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Mariachi Los Caimanes is auditioning new members! Musicians wishing to audition are required to learn the music below (sorted by instruments)​, as well as prepare a song selection of their choice from standard mariachi repertoire.

Vocalists wishing to audition must prepare to sing "Si Nos Dejan". In addition to this, vocalists must prepare a "ranchera" song of their choice and sing it at the audition. This can be with a backing track or acapella.

Auditions will be the 2nd week of September between the dates of September 6th-10th. Email Jose Vazquez, vazquezjo@uhd.edu​ for more details.

Mariachi instrumentation currently used:

Mariachi Musician Requirements​*

Vocalists – Must be able to sing on key. Ability to read music is not required. Ability to play a mariachi instrument is strongly preferred. All songs must be memorized. Must be able to sing with vibrato. Must be prepared to sing without any microphones and still be heard over the mariachi.

Violin – Ability to read music strongly preferred but not required. Must have sound rhythmic skills and a good basis of fundamentals. Ability to play by ear preferred. Must be able to memorize music when needed. Singing skills is a bonus.

Trumpet​ – Ability to read music strongly preferred but not required. Must have sound rhythmic skills and a good fundamental mariachi trumpet tone. Ability to play by ear preferred. Singing skills is a bonus. Must be able to memorize music when needed.

Guitar – Ability to read chord charts and/or lead sheets strongly preferred. Ability to read music is not required. Must play on classical guitar with nylon strings. Folk guitars with steel strings will not be accepted. Instrument may not have any visible stickers or distracting paint. Must have sound rhythmic skills and basic grasp of mariachi strumming patterns. Singing skills is a bonus.

Vihuela – Ability to read chord charts and/or lead sheets strongly preferred. Ability to read music is not required. Must have sound rhythmic skills and basic grasp of mariachi strumming patterns. School will provide vihuela instrument if needed. Singing skills is a bonus.

Guitarron – Ability to read chord charts and/or lead sheets strongly preferred. Ability to read music is not required. Must have sound rhythmic skills and basic grasp of mariachi strumming patterns. University will provide guitarron instrument if needed. Singing skills is a bonus.

Harp – Must be able to play by ear. Ability to read music strongly preferred. Music memorization when needed.

Accordion – Must be able to play by ear. Ability to memorize music strongly preferred. Singing skills is a bonus. Must possess chromatic (keyboard) accordion, or diatonic (button) accordion in the same key as songs being performed.

Flute​ – Ability to read music strongly preferred but not required. Must have sound rhythmic skills and a good basis of fundamentals. Ability to play by ear preferred. Must be able to memorize music when needed. Singing skills is a bonus.

*All musicians should be able and willing to sing bac​kup vocals​.

​Auditions occur at the beginning of each semester, or on a case-by-case basis. If you or someone you know would like to join Mariachi Los Caimanes, please email José Manuel Vázquez, Mariachi Director, at vazquezjo@uhd.edu​ to receive audition music/set up an audition.

Last updated 9/7/2021 3:16 AM