Empowerment Through Music (ETM) is the New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s community outreach program that provides access to free, quality music education classes for young people.

Empowerment Through Music was founded in 2009 to expand access to arts education. This "music and mentoring" program fosters higher school engagement and plants the seeds for lifelong enjoyment of the arts. Professional musicians share their craft with young people in a supportive environment and help them acquire the "superpower of music".

Meet Empowerment Through Music Coordinator, Debo Orlofsky

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Debo Orlofsky, M.A., ETM Coordinator, has been an educator and musician in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 26 years. With two Master’s Degrees from the University of New Mexico (Psychology and Education), she taught English as a Second Language, Literacy, and Computer Technology in both North Valley and South Valley schools. Working primarily with high-risk and low-income populations, Debo founded and directed an elementary school chorus that performed at both school and community functions for 10 years. A professional musician herself, she has been singing in and around ABQ since the mid-1980s. She performed as the lead singer of Splinter Fish, a seminal alternative band on the ABQ music scene and sang with Animal Opera, a local group of all-stars that rocked the NM desert with African dance music through the mid-90s. These days, Debo sings and plays accordion in the country blues band, Alpha Blue, and the klezmer group, The Rebbe's Orkestra, as well as fronting Saudade, ABQ’s Brazilian jazz quintet. In her own Big Rock Studio, she has served as the recording and mixing engineer for several homegrown musical projects including “Demonic Lovely”, the debut CD by Le Chat Lunatique. Debo brings her background in education and love of music to coordinating the Empowerment through Music program.

In Memory of David TenClay/Donate to underserved youth.

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In memory of David TenClay 1986-2020

Dave TenClay loved music throughout his life and saw it as his mission. At age 12, he joined the worship team at Chelwood Christian Reformed Church in Albuquerque and did two summer tours with the faith-based band, Carpenter’s Tools. David graduated from Eldorado High School where he was a member of the marching and concert bands as well as the bassist in the award-winning jazz band, Screamin’ Eagles.

After college, Dave moved to Des Moines, Iowa, joining the Westview Church worship band and giving guitar lessons. Dave loved composing songs and instrumentals and played multiple instruments including keyboard, mandolin, guitar, bass, drums and concertina. He adored his extended family and looked forward to times together in person and through social media. His goal in life was to “make a difference in the world” through his music and care for others.

Gone too soon, Dave left his mark on the world and all who knew him. The TenClay family have set up this fund to accept donations in his memory to support the Jazz Workshop's Empowerment Through Music "arts-in-social-services" program, providing free music education TT

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