Recognition of Women in Mariachi Today

by My Nguyen, Student Intern of CHASS Computing College

Music Lecturer Laura Sobrino, first dubbed the "Mariachi Queen" in 1995 by the Los Angeles Times, article will be available online in December at the National Association for Music Education newsletter in the mariachi section.

Her article on The Female Mariachi Pioneers in Mexico is based on one of the two symposiums she directed on September 24th at the San Jose Mariachi and Latin Music Festival.

Sobrino as the first woman to play in some of the nation’s most prestigious mariachi groups (including the Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey and the Mariachi Sol de México de José L. Hernández) recognizes that women mariachis have had the most obstacles in order to strive in a mostly male dominant industry. 

According to Sobrino in an earlier article (“A Look at the History of Women in Mariachi Music”), women mariachis have had to at least equal men in musical technique, performance, and physical stamina.  They had to triumph over social stereotypes and had done so for the pure love of mariachi music.

Sobrino is the musical director and violinist for the all-female mariachi show group “Mariachi Mujer 2000.”  Her book, "Mariachi Violin Transcriptions,” originally released in February 2000 with Mel Bay Publications, is written for the “non-mariachi musician.”  She started her own publishing company, the Mariachi Publishing Company, in order to give those unaccustomed to mariachi music an easier route towards learning mariachi.  During the Aug. 8th Olympics Opening Ceremonies during the Parade of Nations, Sobrino participated with the Mariachi Mujer of Nations and were chosen by the Chinese Olympic Committee to represent one of the 5 traditional ensembles selected to represent the different Olympic continents.

Her article on The Female Mariachi Pioneers in Mexico will be released at the National Association for Music Education site in December.

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