SEE YOU AUGUST 6-10, 2014!
You are invited to join fellow mariachis and mariachi ensembles for the 2014 Jose Hernandez’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute® which will take place at Orange Coast College in Orange County, CA, August 6-10, 2014. This unique event will provide you and/or your student mariachi ensemble with an exceptional opportunity to study with and perform for some of the very best professional mariachis and educators in the country--Mariachi Sol de Mexico! We are also extremely proud to feature renowned mariachi artists as our special guests in Master Classes at this year’s event.
We are offering an optional, adjudicated festival in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College with awards being provided in a variety of categories and enhanced performance opportunities provided for the winners. For the outstanding participants in each category, a Jose Hernandez Signature Series Viheula, Guitarron and newly-developed Violin is being donated by West Music. A Bach Stradivarius Trumpet that Maestro Hernandez developed will also be donated for this purpose by Conn-Selmer. The outstanding Vocalist will be featured with Mariachi Sol de Mexico in a concert at the exciting Orange County Fair.
The college will also host an extensive series of level-specific, conference-style Workshops designed to help each attendee recognize his/her full potential. All participants will be immersed in a high quality, comprehensive learning environment that will stretch their playing and singing talents to enhance their strengths. The entire event will culminate with everyone participating in an unforgettable professional performance with Mariachi Sol de Mexico at the closing night of the Orange County Fair.
In addition to these performance opportunities and wide variety of clinics, an array of musical and cultural activities has been planned. You will surely be drawn to Southern California’s unique culture and special brand of entertainment including Mariachi Jams at Cielito Lindo Restaurant--the home of Mariachi Sol de Mexico--as well as at the famous Balboa Pier where you will be treated to a Pizza Party on the beautiful beach in Newport.
You can find all of the details in the appropriate drop-down menus. Although the event is still many months ahead, it is recommended that you reserve your space as soon as possible as the number of entries is limited. There is not a better way to start the school year than attending a high quality program of this magnitude which provides up close and personal time with each of the members of Mariachi Sol de Mexico.
Participants will leave inspired by the artistry of their teachers and challenged to perform at their highest level. It will be my honor to work with you and/or your students at Jose Hernandez’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute®. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone or
. It will be a life changing experience for all. We are looking forward to working with you!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 CHAMPIONS!
Community Category Champion: Mariachi Acero from Las Vegas, NV
Erik Ramirez, Director
High School Category Champion: Mariachi Azteca from Montgomery High School in Chula Visa, CA
Guadalupe Gonzalez, Director
Vincent Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Award: Esteban Dagnino from Mariachi Changuitos Feos de Tucson, AZ
Salvador Gallegos, Director
Jose Hernandez Signature Series Vihuela Award: Aline Montes from Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico, Gilroy, CA
Angel Amezquita, Director
Jose Hernandez Signature Series Guitarron Award: Alexis Ulises Rincón from Mariachi Alegria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
René Mejía Jacobo, Director
West Music Guitar Award: Ivan Leon from Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie, TX
Marta Ocampo, Director
Lewis & Son Violin Award: Marco Salgado from Houston, TX
Vocal Champion: Clyde Guerra from Roma, TX