Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Festival

We are extremely proud to announce our fabulous lineup this year of guest artists and activities including the internationally renowned José Hernández and Mariachi Sol de México! José Hernández is the founder of Mariachi Sol de México and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. He is considered the mariachi leader in the United States, has worked with many famous musicians in Latin music, and is recognized internationally as an innovative force behind mariachi music in the last thirty years, both musically as well as in mariachi education. With Mariachi Sol de México, José Hernández tours and performs throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Our honored guest this year is Mr. Jonathan Clark, foremost mariachi historian. We will recognize his unique contribution to the mariachi world and he will share his very interesting experiences and wealth of mariachi knowledge during the workshop. We are privileged to have joining us, as a clinician and performer, Maestro Jorge Ivan Velasco, world renowned folk harpist who is unmatched in his amazing dexterity, skill and virtuosity! Also teaching and presenting at the workshops this year is Eddy Lopez who has established himself as a formidable arranger of mariachi music, and Adolfo Estrada, UTRGV alumnus and PhD student in Ethnomusicology.

The FESTIBA 2018 Mariachi Workshops will be held at the UTRGV campus from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2rd and the Vocal Finalists Competition, the Middle School Group Competition, and the High School group competitions will be held Saturday, March 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Complex at UTRGV. The FESTIBA 2018 Mariachi Concert 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. The concert will also feature Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán, Mariachi Aztlán, and our guest artists Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.

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Event Title Date Fee
FESTIBA 2018 Mariachi Festival
Enrollment Fee: $ 45 per student
(includes workshop, group/vocal competition, and concert)

March 2, 2018                    $45         
FESTIBA 2018 Mariachi Festival 
Enrollment Fee: $25 per student competing in
vocal who are part of a group 

March 2, 2018            $25
FESTIBA 2018 Mariachi Festival
Enrollment Fee: $45 Vocal Contestant not part of a group 
March 2, 2018 $45

Schedule Details

Workshop March 2nd: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Competition March 3rd: 9 am – 4 pm
Concert March 3rd: 7 pm

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

Saturday, March 3, 7 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
Phone: (956) 665-2353 or (956) 665-3045.
Francisco Loera, Lecturer School of Music
Phone: (956) 665-2353 or (956) 665-3045.