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Dr. Oswaldo Zapata, Director

Mariachi Internacional

The Mariachi Internacional TAMIU consists of music students and students of other disciplines who are interested in learning and/or improving their technique and style of mariachi music. The TAMIU mariachi program represents the tradition, culture, and heritage of the large Hispanic population of the University and the South Texas area through multiple performances every semester.


Do I get credit? Yes, non-music majors can enroll in the Mariachi Class for credit using the general electives within their degree plan.

What if I do not own an instrument? It is best if you bring your own instrument; however, the Dept. of Fine & Performing Arts does have a limited supply of mariachi instruments which students can check out each semester.

When does Mariachi Internacional meet? The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 8:45pm in CFPA 134.

Will Financial Aid cover Mariachi? Yes, if you use mariachi as the General Elective within your degree.

Are scholarships available? Yes, a limited amount of scholarship money is available. Students must apply for the Fine Arts Scholarship and submit the form to Mrs. Elizabeth Rubio. Recommendation for scholarships will be based on merit, dedication, and extra-curricular involvement beyond the rehearsal time.

Do I need to audition? Yes, please see audition information below.

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Oswaldo Zapata at (956) 326-3044 or email

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Auditions for Fall 2017:

Auditions for the Fall 2016 semester will be held during the second mariachi class meeting at 7:30PM in room 134 (FPA).

The audition will inlcude major scales, a selected piece (please email me at to get a copy of the selected piece for your instrument), and a piece of your choice that best demonstrates your abilities. Sight reading might be asked.

-Scales: Major scales should be played using eighth notes, minimum tempo quarter note = 80. The scales should include two octaves for trumpets if possible, and at least two for violins (three when possible). Guitarron will play one octave and Arpa as many as possible. Scales for the armonia (guitars and vihuelas) must include all the sequence of chords presented in a harmonic progression to accompany the scales (please email me at to get a copy of the required harmonic progression).

-Selected Piece: You will be asked to play one or two sections of the selected piece (please email me at to get a copy of the required piece).

-Piece of choice: Prepare an eight to sixteen measure long excerpt that best demonstrates your musical ability and mariachi style (sones, rancheras, huapangos, joropos and boleros rancheros are preferred).

Questions? Email me at