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Erika Soveranes

Erika Soveranes

Mariachi for the Midwest: Fundamentals for Starting Your Own Mariachi Program

Clinic Synopsis:

Mariachi for the Midwest is a comprehensive resource for building a middle school or high school mariachi program. This presentation will discuss three main topics including instrumentation, style, and resources for band/jazz, orchestra, or choir directors looking to integrate mariachi into their schools curriculum.

Erika Soveranes - Biographical Information

A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Erika Soveranes started playing music at an early age when she learned flute in her elementary school band. She later found the joy of violin through her middle school mariachi program and has since been a member of several professional mariachi groups and wind ensembles throughout the Southwest.

Soveranes received a double bachelors in Flute Performance and Spanish from the University of New Mexico as well as a masters degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley. While in graduate school, Soveranes presented her thesis work entitled “Female Mariachi’s in the Southwest: Transcending the Acclaim of Masculine Aspects of Female Musicality” at both the Society of Ethnomusicology - Southern Plains Chapter conference in 2017, and the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology in 2018.

Soveranes currently runs two mariachi programs in the Brownsville area. In 2017, she established the mariachi program at Lopez Early College High School and she recently became the Artistic Program Director of Strings and Mariachi for Revival of Cultural Arts (ROCA) at the Brownsville Performing Arts Center. Soveranes has been a female vocal judge for the Texas Region 28 Mariachi All Region Auditions for 5 consecutive years and was also a clinician and judge for the Nuestra Cultura Mariachi Festival (NCMA) middle school and high school competition.

Through mariachi, Soveranes has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the 2012 London Olympics, and the world renowned Santa Fe Opera House. She currently performs with the all-female group, Mariachi Margaritas, as well as the McAllen Wind Ensemble.