SEE YOU JULY 31 - AUGUST 5, 2018!


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You are invited to join fellow mariachis and mariachi ensembles for the 2018 Jose Hernandez’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute® which will take place July 31 - August 5, 2018. 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 Vihuela, Guitarron, and guitar is being donated by West Music. A Violin and Bach Stradivarius Trumpet that Maestro Hernandez developed will also be donated for this purpose by Conn-Selmer.


Mariachi Nationals 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!

Mariachi Players



Community Category Champion and $1500:  Mariachi Espuelas de Plata from Fortworth, Texas

Ramon Nino III, Director

2nd Place Community Category and $1000:  Mariachi Herencia de Mexico from Chicago, Illinois

Joaquin Rodriguez, Director

Vocal Category Champion and $500: Alexandra Dorantes

Vincent Bach Stradivarius Trumpet Award: Andres Gonzalez

Conn-Selmer Violin Award: Carolina Pedrosa

Jose Hernandez Signature Series Vihuela Award: Jose Ramirez

West Music Mariachi Guitar Award: Andrea Richards

Jose Hernandez Signature Series Guitarron Award: Honey Perez


2017 Winners




Mariachi Sol De Mexico