Sinfonia Mexicana of San Bernardino established the Mariachi
Youth Academy in February 2009 at the Sturges Center for the
Fine Arts as an opportunity for area youth to learn and perform
mariachi music as well as understand its origins and cultural
The Mariachi Youth Academy’s Mission – Is to
establish a continuing and comprehensive course of study that
will challenge and enhance the student’s ability to read music,
master their instruments and enhance stage presence through the
art of performing mariachi music.
Our Goal – Is to prepare and encourage academy
students to further their musical education. The program
instills responsibility, discipline and stresses the advantages
of higher education.
The Academy currently has forty-seven students
that attend middle and high schools from San Bernardino, Rialto,
Fontana, Bloomington, Riverside, Oak Hills, Phelan and Hesperia.
Classes are currently being taught for intermediate and advanced
students with plans for beginner classes very soon.
With world-class musicians/instructors guiding
the program, the Mariachi Youth Academy is poised to be a
nationally recognized learning institution for the advancement
and promotion of the art of mariachi music and performance.
We invite you to come see and hear these
talented students and discover the opportunity to help these
youth reach beyond their potential and support their dreams and
ambitions through the "Adopt a Mariachi Student" program.
o Oscar Tostado Director-Mariachi Youth Academy
o Maria Saenz Assistant Director Mariachi Youth Academy
o Rafael Palomar former lead singer for Mariachi Vargas de
o Johathan Palomar member of Mariachi Los Camperos
o Samuel Nolasco formar member of Mariachi Uclatan
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LISTEN TO THE MUSIC OF Sinfonia Mexicana’s Mariachi Youth
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The Sinfonia Mariachi Youth Academy was established in February
2009 and one of its goals is to “challenge and enhance the
student’s musical ability” by teaching students to read music
and musical theory. Mariachi music is inherently taught by
learning how to play by ear with little, if any, emphasis in
learning music theory and how to read music. The significance of
learning these skills is to allow students to expand their
musical knowledge beyond mariachi. These skills will also be
helpful in opening doors in furthering their education. To many
of these students, learning to read music has been a difficult
Academy instructors Cindy Shea, Alberto “Beto” Jimenez Maeda and
Martin Barboza-Zarate have extensive knowledge and degrees in
music. These instructors have been teaching students by using
various methods to successfully overcome these
I believe the Mariachi Youth Academy is accomplishing its goals
of educating, building confidence, discipline and responsibility
to these students. With these core values, these students will
have no limits to what they can achieve.
A beginner’s class of 31 students, ages 8 through 12, was
started on March 1, 2011. Instruction includes the basics of
music theory. Instruments will be introduced at a later time.
Instruction for intermediate and advance Academy students
continues. Students have also been practicing their music,
singing and stage presence/performance.
On March 13, 2011, the Mariachi Youth Academy, with the
Symphonie Jeunesse Orchestra, was the featured artist at the
“Stars of Tomorrow” performance at the Sturges Center for the
Fine Arts. The San Bernardino Valley Concert Association
sponsored the event.
We extend “un gran abrazo” to our sponsors and Board members for
recognizing the dedication and accomplishments of these students
and instructors and allowing this wonderful program to continue.
Director Mariachi Youth Academy
The Sinfonia Mexicana’s Mariachi Youth Academy is
made possible by a generous donation from the Ludwick Family