6557 North Mesa Street El Paso TX United States 79912
El Paso Pro-Musica is one of the city’s most respected organizations. The El Paso Chamber Music Festival spans the entire month of January and receives national and international critical acclaim each year with a history of bringing artistic excellence to the border region. Education is key as chamber music and cultural development is promoted in the fine arts.
* El Paso Pro-Musica is the only professional chamber music organization serving El Paso, Las Cruces, Ciudad Juarez, and the surrounding region.
El Paso Pro-Musica was founded in 1977 by Bruce Nehring, its first Artistic Director. The inaugural concert was a performance of Handel's “Messiah” in December of that year. The following spring, El Paso Pro-Musica went on to present an ambitious series of four performances featuring Bach cantatas and instrumental compositions. 1978-79 marked the organizations first complete year of performances.
Over the years, El Paso Pro-Musica has established itself as one of the city's most respected organizations with a celebrated annual concert series and a history of bringing great music to our city and region. The El Paso Chamber Music Festival, co-founded by Bruce Nehring and Stephen Prutsman in 1990, brought internationally renowned musicians to El Paso . Under the leadership of Kwang-Wu Kim, Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica from 1993-2001, and now President of Longy conservatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Festival and the organization developed a national reputation for artistic excellence and innovation, aided in great part by live broadcasts each year of Festival concerts on National Public Radio.
In 2001, El Paso Pro-Musica celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary season and the beginning of a new chapter in its history with the appointment of Artistic Director, Zuill Bailey who comes to us with an education from the Juilliard School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory. He has an established career as a concert cellist and an international reputation as a musician.
There are many milestones ahead for El Paso Pro-Musica. Each concert season lifts the artistic bar to an even higher level.