Nathan Black appointed Managing Director of EPYSO

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra (EPSYO) Board of Trustees and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) Board of Trustees announced Wednesday the appointment of Nathan Black as CEO of EPSYO.

We are very fortunate to have Nathan Black be part of our musical community and share his musical experiences and ideas to develop our youth orchestra program and enrich the lives of future generations of musicians.

Lorraine Huit, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EPYSO

Originally from the Washington DC area, Nathan moved to El Paso in 2010 to attend the University of Texas at El Paso. There, under the tutelage of Zuill Bailey and Lowell Graham, he completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in musical performance.

Since 2017, Nathan has been a section cellist at EPSO, conductor of the EPSYO Youth Symphony Ensemble and cello teacher at the El Paso Conservatory of Music.

He is also currently a dual-credit Orchestral and Music Appreciation Instructor at Burges High School in the El Paso Independent School District. He is a certified public school teacher in the state of Texas.

I am delighted to say that our organization will be run by our teachers, for our teachers. We will redesign youth orchestras to meet the needs of students in our region, so that membership in our organization becomes the norm for our students who are passionate about orchestras and music, not the exception. We are first and foremost teachers and this will be reflected in our work.

Nathan Black, Managing Director, EPYSO

Nathan Black replaces James Welsch who left in November 2021 to return home to be closer to his family and take over as Music Director and Symphony Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Nathan will take over as CEO of EPSO on May 1, 2022. In addition, he produces and hosts 88.5 FM KTEP’s “El Paso Symphony Orchestra Broadcast” and, from 2022, he is the resident speaker from EPSO’s ‘Opening Notes’ series.

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