One of world’s top performing mariachi vocalist and violinist, Steeven Sandoval, will be in San Antonio to lead the 2nd Annual Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Vocal Camp June 24-28 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Steeven is one of the greatest vocalist who performed with the world’s preeminent Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (1998 – 2012). He is best known for his rendition of Por Amor and works as a musician, songwriter and producer in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
The Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Vocal Camp consists of one full week of mariachi vocal instruction where students will learn vocal technique, performance skills, interpretation and presentation. Students will learn how to sing in a group as well as develop their own style and technique during one-on-one classes. Students will also learn about recording, sound and stage equipment, costume design and more.
Steeven Sandoval established a large fan base while entertaining audiences in the U.S. for over a decade as a member of the internationally renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. He now performs with the Guadalajara based Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán –one of the most popular groups in Mexico who tour the U.S. and Latin America. He will be joined by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán’s vocalist and guitarist Edwin Origel Mendez. Victoria Acosta, who sang in front of 15.78 million viewers on American Idol this year, and Vanessa Cerda Alonso who performed with the Houston Grand Opera in the mariachi opera “To Cross the Face of the Moon,” will assist with the camp. Victoria and Vanessa are both former “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.” winners from the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Actor Jesse Borrego will also be on hand to work with students.
“We have an amazing line of really great instructors from both the U.S. and Mexico,” says Cynthia Muñoz, Producer of San Antonio’s 19th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. “Students ranging from 7-18 have already registered and are eager to learn from the very best. “It’s the only mariachi summer vocal camp offered in the U.S. so there are students from as far away as Nogales, Arizona who are participating this year,” she said.
This year’s camp is in collaboration with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC). All classes held as part of the Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Vocal Camp will take place at the GCAC theater located at 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio, Texas. The camp will be from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from June 24-28. A public recital will take place with camp participants on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m at the GCAC theater.
Registration is now open for interested participants. The camp is available for students ages 7 and up. Beginner to advance classes will be offered.
A $150 registration fee covers the Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Vocal Camp and lunch and snacks daily. A limited number of scholarships are available for students interested. For more information call Sandra Guevara at 210-225-3353 (o) 210-414-8409 (c) or email sandra [at] mariachimusic [dot] com.
The Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Vocal Camp is funded by AHMSA International, sponsors of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. AHMSA International supports unique cultural arts programs that help build bridges of understanding among Mexicans and Americans.
The Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Vocal Camp is produced by MPR, producers of San Antonio’s 19th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. This year’s Extravaganza is set for December 1-7, 2013. The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza serves to promote cultural preservation and higher education among Hispanic youth.
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