The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition is a traditional mariachi vocal competition for elementary, middle school, high school and college/university students. It is the largest and most competitive mariachi vocal competition in the world, and the only one of its kind judged by members of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Judging criteria include vocal quality, diction, intonation, phrasing and interpretation.
Students must submit a recording to audition for the preliminary phase of this competition. Submitted recordings are reviewed by a panel of judges. Approximately 40 finalists are selected from these and announced on mariachimusic.com by 10 a.m. on Nov. 1. The competition is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at the theater entrance.