Music Skills Faculty

Yvonne Marmolejo

Diction and Repertoire

Yvonne Marmolejo began her career at the age of 18, singing the role of Cio Cio San in an El Paso Civic Opera production of Madama Butterfly.  Her travels led her to performances throughout Argentina, Northern Mexico, Syria and Spain.  Today, El Paso audiences have acclaimed her performances with El Paso Opera, including the title role in the company's 1994 premiere performance of Tosca.  El Paso Opera welcomed her back as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Micaela in Carmen and Liu in Turandot.  Most recently, she performed the role of Musetta with El Paso Opera.  Opera New stated that "Yvonne reveled in the lyricism of Micaela's music".  Some of her other roles include Mimi, Countess Almaviva, Susanna, Violetta and Santuzza.  El Paso audiences have also heard her performances with the El Paso Symphony, El Paso Chorale and El Paso Zarzuela.  Around her busy teaching schedule she has performed in recitals including performances at the Dallas Meyerson Symphony Hall and the Houston Opera Wortham Theatre.

Ms. Marmolejo, a past 10 year faculty member at El Paso Community College, was the Music Director of VIVA El Paso for seven years, and has been the music theater teacher at St. Joseph's School for 15 years.  Ms. Marmolejo also was conductor and board member of the El Paso Youth Choir for two years, and in 2005 began as Music Director and Conductor of the El Paso Choral Society Youth Choirs.  Her choirs perform regularly with the El Paso Symphony and El Paso Opera.  This year they will perform with the American Boys Choir.

Ms. Marmolejo has a B.M. and M.M. in voice from the University of Texas at El Paso and doctoral work at the University of North Texas.

Prentice Loftin

Sightreading and Conducting

J. Prentice Loftin has been changing the music scene in El Paso since returning to his home-town in 1981.  During his eleven years as Director of Choirs and Assistant Professor of Voice at UTEP, his choirs won international performance awards in Europe on three separate occasions.  His private voice students have been heard on the world's greatest stages including The Met, Chicago Lyric and San Francisco Opera. As a musician, Mr. Loftin began his career as a singer, performing many of the lyric tenor operatic and oratorio roles.

In 1993, Prentice Loftin and a new board of directors formed El Paso Opera, now in its thirteenth season.  As General Director, he guided the new arts organization to the forefront of the El Paso Arts Music scene.  His productions have gained an excellent reputation around the U.S., being favorably reviewed by Opera News many times.  In the same year, 1993, he became the Music Director and Conductor of the El Paso Chorale, and the 24 voice professional singing ensemble, the El Paso Chamber Choir. His organization performs regularly with the El Paso Symphony, El Paso Opera, as well as recent performances with the Chihuahua Symphony, Flickinger Center and Zarzuela El Paso.  Each year the Chorale organization and youth choirs perform the popular Christmas Concerts at the Union Depot.

Mr. Loftin has a B.M. from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Master of Church Music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and doctoral work in voice at the University of North Texas and doctoral work in conducting at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  In 2004, Mr. Loftin and his wife Yvonne organized and began the El Paso Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Ezequiel Meza

Piano, Organ and Coaching

Zeke Meza holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance and Organ (secondary) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Bachelor of Music from Sam Houston State University. From 1997-2000, Dr. Meza was a postdoctoral visiting artist scholar at Indiana University.  His areas  of specialization and training include fine arts administration, vocal/instrumental coaching, chamber music, piano literature and Spanish literature.  Zeke Meza’s teaching experience has spanned over twenty years, including private and classroom teaching with beginning students to professionals.   Dr. Meza, past Artist Professor of Music and Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma and Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Michele di Montaigne School of Music in Talence, France, is an active recitalist and lecturer.  A partial list of performances includes recitals and lectures in London, Mexico City, and numerous cities in France, Nicaragua and the United States.  Zeke Meza, past winner of the Shreveport National Piano Competition, Southwestern Pianist Foundation National Concerto Competition and the Kingsville National Young Artist Competition, can be heard on the recording entitled, Americana: Solo Piano Music of the Americas, Claudio Records, LTD., UNITED KINGDOM.

Enrique Ponce

Theory and Composition

Enrique is an award-winning composer whose music has been featured in numerous film and video game projects both in the United States and abroad. Enrique holds a M.M. in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. He has had several opportunities to record and conduct his music with renowned film orchestras in the U.K., Hungary, Macedonia, and Spain. Recognized for it’s compositional creativity and orchestral zest, Enrique’s music has been nominated and won awards in film festivals throughout the United States; most notably, he was awarded Best Original Score at the Los Angeles CineFest for his score to the animated short, “Twilight Prophecy,” in 2017.
After completing his studies in Europe, Enrique has returned to his hometown of El Paso and is actively scoring new projects. His local collaborations include projects with PBS Digital Studios, Bored Film Studios, and Inmerssion - El Paso’s first and only video game production studio.
Enrique is currently the lead composer of Black Portal Productions, Inc., an audio production company specializing in film and video game music. You may listen to some of Enrique’s music by searching him on Spotify or by visiting his website,
www.enriqueponcemusic.com.

Natalia Garcia

Group Piano

Natalia Garcia, Piano faculty, has taught at the El Paso Conservatory of Music for almost 2 years and has developed a very successful studio in a short amount of time.  Ms. Garcia has a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Texas at El Paso.    MORE INORMATION WILL BE ADDED SOON.