Workshop Audition Information
2013 Guest Clinician
Professional mariachi musician; Musical director, Mariachi Mujer 2000; mariachi ensemble lecturer
Laura Sobrino is one of the first women mariachi performers in the United States. Her trailblazing role as a female mariachi musician spans over 35 years. She was the first female to perform with several virtuoso all-male mariachi groups, including Mariachi Los Galleros ('79), and Mariachi Sol de Mexico ('86). Ms. Sobrino was one of the Hispanic women honorees hand-selected by First Lady Maria Shriver for the "Latinas: The Spirit of California" exhibit at the CA Museum for History, Women & The Arts ('05). Ms. Sobrino was the original musical director for the all-female mariachi show group Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles ('94). In 2000, Laura became the musical director and performing violinist with the Mariachi Mujer 2000. Her national and international performance venues include the Hollywood Bowl Mariachi USA Festival, Teatro Degollado (Guadalajara, MX), Miami Calle Ocho, the Santa Fe Opera House and the Bird's Nest Stadium Opening Ceremonies in Beijing for the Olympics 2008. She was inducted into the TIMC Mariachi Hall of Fame ('04). In addition to mariachi music performance, Ms. Sobrino has devoted many years to mariachi education and in particular to the documentation of the history of women in mariachi music. Laura was identified as an NEA Master Teacher by the state of Kansas, and has taught at the majority of the national mariachi workshops, including Tucson, Las Cruces, San Jose, Denver, Fresno, Albuquerque and Kansas City. Currently, Ms. Sobrino is a music lecturer at UC Riverside ('06, mariachi ensemble) and has published with Mel Bay Publishing, Inc., Southern Music Co, and her own Mariachi Publishing Company (1995). Laura was the artist honoree for the 2011 "ACColades: A Salute to Women Who Inspire Us" (June 2011).
Feria del Mariachi Workshops
Saturday, March 23, 2013
8:00AM - Registration and Welcome Session
9:00AM - Classes in instrumental techniques / Solo vocal workshops begin
10:00AM - NOON - Ensemble workshops begin / Solo vocal workshops continue
NOON - 1:00PM - Lunch (provided to workshop attendees)
1:00PM - 3:00PM - Ensemble and Solo vocal workshops resume
3:00PM - End of workshop presentations
The ensemble workshops consist of instrumental techniques as well as ensemble instruction. All students must audition for placement in the appropriate ensemble. Prior to or immediately following each group's competition performance, all workshop participants will perform their assigned audition excerpt for a workshop instructor in a designated room. The audtion exerpts are posted below.
Therefore, be sure your students are given their respective instrument's excerpt in advance so that they
If a director or student elects not to perform the audition excerpt for our teachers, the student will
Students may not change/move workshop groups after the assessments have been made.
In the workshop environment, there will be three teachers who will team teach each workshop group; a
solo Vocal Workshops
The solo vocal workshops will be taught by Michelle Quintero and Jac Hernandez. Students will learn vocal techniqes, Mariachi reperatoire, stage presence and other performance techniques. This workshop does not require an audition but is only available to the first 30 students who register.
If at any time, a director or student has a question over the audition excerpt or process, feel free to
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