National Endowment for the Arts The programs of the Mariachi Heritage Society, including the Mariachi Nationals, are supported in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
LACHSA - Live Your Dream Jose Hernandez' Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute will take place at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Cal State Los Angeles

2015 Highlights


SEE YOU AUGUST 10-13, 2016!


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You are invited to join fellow mariachis and mariachi ensembles for the 2016 Jose Hernandez’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute® which will take place August 10-13, 2016. This unique event will provide you and/or your student mariachi ensemble with an exceptional opportunity to study with and perform for some of the very best professional mariachis and educators in the country--Mariachi Sol de Mexico!  We are  also extremely proud to feature renowned mariachi artists as our special guests in Master Classes at this year’s event.



Mariachi PlayersWe are offering an optional, adjudicated festival at a performing arts theater with awards being provided in a variety of categories and enhanced performance opportunities provided for the winners. For the outstanding participants in each category, a Jose Hernandez Signature Series Viheula, Guitarron and newly-developed Violin is being donated by West Music. A Bach Stradivarius Trumpet that Maestro Hernandez developed will also be donated for this purpose by Conn-Selmer.


The university will also host an extensive series of level-specific, conference-style Workshops designed to help each attendee recognize his/her full potential. All participants will be immersed in a high quality, comprehensive learning environment that will stretch their playing and singing talents to enhance their strengths.


In addition to these performance opportunities and wide variety of clinics, an array of musical and cultural activities has been planned. You will surely be drawn to Southern California’s unique culture and special brand of entertainment including Mariachi Jams at Cielito Lindo Restaurant--the home of Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

You can find all of the details in the appropriate drop-down menus. Although the event is still many months ahead, it is recommended that you reserve your space as soon as possible as the number of entries is limited. There is not a better way to start the school year than attending a high quality program of this magnitude which provides up close and personal time with each of the members of Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

Participants will leave inspired by the artistry of their teachers and challenged to perform at their highest level. It will be my honor to work with you and/or your students at Jose Hernandez’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute®. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It will be a life changing experience for all. We are looking forward to working with you!

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Community Category Champion:  Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista

Mark Fogelquist, Director

2nd Place Community Category:  Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico from Santa Clara County, California

Angel Amezquita, Director

Vocal Category Champion: Joe Fata

Vincent Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Award: Raul Ortega from Gilroy, California

Cocula Series Violin Award: Eliuth Barrera from Tamazula, Jalisco

Conn-Selmer Violin Award: April Olvera

Jose Hernandez Signature Series Vihuela Award: Alexis Rosas from San Juan Capistrano, California

La Tradicion Guitar Award: Nancy Martinez from San Bernardino, California

Jose Hernandez Signature Series Guitarron Award: Clemente Montes from San Jose, California




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