Music Department

 Dr. Lucy Scarbrough

Known as an outstanding performer, composer, and master teacher, Dr. Lucy Scarbrough is the Musician in Residence at the El Paso Community College, teaching private voice and piano. Her career with EPCC began at the Logan Heights Campus, long before the current campuses existed. Starting out with only one course, "Music Appreciation," she went on to build the music program, and designed and implemented EPCC's Associate degree in Music.

She was on the planning boards for the Valle Verde and Transmountain campuses. In 1974, she obtained funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to establish the first EPCC Arts Festival. Dr. Scarbrough was recently the keynote speaker for EPCC’s Spring Commencement. She was honored at the event with the announcement of the EPCC Lucy Scarbrough Endowed Scholarship Fund.

A noted pianist, composer, educator, and leader in her field, Scarbrough has been hailed by El Paso Times critic John Prestwood for her “stellar performance exhibiting exceptional technique and deep sensitivity.” She served as one of three adjudicators on the Selection Jury for both the 7thand the 8th U.S. National Chopin Piano Competitions, in 2005 and 2010, respectively.


 Dr. Lucy Scarbrough

Dr. Lucy Scarbrough
Founder and Artistic Director
The El Paso Chopin Music Festival

 In 1978, she founded and served for many years as the director of the El Paso Civic Orchestra. In 1995, she founded the El Paso Chopin Piano Festival which brings talented pianists from around the world to perform in El Paso. She continues to serve as the Festival's President and Artistic Director.

Lucy Scarbrough’s numerous awards include the coveted Texas statewide Minnie Stevens Piper higher education award, the Burlington Foundation Teaching Award, the National Teaching Excellence Award of U.T. Austin, and the USO Grand Prix for Best Musical Production in Tokyo, Japan. Recently, she was inducted into the El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame, received the YWCA Reach Award for the Arts, the Hidalgo Award, the Hominage Mujer Award for service to the community of El Paso-Juarez, and the U.S. President’s Award for Service to the Cultural Arts Community.

In her teens, she began her formal piano studies with Sylvio Scionti of New York and Russian pianist Maurice Lichtman. She earned her degrees in piano at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. There she received the Conservatory’s top prize, the John R. Hattstadt Award, and studied with internationally recognized composer Leo Sowerby. In competition, she won the honor of playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. She taught at the Chicago Musical College and continued her studies with Rudolph Ganz.