Ruth Ellen Jacobson
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
El Paso, TX
Ruth Ellen Jacobson is the executive director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) and founder of its Tocando Music Project, which aims to empower children growing up in challenging social and economic conditions in and near El Paso, Texas, to transform their lives through music. Founded in 2013 in El Segundo Barrio, El Paso’s historic Hispanic district, Tocando’s immersive music education provides its students, many of them children of first- and second-generation immigrants, with a strong sense of community, opportunities to build life skills, and the tools and confidence needed to achieve academic
The El Paso Symphony is the longest continuously running symphony in the state of Texas.
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