About the El Paso Symphony Orchestra

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association is to assure that superior concert music is made available to entertain and educate the multicultural community of the greater El Paso region.

This mission is accomplished through presentation of special events, educational activities and outreach programs. The EPSOA season is anchored by 12 classical concerts. Special events serve as outreach toward new audiences. EPSOA reaches the younger audience through our annual Young People's Concerts featuring outstanding young musicians within the El Paso community. Patrons are invited to attend open dress rehearsals and backstage tours are available to teachers, students and other groups. Free tickets are given to low-income students and seniors.

The El Paso Symphony is currently celebrating it 88th season. Established in the 1930's, it is the oldest performing arts organization in El Paso and the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in the state of Texas. We are a non-profit organization. The El Paso Symphony has received both national and international recognition as a result of its very successful tours of Germany in 1996 and Turkey in 2000, and continues to represent the El Paso region with pride and distinction.

The symphony orchestra is considered the cornerstone of the arts in all communities. Artistic salaries paid to the orchestra are dollars which remain in El Paso. The EPSO contributes greatly to the cultural image and quality of life in El Paso, an important factor in attracting potential business to the city. Comprised of area musicians, the EPSO fulfills an important educational function within the El Paso community with local musicians as instructors in the public and private schools, the University of Texas at El Paso and through private lessons for students. The El Paso Symphony continues to be recognized for its superior artistic quality; bringing accolades to El Paso.

The El Paso Symphony views West Texas, southern New Mexico and northern Mexico as one community and continually strives to enhance the region's unique multi-cultural heritage through exceptional programming and exciting new talent.


Phone: (915) 532-3776
Fax: (915) 533-8162
Email: info@epso.org

Mailing Address:
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 180
El Paso, Texas 79942

Physical Address:
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Abraham Chavez Theatre
One Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, Texas 79901


Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Executive Director
Bohuslav Rattay, Music Director
James O. Welsch, Assistant Conductor   
Linda Fischer, Business Manager
Rosemary Flores, Operations Manager
Felisha Britton, Ticket Manager
Pam Kihnley, Director of Fund Development



Michael Montes


Anita Werner


Max Villaronga, Financial Development
Georgina Contreras, Finance and Administration
Joann Longoria, Marketing
A.C. Sanders, Audience Development
Marise Textor, Education & Community Engagement

Andres Sandoval, Artistic Advisement
Debbie Hand, Secretary
Elia del Carmen Mares, Member At-Large
Rana Kronfol, M.D., Member At-Large
Jeff Weikert, Member At-Large


Arlene Carroll


Ron Anderson
Rosalia Beltran
Jim Brewer
Tomas De Leon
Patrick Delhougne
Clay Doyle
Carlo Hatem, M.D.

William J. Holmes
Richard McCallum, M.D.
Alexandra Rodarte
Donald E. Thomas, Command Sgt. Maj.
Hector Villegas
Janet Wechter
Jeffrey Weikert
Sue Woo


Sylvia Blair


Mrs. Robert M. Graham, Sr.
Mrs. Marlene Stewart


Kerry Ellison, El Paso Symphony Foundation Chairman
Sue Woo, EPSYOs Chairman


PDF: EPSO Annual Report

El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department

Programs and artists are subject to change without notice. The El Paso Symphony is made possible with the support of the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.