El Paso Symphony’s after-school Tocando Music Project receives cello cases for students

Posted on: May 23, 2022

“The Great Khalid Foundation gave students of the Tocando Music Project brand new, top-of-the-line cello cases,” reports Fallon Fischer in Wednesday’s (5/18) KFOX 14 (El Paso, TX). “The Tocando Music Project is an El Paso Symphony Orchestra after-school music program for second through eighth-grade students in Segundo Barrio and Tornillo, Texas. The donation of 25 cello cases will enable Tocando students in Segundo Barrio to bring their instruments home and to their site in Tornillo, which will be expanded from a violin ensemble to a full-string orchestra, according to a news release from the Tocando Music Project…. ‘I’m just so grateful and proud of these kids. These young people really show up and their families sacrifice a lot to make sure they can attend all of these concerts, we work with them six to eight hours a week and they are there,’ said Jessie O’Hara Maestas, director of Tocando Programs. Tocando students will perform at the season finale concerts of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra … on Sunday…. Tocando is supported by the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.”