Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy is one of the only academies that recognizes and offers beginner mariachi to 6th graders, and intermediate and advanced mariachi at the middle and high school levels. We are focused on the goal of creating and encouraging musicians that wish to flourish in this traditionally filled genre. We are always looking for good men and women to join our growing family of Mariachi Sol Azteca!
JV took 2nd place at TAME in 2020.
Throughout the school year, we perform at a variety of venues. We perform for local Grand Prairie events, the DFW metroplex events and private gigs.
We had an amazing year in 2019-2020 beginning with winning the Mariachi Nationals of Jose Hernandez in California. We performed at the San Antonio Rivercenter bridge and competed in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. We had all four of our ensembles, Mariachi Tlaltechutli (JV/MS), Mariachi Metzli (V/MS), Mariachi Tonatiuh (JV/HS) and Mariachi Sol Azteca (V/HS) compete at the TAME Area competition in January. All four groups received a first division rating. The two high school mariachi groups advanced to the state TAME level and our MS varsity group was chosen as the Outstanding Middle school group. Mariachi Metzli got to perform twice at the state level in between the competition for the high school groups. They received standing ovations and many amazing comments for their performances. Mariachi Tonatiuh competed at the first ever JV competition where the won 2nd place. Mariachi Sol Azteca placed 4th in the 6A competition. The two high school groups went on to compete for the UIL area competition where they both received a 1st division for their efforts. Mariachi Sol Azteca qualified for State UIL and received a 1st division trophy for their performance.
We look forward to many more years of amazing memories and travels and hope that you consider becoming a phamily member of Mariachi Sol Azteca.
Varsity competes at UIL.
If you would like to come to catch a performance, check out the calendar on this website.
If these trips sound like something you're interested in and you have a passion for Mariachi music, check out the link on the left for audition requirements and let's see you at our next audition! Que Viva El Mariachi!!
Please read through the Mariachi Handbook
Audition Requirements and Information
7th - 12th Grade Requirements (Synchronous Zoom Audition. NO YouTube SUBMISSION)
Students should be prepared to play a minimum of two major scales. The student should be ready to demonstrate technique, tone, tuning through a prepared piece, preferably mariachi, but other music will be accepted. The student should have a prepared piece to demonstrate vocal strength. The preference is mariachi, but other music will be accepted.
6th Grade Requirements (Synchronous Zoom Audition. NO YouTube SUBMISSION)
Student should be ready to do some simple techniques that will show technique, matching pitch, rhythm, etc. They should also be able to sing a song to show vocal ability. They can sing any song, or they should sing Cielito Lindo which you can find on the GPFAA Website.
Lastly, we will do zoom interviews/auditions for all levels. Interviews will be scheduled using SignUp.com and we will send you the scheduling link with the Official Submission form.