College of Arts and Sciences Hosts the 7th Annual Mariachi Conference and Showcase with Participants from all Over the U.S. and Mexico

The University of San Diego’s Music Department brings together the best mariachi ensembles in the nation.  Over 200 students will participate in the event, learning the beauty of mariachi music from top performers in the industry.

The three-day conference, created by USD Mariachi Ensemble Director, Serafin Paredes, consist of workshops and hands-on training, culminating each day with a showcase where students can display their talent, including USD’s Mariachi Ensemble also known as Toreros de USD.  Renown musician Sergio Caratachea from Guadalajara, Mexico and friends will also be performing.

The Mariachi Showcase is broken down into 3 main events:

                    Thursday, March 7               Friday, March                       Saturday, March 9

What           Opening Concert                     Student Showcase                   Professional Showcase

When          7:00-9:00 p.m.                        6:30 – 8:30 p.m.                      6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where         Shiley Theatre at Camino Hall – USD – 5998 Alcala Park – San Diego

Student mariachi groups will compete throughout the conference, three winners will be selected to play alongside professional musicians, during Saturday’s Professional Showcase.

The showcases are open the public, tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Lissette Martinez
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