Tocando offers intensive music study on string instruments through orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, piano, choir, and music fundamentals classes. Participating students also receive a daily nutritious snack, weekly academic support, field trips to cultural events and concerts, and opportunities to perform in the community.
Tocando Music Project was honored with the Manhattan Institute 2020 Civil Society Awards.
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.
In January 2020 Tocando expanded to Tornillo, Texas to serve 2nd-5th grade students. Tornillo students will enjoy all that the Tocando program offers.