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Mariachi Camp

June 18-22, 2018

The Mariachi Camp provides high school students with expert instruction from active professionals and MSU Denver Mariachi students. It is open to students entering grades 8-12. This session provides an excellent opportunity for young musicians to improve their individual performance skills with instrument-specific instruction, ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses, and performances. The camp culminates with a required student performance.

Instructors for the Mariachi Camp include Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo, Director of the MSU Denver Mariachi Los Correcaminos, and special guest Dr. Jeff Nevin, Professor of Music and Director of Mariachi Activities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA.

When: June 18-22, 2018
Where: Arts Building on the Auraria Campus, Denver CO
Tuition Fee: $250
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018





Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo,, 303-615-1662




Jeff Nevin

Jeff Nevin, Ph.D., is an award winning classical composer whose works have been performed by the San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony, the California EAR Unit, the Peninsula Symphony, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, the Sol de Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and many other ensembles. Also a skilled performer, he is the founder and Artistic Director of Mariachi Champa–a Nevin, principle trumpet in the La Jolla Symphony, a frequent substitute with the San Diego Symphony and has performed with artists including Charlotte Church, Kenny Loggins, The Moody Blues, Garison Keilor and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Dr. Nevin's theater credits include Music Director for the world college premier of "Mariachi Quixote", the first musical with a full mariachi-music score, and Music Director for the La Jolla Playhouse Spanish and English productions of Lorca's "Blood Wedding".

Dr. Nevin received his Bachelor of Music degree in music theory and composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He later studied at Arizona State University, where he received his Master of Music degree in music theory and composition in 1992. He earned his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of California at San Diego in 1998. Dr. Nevin is currently Professor of Music and Director of Mariachi Activities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, where he is developing a mariachi curriculum that is the first such program of its kind. He has given lectures to music educators across the country on the subject of incorporating mariachi music into public school curricula, and he is the Artistic Director of the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Nevin's first book, Virtuoso Mariachi, was published by University Press of America in 2002 (available directly from University Press of America or and he is currently writing a full line of method books that will allow mariachi music to be easily inserted into "traditional"music programs anywhere.


Lorenzo Trujillo

Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo is an affiliate music professor and the director of the Metropolitan State University Mariachi Ensemble.  He began playing mariachi music as a teenager with the Mariachi Alegre with which he made recordings presenting traditional mariachi music for entertainment and liturgical holiday events.  He is an avid violinist playing traditional, mariachi, classical and liturgical music. In 1996, he was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  He worked as a performing artist and teacher for the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976 and 1977.  In 2004, he was awarded the Hilos Culturales Distinguished Traditional Folk Artist Premio for his lifetime contributions to traditional arts.  Over the past fifty years, Dr. Trujillo has presented thousands of concerts, lecture demonstrations, and has published extensively about the arts and culture.  He has recorded and performed for television, radio and on numerous CDs.  As a performing artist and teacher under the National Endowment for the Arts, he worked with students throughout the southwest United States teaching traditional music and folklórico dance.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame and in 2011, he was presented with the Tesoro Cultural Center’s Tesoro de Oro Award.  In recent years, he has been fortunate to perform internationally on concert tours to Italy, Peru, Baja California, Morelia, Mexico, and Ireland. He is a practicing attorney in Denver and loves spending time with his wife, children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.




Please fill out the form below to register for the MSU Denver Summer Mariachi Camp.

The tuition fee is $250. The tuition fee must be paid in advance by mailing a check made out to MSU Denver Music by June 1, 2018 to:

MSU Denver Music Department
Attn: Mariachi Camp
Campus Box 58
PO Box 173362
Denver CO 80217

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