December 12, 2008

Registration For The 2009 ¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival Workshops Now Open

Workshop Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mariachi music students can take advantage of early bird rates if they register for the ¡Viva El Mariachi! Workshops by Jan. 16, 2009! Radio Bilingüe’s anual ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival Workshops are an opportunity for students of mariachi music to learn new skills and techniques as well as fine-tune those they already have, from professional mariachi musicians.

Advance registration is highly encouraged, as space is limited. Early registration fees of $40 are valid through January 16, 2009, after which registration increases to $60 until February 13, 2009. Late registration fees are then $80 until March 7, 2009. Registration includes one day of instruction, sheet music, and admission to the Festival concert on Sunday, March 7, 2009. All students will be invited to participate in Sunday’s Festival concert.

The workshops, open to individuals ages ten and older, offer instruction for beginners, intermediate, and advanced musicians on traditional instruments — violin, vihuela, guitar, guitarrón, and trumpet. Voice instruction is also offered.

The workshop classes will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009, on the campus of Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Selma, California. Beginners will be taught by Juan Morales, a mariachi music instructor from the South Valley along with the assistance of Mariachi Tenochtitán. Mariachi Mujer 2000, a pioneer mariachi ensemble composed and directed solely by women, will teach intermediate students and Nati Cano and his acclaimed Mariachi Los Camperos will teach advanced students. Nati Cano of Los Camperos is a third-generation musician and a National Heritage Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts who has worked to promote and preserve the cultural traditions of mariachi music for over 40 years. He has taught Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival workshops for many years, sharing his experiences and mariachi technique, as well as his enthusiasm for traditional mariachi music.

Those interested in registering for the workshops may contact Radio Bilingüe at (559) 455-5760.

The workshops are sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance for California Traditional Arts and Selma Unified School District.

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