Mariachi ensembles ––– the nineteenth season
Santiago Romero – Director, Armonia Instructor
Emily Maestas – Trumpet Instructor
Gabe Tafoya – Violin Instructor
Stephen Montoya - Guitarron
The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association’s Mariachi Program provides mariachi music education and mariachi performance opportunities for kids ages 12 - 18 in Santa Fe. The program increases cultural awareness, gives our youth diverse options for musical expression, and brings together our community. The program is inclusive and tuition is sliding scale.
The Mariachi Program consists of instruction and performance of traditional Mexican mariachi music. Two levels of instruction are available: Mariachi Garibaldi, and Mariachi Estrella. At each level, students are instructed in all aspects of mariachi: voice, armonía (guitar, vihuela, and guitarrón), violin, trumpet, and ensemble performance. Students take one hour each week of instruction per instrument they may study, plus an hour of group performance-class. Mariachi Estrella, the Program’s advanced ensemble, has performed at the Governor’s Mansion, the National Education Association’s Legislative Reception, Quail Run Holiday Reception, MusicFest on Canyon Road, and at various small venues throughout the city of Santa Fe.