Maestro José Hernandez’ annual Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute returns to Southern California July 30 through August 4.
Created by José Hernández and supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the initiative is an extensive series of workshops that immerses attendees in a high quality, comprehensive learning environment that helps them recognize their full mariachi potential. There’s also an optional adjudicated festival with cash awards bestowed to outstanding participants in several categories.
In addition, a José Hernández Signature Series Vihuela, Guitarrón and Guitar will be donated by West Music. A violin and Bach Stradivarius Trumpet, developed by Maestro Hernández, will also be donated by Conn-Selmer. Festival winners will have an opportunity to perform during Mariachi Sol de México’s concert at Orange County Fair on Sunday, August 4.
Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute
WHEN: July 30 – August 4
WHERE: Palm Lane Charter School, 1646 W. Palm Lane, Anaheim, CA 92802
About José Hernández
José Hernández is a four-time Grammy Award nominee and a master of mariachi music. He is a world-renowned musician, composer and music educator who continues to break new ground in the world of mariachi music. He is founder of the world-famous Mariachi Sol de México and America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.
José is a fifth-generation mariachi whose passion is to bring mariachi music to audiences around the world. In addition to leading two mariachi ensembles, he works tirelessly to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians through the educational initiatives he has founded: The José Hernández’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute, a mariachi music Summer intensive and competition which brings together some of the country’s top student mariachi ensembles and the Mariachi Heritage Society, which teaches mariachi music and folk dancing to new generations. José is also the Musical Director of several prestigious mariachi festivals.
José continues to advance the art of mariachi music with daring new compositions and arrangements. His latest and sixteenth CD, Leyendas de mi Pueblo is an homage to the great Mexican Mariachi music icons Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Javier Solís and Vicente Fernandez. He has composed, arranged and provided music for all sixteen Mariachi Sol de México albums. He sings and plays trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world and recorded with some of the most respected names in the music industry including Selena, Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys.
José’s musical inspirations are rich and diverse, ranging from Agustín Lara to José Alfredo Jiménez. One of José’s proudest achievements is establishing the Sol de México symphony orchestra, bringing this powerful and vibrant sound to mariachi lovers around the world.