EPJG Composers 2021!

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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! 



  • June 21-25, Times coming soon!

  • June 26 is El Paso Jazz Girls LIVE online! Invite your friends and family to hear participants' compositions and performances live at facebook.com/epjazzgirls 



  • 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



  • Google form sign up coming soon!

  • Have questions? Send us an email!

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

Meet The Teaching Artists


Hannah Grantham

Hannah Grantham is the Curatorial Assistant for Music and the Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. She studied musicology, jazz, and organology and her research interests center on women in jazz and the roles they had in developing American music. She also enjoys learning about numerous other genres from around the world and spotlighting the music of her home state, North Carolina.

Cassie Cardenas

Cassie Cardenas is a powerhouse trombonist. She teaches at several schools in El Paso including Hanks and Desert View, in addition to playing in the Eklectic Jazz Group and the El Paso Wind Symphony.

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.

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.

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