El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future
We began with "Instruments for Young Lives"-- promising students are given the opportunity to compete for "step up " instruments to further their music education and to develop leadership skills during a 2 year commitment to give back to the community through ALPS (Ambassador Leadership Program). The absolute joy that these young people express at realizing that they now have their own instrument that they can use year-round is wonderful to see. Our "Competition for Young Musicians" is open to musicians ages 8-19. Finalists compete in a live recital open to the public. To date, we have awarded cash prizes to more than 20 young musicians. Our newest program is targeted to young composers – “OM/NI, Original Music/New Ideas” (Junior Division 9-16 and Emerging Composers 17-25.) We have solicited original scores for piano, flute and string competitions. Now, international in scope, we received applications from the US as well as Ukraine, Hong Kong, Israel, Turkey and Singapore. In development now, “POISE”, will offer refurbished, used instruments to young musicians to keep as their own. This is a time of discovery…of creating… of inspiring… of new ways of connecting and sharing with each other… especially through the power of music. We could not fulfill our promise to El Paso's young people without your help. Find out more about us at www.epsmf.org

Causes: Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Education

EPSMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and music organization, founded in 2005, working to provide El Pasoans and the border community a variety of classical musical events, youth dedicated programs, and community outreach.

Our name, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is a 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 is a non-profit organization working to give El Pasoans and the border community a variety of youth programs and musical events. Programs include the Competition for Young Musicians, the Instruments for Young Lives Program, the Ambassador Leadership Program for young musicians, and the OM/NI Competition (Original Music/New Ideas) for young composers.The annual summer series has evolved into competition performances and the presentation of new musical scores through the OM/NI program. EPSMF fills a niche in the world of music and in the border community that adds value to lives through the power of music.

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