Paso Del Norte YWCA, and ocal schools. EPSMF strives to reach a greater number of people of all ages in the community each year and collaborates with the UTEP Music Department and the El Paso Musuem of Art.
Reaching further….EPSMF continues to support the arts and community through its programs and by offering master classes on general musicianship and workshops to assist students in preparation for auditions, scholarships, performance, and competitions.
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.
COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
Launched in 2010, the EPSMF Young Musicians’ Competition was crafted with artistic standards inspired by the From the Top team (2009) when EPSMF hosted their live-taping in El Paso. This competition 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 and audition process to compete in recitals during the spring months. The winner receives a cash award and the opportunity to perform in the EPSMF’s Summer Concert. Second and third place positions were added to the competition in 2011 along with cash awards. Talent varies in yearly competitions. The judges reserve the right to make the appropriate awards based on musical competency and standards of performance.
The live taping of “From the Top” in June 2013 was hosted in lieu of the Young Musicians’ Competition. EPSMF facilitated auditions as a service to young musicians in the El Paso region.The competition resumed in 2014.
INSTRUMENTS FOR YOUNG LIVES
EPSMF is committed to inspiring the community in music and education. EPSMF strives to reach young people with potential, commitment to their natural gifts, and musical aptitudes. The Instruments for Young Lives program is designed to assist talented young musicians with unmet financial need. A minimum of 2 students are selected to receive a new musical instrument to support their talent and music education. The musical instruments gifted through the Instruments for Young Lives program are one-time awards to recipients. Recipients become participants in EPSMF outreach and community leadership programs.
Eligibility is limited to classical instrumentalists (ages 8 thru 18) who have not yet entered college during the academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be interested in pursuing their music education along with performing community outreach. They must demonstrate exceptional musical talent, unmet financial need, academic achievement, discipline in their music education, and strength of character.
AMBASSADOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (ALPs)
EPSMF supports the current generation of dedicated young musicians as they become future leaders in their communities through leadership activities, outreach, education, and empowerment. ALP participants are encourages to reach out and inspire their communities with their music, as well as participate in larger, organized outreach actiiteis and educational collaborations.
OM/NI -Original Music/New Ideas
EPSMF recognizes the need for young composers to have an avenue to present their their works. Launched nationally in September 2017, the OM/NI Competition fills this need with two divisions: Junior Composers (ages 9-16) and Emerging Composers (ages 17-25). The premier competition calls for scores in solo piano and the program offers cash awards to the top three entries in each category along with an Audience Choice Award. Finalists will be featured in a Compostions Showcase and published in an OM/NI Works Compilations.
EPSMF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lynn Provenzano, President
Stephen Jackson, Vice-President
Ellen Goodman, Secretary
Melissa Colgin Abeln
Nick Miller - Ex Officio
Ken Wells - Ex Officio
Patricia Graham - Ex Officio
EPSMF EVENTS HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE
CITY OF EL PASO MUSEUMS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT COMES FROM THE EL PASO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
AND INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND.