Strings Faculty

Guillermo Quezada Novela


El Paso Conservatory of Music welcomes Guillermo Quezada to our strings faculty!


Guillermo Quezada finished his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Master of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Texas at El Paso. He held the position of Principal Violist with El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez for many years. He has played in many Chamber Music Ensembles.
As a conductor, Guillermo was the first Director of The Philharmonic Strings, the Conductor for The Gilbert and Sullivan Company and was the Assistant Conductor of The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he became the Conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica UACJ, Conductor of Orquesta Juvenil UACJ and is in charge of all Orquestas Esperanza Azteca of Chihuahua. At UACJ, Guillermo teaches violin, viola and chamber music. He was the Head of the Music Department for three years.


Nathan Black

El Paso Consevatory of Music welcomes Nathan Black to our string faculty!

Nathan Black has studied and performed at numerous locations across the country and around the globe.  Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Mr. Black began his cello studies at the age of twelve where he studied under Richard Lang, Gerald Fowkes and Loran Stephenson.  He traveled to El Paso in 2010, where he completed his studies at The University of Texas at El Paso under the instruction of world-renowned cellist, Zuill Bailey.

Mr. Black has appeared as a performer at The Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts where he was a three-time finalist in the Annual Young Artists Competition and The Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute where he performed and presented orchestral and chamber works by Antonin Dvorak.  During his undergraduate work, Mr. Black was the winner of the 2010 UTEP Concerto and Aria Competition which led to his solo performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the UTEP Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Lowell Graham.  In 2013, Mr. Black traveled to Brunswick, Maine to study and perform at The Bowdoin International Music Festival.  There he presented works by Brahms and Kodaly while studying under David Ying, cellist of the Ying Quartet.    

Mr. Black’s music has also led him to the other side of the globe.  In 2013, along with UTEP faculty, traveled to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to perform the first ever opera that would be heard in that country.  Their performance of G.F. Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” would capture world-wide attention and earn recognition from several global educational organizations including the Smithsonian Institute.

Mr. Black is a founding member of The UTEP String Quartet and is a section cellist in The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and The El Paso Symphony Orchestra.  He performs on a 1767 “Joseph Leidolff” cello from Vienna, Austria.

Robert Taylor

El Paso Conservatory of Music welcomes Robert Taylor to our String Faculty!

Robert Taylor has performed with the El Paso Symphony for over 20 years, including 16 years as principal. In addition, Mr. Talylor has also performed with the Austin Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de la UACJ, and numerous others. Robert has been on the teaching faculties of UTEP, the University of North Texas, and Texas A&M International University. He has appeared as a soloist with the UTEP Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Pro-Musica, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the El Paso Pro-Musica International Chamber Music Festival.  

Robert’s primary bass studies were at the University of New Mexico, under the tutelage of Mark Tatum. Robert has also studied with internationally renowned pedagogues Jorge Espinoza and Jeff Bradetich. As a teacher, Robert has had his students go on to receive scholarships at many major Universities in Texas and many major schools of music throughout the United States.