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EPJG Composers 2022!

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  • Learn about theory and improvisation, and compose, arrange, and record your own music!

  • Taught by professional female musicians from El Paso

  • Meet other girls from El Paso to create a support system for auditions and beyond!



  • Open to students going into 7-12th grade AND recently graduated seniors who identify as female*

  • *We use an inclusive definition of "female" and "girls" and welcome trans girls, as well as genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students.

  • No previous jazz experience required!

  • Open to ALL instruments and vocalists!! If you play tuba, cello, flute, violin - literally anything, you are welcome!!





  • June 27- 30, 9:00am - 4:00pm MST & July 1, 9:00am - 1pm MST 

  • July 1, 6pm MST El Paso Jazz Girls LIVE & FIVE Concert! Invite your friends and family to hear participants' compositions and performances live. Concert will be at Young Women's Leadership Academy.



  • Our goal is to increase the number of girls in jazz

  • Did you know that in the last decade only 7 girls have made Texas All-State Jazz Band? Did you know since its inception in 1987, Jazz at Lincoln Center has had zero female band members? That’s crazy!

  • Our program is fun, supportive, and costs nothing!

  • Just bring your instrument and lunch



  • Click here to sign up -

  • Have questions? Send us an email!

  • If you need assistance with equipment, instrument, lunch – please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Meet The Teaching Artists

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Beau Tredway

Beau Tredway has been an avid jazz appreciator for years. She played jazz piano all through high school and currently attends UNT pursuing a jazz arranging major with a vocal specification. She loves to write, arrange, record, and play music with friends, and has started releasing songs under the alias Cosmonaut Beau. She’s thrilled to help with EPJG this year, and hopes these students will have a positive experience


Chantal Camus

Chantal Camus is a bassist, vocalist, and composer from El Paso, Texas, currently living in New York City. She is studying Jazz Performance at The New School as a double bassist. Has been an alumna at El Paso Jazz Girls, Jazz House Kids, and El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble. Recently, she has been songwriting and releasing music of her own in all music platforms. 

Check out her music and vlogs through: 


Joyce Hsu

Dr. Joyce Hsu is an in-demand trombonist, clinician, and teacher. A Native of Taiwan, she earned her BFA from National Taiwan University of Arts, her Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State, and her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Texas Tech University. She is currently a freelance trombonist, teacher, and Assistant Director of the El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble.

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Amy Smith

Amy Smith is a nationally recognized performer and educator. As a member of the percussion group, Caixa Trio she has performed in France, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil. Amy was the national winner of the 1996 MTNA Collegiate Percussion Competition and a member of the 1994 Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Learn more at

Stephanie Munoz

Stephanie Munoz, an El Paso native, is a phenomenal saxophonist and teaching artist. She currently teaches for the Boston Public School District, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and is passionate about sharing music.


Monica Gutierrez

Monica is a fantastic vocalist and educator and veteran El Paso jazz artist. She regularly performs throughout El Paso and Las Cruses and is an in-demand studio musician for various projects in the area. Monica is a graduate of UTEP and currently the choir director at Riverside High School and has earned the Ysleta School District Excellence Award for her years of service to music education.


Amanda Ekery

Amanda Ekery is a pianist/vocalist/composer/ flutist living in New York City. She holds two degrees in Jazz Performance, performs worldwide, and works with Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The New School University for Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Learn more at


Erika Madrid

Erika Madrid, El Paso born and raised, I’m a Bel Air graduate. I currently study Music Education at the University of Texas at El Paso as a saxophone player. I currently help out with the Ysleta high school marching band to show the students all about marching and music! 

Erika is an El Paso Jazz Girls alumna.

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