June 6, 2008
The 2008 Conference will offer mariachi instruction to students of all ages at novice, intermediate, and advanced levels in addition to instruction in Mexican folkloric dance at three levels Instructors are recognized professionals including the virtuoso members of Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara. Famed arranger Rigoberto Alfaro will be the Musical Director of the Conference. This year’s Conference will pay tribute to Heriberto Molina (“El Cura”), lead vocalist of the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán for more than thirty years. Mariachi historian, Jonathan Clark, will conduct an in-depth live interview with Mr. Molina accompanied by a multimedia presentation. Legendary trumpeter Miguel Martínez, will once again join the instructional staff. Dance workshops will be taught by Benjamín Hernández, Ramón Morones, and Leticia Ceja all trained at the famed Escuela de Artes Plásticas at the University of Guadalajara. The Sweetwater School District welcomes students and groups from outside the area and encourages them to take advantage of the Conference’s workshops and performance opportunities.
Workshops: June 19 & 20. 8:30am to 4:30pm, Chula Vista High School, 820 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91911