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!
(Mariachi Sol Azteca singing at avenue with soloist Josh Riddick standing off center to the left singing)
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 a phenomenal year in 2016-17 beginning with winning Mariachi Nationals of Jose Hernandez. We competed in Mariachi Vargas, where we were in the top five of that event. We also placed 2nd in the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators Mariachi State Finals, and received a 1st division at the UIL State Mariachi Festival. The group also competed at local competitions such as the Grand Prairie Mariachi Festival, placing 1st out of 11 competing groups and the Fort Worth Extravaganza where the group received a 1st division but was chosen as best in class.(Mariachi Sol Azteca standing holding their UIL medals)2017-18 begins with exciting opportunities. The group will be traveling to Las Cruces, New Mexico for a competition/workshop event with Mariachi Cobre teaching the classes. We are striving to reach the 1st place at the TAME State finals and continue our success with UIL State Mariachi. We will be ending our school year with a trip to Hawaii in May where we will play at the Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona monument, bringing our joy of mariachi music to locals. Aloha!
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 -English(word document)(printable)
Audition Requirements and Information
Incoming students auditioning for mariachi are required to bring and prepare the items listed below.Resume and PhotoThe student must present a one-page resume listing prior experience and a current headshot.Brief InterviewStudents will participate in a brief interview with the panel after performing their music.AuditionStudents will be asked to perform a few of the 7 mariachi scales/chord passages (see below). Students will be asked to perform a passage from a traditional mariachi piece, minimum 16 measures. All students will be asked to sing for the panel.*Beginning Students – Students who have never played before will be asked to sing a song, mariachi or other, sing the lyrics to Cielito Lindo Chorus in three keys, attached, and a general music listening test that will include pitches and rhythms.Please note: resumes and headshots will not be returned to auditioning students.PLEASE COME TO AUDITION WARMED-UP AND TUNED!