Mariachi Sones del Desierto

Mariachi Sones del Desierto is a multi-tier year round youth mariachi program for children in grades k-12. This wonderful cultural-musical exchange brings children together in a fun and supportive environment as they learn to play and appreciate traditional mariachi music.

Our Mariachi students have performed at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, Mesa Arts Center, Tempe Center for the Arts, Chandler Multicultural Festival, the Herberger Arts Festival, the Arizona Opera’s cultural exchange, Phoenix Arts Festival, Maricopa County Community College Hispanic Convocation, the Town of Gilbert Global Village, Town of Guadalupe, Tempe Historical Museum, private parties, Quinceañera, in restaurants and schools.

For more information about our Mariachi program or to book a performance please contact program director, Chris Donlon.

Mariachi Aprendiz Sones del Desierto is our entry-level group for young eager musicians. For most, this is their first experience playing an instrument or mariachi music. Members learn basic musical concepts and how to work together as a mariachi ensemble. Individual commitment and daily practicing the music outside of rehearsals is required. Individual progress is expected and recognized.

Weekly rehearsals are on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 at Desert Sounds.

Mariachi Principiantes Sones del Desierto is a concentrated learning experience for aspiring young musicians who show through their audition they are ready to play more advanced music and learn more advanced musical concepts, rehearsal and performance skills. Individual commitment and daily practicing the music outside of rehearsals is required. Individual progress is expected and recognized.

Weekly rehearsals are Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:30 at Desert Sounds.

Mariachi Intermedios Sones del Desierto members are aspiring student musicians concentrating on developing their musicality and technical performing skills. A high level of individual commitment and daily practicing of music outside of rehearsals is required.

The Intermedios rehearse Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 at Desert Sounds.

Mariachi Avanzados Sones del Desierto is our elite sought after performing group. Members of this group are experienced, talented and dedicated youth mariachi musicians who have developed advanced technical, playing and performing skills. A very high level of individual commitment and daily preparation outside of rehearsals is required.

Weekly rehearsals are on Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 at Desert Sounds.

To audition please contact the Desert Sounds Office at 480-304-4762 for more information or questions.

Violin: Solo of your choice with no accompaniment (no mariachi music) Scales C, G, D, A and F major. One octave for younger students. Two octaves for junior high students. Three octave for perspective Avanzados members. Sight reading (provided by adjudicator)

Guitar/Vihuela: Solo of your choice with no accompaniment Chord progressions I-IV-V-I in the keys of C, G, D, A, F Sight reading (provided by adjudicator)

Guitarron: Solo of your choice with no accompaniment Note progressions I-IV-V-I in the keys of C, G, D, A, F Sight reading (provided by adjudicator)

Trumpet: Solo of your choice with no accompaniment (no mariachi music) Scales: Play C, G and chromatic scale (from a comfortable low note to high note) Sight reading (provided by adjudicator)

Voice:   Everyone must do a vocal audition which includes: Pitch matching (provided by adjudicator) Sight singing (provided by adjudicator)

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