Mariachi Paredes de la Universidad de Texas was founded in 1977 by a group of graduate students, honoring Dr. Américo Paredes (1916-1999), a seminal figure in the study of borderlands history, Mexican American Studies, and Postmodernist anthropological studies. The ensemble’s purpose is to provide a social, cultural, and historically aware space for students, enriching their lives through the study and performance of Mexico’s national music. The students have the opportunity to share their music by performing on campus, throughout the greater Austin area, and around the state. They have been invited to perform at the largest mariachi festivals in the state including the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza (San Antonio), UTRGV’s FESTIBA Mariachi Festival (Edinburg), and the Charro Day’s Festival and Grand Parade (Brownsville). As the group has met unforeseen challenges because of the pandemic, they continue to remain active through remotely recording music and providing virtual entertainment for community events. Mariachi Paredes has been under the direction of Mónica Fogelquist since 2018.
How to join
How to register: By audition only (held on a rolling basis)
Instruments: Violin, trumpet, guitarrón, vihuela, and guitar
For more information, please contact Monica Fogelquist at email@example.com