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.

  • No previous jazz experience required!

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



  • More details coming soon! We are hoping to meet in person at UTEP and will be monitoring health guidelines closely to confirm.



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

  • July 1, 7pm MST El Paso Jazz Girls LIVE Concert! Invite your friends and family to hear participants' compositions and performances live. More details coming soon.



  • 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 - https://forms.gle/vKZWKCUnzkxDNUzG9

  • 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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Lindsay Vasko

Lindsay Vasko is a percussionist and educator currently based in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she serves as the Director of Percussion at Dobyns-Bennett High School. Lindsay co-founded the experimental percussion duo TV Percussion which is committed to expanding percussion repertoire by commissioning and premiering new works. She has performed at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar and the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. She has been a proud member of the Vic Firth/Zildjian Education team since 2019.


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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdgAMR4uh-ixYubC_6o2IUw 


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 www.caixatrio.com

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.

Grace Ward

Grace Ward is a fantastic guitarist, bassist, and vocalist who is one of the 7 girls who has made Texas All-State Jazz Band! She is joining us from Austin to teach at El Paso Jazz Girls and brings a wealth of knowledge for improvised music. Check out her album with duo Houndsteeth at https://houndsteeeth.bandcamp.com/album/stain-your-tongue

Amanda Ekery

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

Learn more at www.amandaekery.com


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.