Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Festival

We are excited to present our guest artists and clinicians for FESTIBA 2019, which will take place on March 1st

and 2nd, 2019 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex. Our special guests this year include Maestro José Hernández, founder and director of Mariachi Sol de México and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. José is recognized internationally as an innovative force behind mariachi music, both musically as well as in mariachi education. With Mariachi Sol de México, José Hernández tours and performs throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, and he has made a huge impact throughout the years on our mariachi programs in the Rio Grande Valley.

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will be teaching and performing at FESTIBA 2019. As the first all female mariachi in the United States, Mariachi Reyna transformed the history of women in mariachi music from solo singers to a full complement of musical performers.  Also coming to FESTIBA 2019 are beloved vocalist Steeven Sandoval, Jonathan Clark, foremost mariachi historian, Maestro Jorge Ivan Velasco, world renowned folk harpist, Dr. Diana Seitz, renowned violinist and pedagogue, and Eddy Lopez, mariachi music arranger.

Guadalajara-native Steeven Sandoval, also known as “La Voz del Mariachi,” is one of the genre’s most acclaimed and beloved vocalists with his dynamic voice and emotional performances. Steeven’s lyrical interpretation of songs, and his heart-touching performances earned him a loyal fan base, enough to embark on a solo career of his own. Jonathan Clark, foremost mariachi historian has made a unique contribution to the mariachi world and he will share his wealth of mariachi knowledge during the workshop. Also teaching and presenting at the workshops this year are Maestro Jorge Ivan Velasco, world renowned folk harpist from La Universidad de Veracruz, Dr. Diana Seitz, recognized nationally and internationally as a pedagogue, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and Eddy Lopez, who has established himself as a formidable arranger of mariachi music. Members of Mariachi Aztlán will also be clinicians at the workshop.

The FESTIBA 2019 Mariachi Workshops will be held at the UTRGV campus from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1st. The Vocal Finalists Competition will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2nd  followed by the Middle School Group Competition and the High School Group Competitions. The FESTIBA 2019 Mariachi Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex and will feature the first place vocal competition winners, the group winners in the Middle School level, and the first place winners of the 4A, 5A, and 6A High School Varsity levels to compete for Grand Champion. The concert will also feature our guest artists Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Steeven Sandoval, and Mariachi Aztlán.


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Event Title Date Fee


March 1, 2019                    $45         

March 1, 2019            $25
March 1, 2019 $45


Schedule Details

Workshop March 1st: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Competition March 2nd: 9 am – 4 pm
Concert March 2nd: 7:30 pm


FESTIBA Mariachi Festival Concert - Buy Competition or Concert Tickets Here!

Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm
Edinburg │ Performing Arts Complex
Tickets: $10 - $20

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Contact Information:
Dr. Dahlia Guerra Assistant Vice President of Public Arts & Special Projects
Email: dahlia.guerra@utrgv.edu
Phone: (956) 665-2353 or (956) 665-3045.
Francisco Loera, Lecturer School of Music
Email: Francisco.loera@utrgv.edu
Phone: (956) 665-2353 or (956) 665-3045.