- To participate, the student must be a member of his/her local mariachi program.
- This is a one year membership.
- Students must be currently enrolled in high school, between the age of (16-18 years of age.) There will be special permissions made for students under the age of 16 with the consent of the musical director and parents.
- Students must have a minimum average grade of 70 (C average) in all academic classes, or show potential for completing this requirements in a time frame recommended by the musical director.
- Students must exhibit an advanced level of participation, skills, fundamentals, and performance.
- Attend all rehearsals and performances.
- Students who participate in Mariachi Estrellas del Norte MUST remain members of their local mariachi programs.
- Students who have graduated high school (over 18) will still be required to audition yearly.
AUDITION PROCESS AND SELECTION
- Select a date and time you wish to audition and provide a preference of AM/PM audition time and the instrument you are auditioning on.
- Be prepared to play one song of your choice, a scale, sing and sight read a sample sheet of music. (Chosen by the director)
- Once completed applicants, who meet the requirements to be members of EDN will receive a packet of music to begin learning repertoire.
AUDITION RESULTS WILL BE POSTED ONLINE AND MADE AVALAIBLE AFTER JANUARY 5, 2020.
If you are accepted into Mariachi Estrellas del Norte rehearsals are Saturdays (Time: TBA). Students must attend rehearsal to participate in events.
The goal of our rigorous program is to challenge outstanding students to improve their individual musical skills at a high level and have a positive impact on the community and academic learning.
WHAT WE DO.
Unlike local programs, Estrellas del Norte is an ensemble made up of students that are dedicated and committed to one another but more importantly to themselves. The focus of Estrellas del Norte is the development of independent musicianship in contrast with local programs where the focus is on the large group performance.
Mario Trujillo, Co-Director
Born and raised in Tucson, Az.
Performed with Mariachi Cobre in Orlando, FL for over 20 years. Currently the Chief officer of Experience, New York Public School system.
Sergio Alonso, Harp Mentor
Sergio “Checo” Alonso is a master of the Mexican folk harp traditions from the southern coast of Veracruz and the western states of Jalisco and Michoacan, the jarocho and mariachi traditions, respectively. Alonso began studying and researching Mexican folk music in 1993 in the ethnomusicology department at UCLA, studying with Jesus Guzman of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and other Mexican and Latin American master harpists including Alberto de la Rosa, Delfino Guerrero, Ivan Velasco and others. A teacher at San Fernando High School and instructor for the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program, Alonso also performs regularly with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano (with whom he’s received a Grammy), Mariachi Nuevo Cuicatlan, and Grupo Aves.
Daniel Valdez, Trumpet Mentor
Daniel Valdez was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in August 2007 to take a position as a full-time mariachi educator for the Clark County School District (CCSD). While in Tucson, Mr. Valdez organized and instructed non-profit youth mariachi ensembles, participated as an instructor at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference for two years and participated as an instructor for Gear Up’s Summer Mariachi Camp at the University of Arizona for three years teaching the Math Through Mariachi program. Mr. Valdez also performed with Mariachi Cielo de Mexico, a professional mariachi ensemble in Tucson, for four years and has performed with the nationally-renowned Mariachi Vargas, Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Sol de México, Mariachi Cobre, and Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara. He has also recorded a CD of Tejano music.