he El Paso Summer Music Festival (EPSMF) is pleased to announce its 2014 HONOREE, MELISSA COLGIN ABELN. Each year EPSMF honors and celebrates an outstanding person who has been integral to the support and continuation of the arts in El Paso and the surrounding area.
Melissa Colgin Abeln was one of the original founders of the El Paso Summer Music Festival. In celebration of the organizationís 10th anniversary, Dr. Colgin Ablen has been recognized for her founding inspiration and continued participation in the education and growth of music education in the El Paso community. Locally, Dr. Colginís outreach extends to the public schools by way of master classes and clinics for the Texas All-Region/Area/State program, as well as visits to elementary and middle schools for informal music demonstrations. With former students, she facilitated the founding of the El Paso Flute Club (2010), which serves to promote music education through periodic activities and an annual Flute Festival.
The community has seen many of Dr. Colginís students move on to become teachers within the border region. She has been sought out as a role model and instructor and is currently an Associate Professor of flute and music literature at The University of Texas at El Paso and the principal flutist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
Her education includes the BM degree from the University of Alabama, MM and DMA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, one year of private study in Paris, France, and a summer fellowship with the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers include Sheryl Cohen, Raymond Guiot, Torkil Bye, Karl Kraber, and Bernard Goldberg. Previous positions include the Sinfonica Orquesta Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. Beyond numerous solo/chamber music appearances in the US and Mexico over three decades, Melissa has performed in France, Norway, Austria, Germany and Turkey. She has published articles for the journals of the National Flute Association, the Marcel Moyse Society, and Flute Talk. Her most recent research topic, The Memory Map (for music), has led to invitations to lecture at multiple universities and the National Flute Associationís annual conventions. In 2011, a collaboration with Rebecca Payne Shockley, whose work on mapping music for piano dates from 1980, resulted in presentations at the International Society of Music Education (Greece 2012) as well as conferences for the College Music Society (2012), Music Teachersí National Association (2013), and Texas Music Educators Association (2014).
Melissa Colgin Abeln will be recognized as the EPMSF 2014 Honoree during the annual Honoree Event on May 1, 2014 at the Magic Bistro on Doniphan Drive in the Upper Valley.
This event will also include the Instruments for Young Lives Awards (IYL), a program designed to support music students who demonstrate academic and musical excellence along with unmet financial need.