Son de la Gila – Mariachi Conference

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Date(s) - 06/04/2024 - 06/07/2024
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WNMU Main Campus
1000 W. College Avenue - Silver City, NM

Exploring the rich history & culture of the southwest through mariachi.

Son de la Gila

The Son de la Gila Mariachi Conference is focused on the promotion and education of young musicians and music educators in the cultural significance of the mariachi artform through advanced music training and performance on the Western New Mexico University Campus.

Located in the shadows of the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest, Western New Mexico University has been educating and training students from around the world since 1893. With a strong connection to the preservation, conservation, and recreation in the Gila National Forest, Son de la Gila is a testament to the important connection between the natural world that surrounds us and musical expression.


2024 Performers

The final showcase performance provides students and instructors the opportunity to perform on the stage at Regents Square on the WNMU campus, kicking off the university’s signature annual event, ¡Fiesta Latina!

Mariachi Estrella de Mexico


Founded in 2008 in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico, Mariachi Estrella de Mexico has quickly become one of the world’s most in-demand and popular performance groups. Following national tours and performances with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, the music of Mariachi Estrella de Mexico can now be found on Apply Music, Spotify and other streaming platforms.

Mariachi Plata de WNMU 


The award-winning Mariachi Plata de WNMU is the southwest’s premiere collegiate mariachi group and the state’s only competitive university-level mariachi groups.

2024 Master Classes

For high school musicians:


For mariachi instructors:

Direction and arranging
Growing your high school program

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