Plans are in place for an outstanding mariachi summer vocal camp in San Antonio, from June 23 through 27. There is still time to register, so be sure to call Sandra today at 210-225-3353, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is Monday, June 2.
Steeven Sandoval and Edwin Origel, members of Guadalajara’s renowned Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, will lead the camp with group vocal sessions, small work groups, and individual classes. Also joining them is Gino Rivera, director of Mariachi Azteca de América and director of the mariachi music program at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio. Gino will take the lead in working with beginner vocals and teach a class on how to write original music. Joel Settles, who was recently selected to participate in a program for theater directors at the Lincoln Center in New York City, will also teach at the camp. Joel will work with students on stage usage, speaking, writing, and creating original works. Melva Manske will return this year to work with students on pro-nun-ci-a-tion!!! Melva is a retired Spanish teacher of over 30 years and a PERFECTIONIST when it comes to the Spanish language.
Students will have the opportunity to study traditional teaching methods and a mariachi style that is 100% Mexican. We often find that students in the U.S. have excellent intonation and technique, but need help in the area of interpretation and delivery. Steeven, Edwin, Gino, and Melva will help students understand the music they are singing so that they can better interpret it when they’re performing. So much of mariachi music is about Mexican culture, and sometimes its difficult for those of us who live in the U.S. to understand the true meaning of certain words and phrases. These instructors will help students grasp the meanings of the songs, and much more.
Some students attend the vocal camp to learn how to sing, while others are more competitive and want to get a leading edge on preparing for a competition. The camp is open to all students, whether they are beginners, intermediate, or advanced. There are still a few slots left before the camp is full, so be sure to call today and register.
Many thanks to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center for housing the camp, and to AHMSA International for sponsoring it!!!