The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Music Project is an after-school program that currently provides music learning and performance opportunities to students in elementary through middle school. Students enjoy weekly classes, bi-monthly visits to the El Paso Museum of Art, UTEP Career Days, out-of-town overnight trips to week-long Summer Music Camps, and tickets to each EPSO Classical Concert for themselves and their families. Students perform concerts at their home schools as well as various venues throughout the community and city including the Plaza and Chavez Theaters. Students are invited to participate in the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra under full scholarships.
Tocando Music Project launched in September 2013 at Hart Elementary in downtown El Paso. In 2017, the Feeder School Initiative, Tocando has expanded to Guillen Middle School. Tocando now has students from 3 schools in Bowie High School’s feeder pattern: Hart and Aoy Elementary and Guillen Middle School.
Tocando's mission is to empower children in challenging social and economic conditions to improve their sense of community and opportunity. Music is used as a vehicle for children to acquire valuable tools of teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and academic success.
Tocando is supported through the PlayUSA initiative of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.