AMFS Mariachi Workshop 2024

Aspen Music Festival and School’s
Mariachi Workshop for Middle and High School Musicians

July 22-24, 2024


Join us for a FREE three-day workshop with expert mariachi teachers and performers! 

Tuition: FREE for all participants!

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  • For students with at least 1 year of experience on their instrument
  • Incoming 5th graders – High School
    (incoming 4th graders considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • No prior mariachi experience necessary!
  • Are you an adult or educator wanting to learn mariachi or audit our workshop? Please complete this Google Form and we will be in touch. 

Explore Mariachi music with the AMFS and perform alongside a professional Mariachi ensemble!  This three-day program includes:

  • Active full-group rehearsals and technique-building sessions on traditional mariachi instruments (vihuela, guitarrón, violin, guitar, trumpet, and voice) and non-mariachi instruments alike... Whatever instrument you play, you CAN participate!
  • Instructional breakouts with instrument specialists from across Colorado and local music educators
  • Keynote presentations on the tradition and historical evolution of mariachi folk music
  • Intergenerational learning opportunities
  • A featured performance in Michael Klein Music Tent as part of the AMFS's Community Concert alongside Denver-based professional ensemble Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklòrico!
    • The repertoire will include the following three newly commissioned Multi-Level Masterpiece ( arrangements by Michael Linert: "Los Machetes", "Las Golondrinas", and "La Bamba". The concert will conclude with a grand finale performance of "Cielito Lindo" with all the performers and the audience! 
  • Lots of fun, friendship, community building, and more!

Workshop Location: 
Basalt High School
600 Southside Drive
Basalt, CO  81621

Workshop space provided in partnership with Basalt High School - Thank you for partnering with us to create music education opportunities for Roaring Fork Valley students and beyond!

Workshop Hours:

Monday, July 22 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday, July 23 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 24 | 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM ; Concert at 5:30 PM

To accommodate working parents:
- Check-in available as early as 8:15 AM
- Pick-up available as late as 6 PM

AMFS Mi Historia: A Mariachi Celebration
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
4-7 PM | Concert starts at 5:30 PM
Michael Klein Music Tent - Aspen, CO
With special thanks to Title Sponsor, Querencia Private Golf & Beach Club in Los Cabos, Mexico
Special 75th Anniversary funding for Education and Community events by the Betty Wold Johnson Foundation

Join us in celebrating Mexican music, culture, and dance! Food and beverages available for purchase, plus drink specials for the adults. Bring a blanket for the lawn and grab your friends and family! The celebration is open to all ages. 

Workshop Lead:

Michael Linert, AMFS Mariachi Workshop Director (

Workshop Mentors:
A team of Denver-based and local Roaring Fork Valley music educators, teaching artists, and AMFS college musicians will lead students’ cultural, musical, and leadership development through clinics, rehearsals, and performance!

  • Michael Linert - AMFS Mariachi Workshop Director
  • Victor Becerra - Mariachi Style Co-Lead 
  • Luis Madrid - Mariachi Style Co-Lead 
  • Matt Martinez - Mariachi Style Co-Lead 
  • RaeLynn Martinez - Mariachi Style Co-Lead 
  • Isahar Mendez-Flores - Mariachi Style Co-Lead 
  • Priscilla Arasaki 
  • Camille Backman 
  • Melinda Baum 
  • Lindsay Bobyak 
  • Lupita Vidal Castro 
  • Lorraine Curry 
  • Chance Davis 
  • Andy Farmer 
  • Timothy Hsu 
  • Bill Ishee 
  • Veronica Janet Lopez 
  • Delaney Meyers 
  • Mateo Sandate 
  • Kasia Antosz-Solawa 
  • Javier de los Santos 
  • Heather Stanton 
  • Ashton Taufer 
  • William Trevizo 


Professional Workshop Ensemble:
Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra was formed to present something fresh and different from the groups active in the Denver area. On August 6, 1999, four young enthusiasts, Oscar R. Vaca, Jesus Ramirez, Raul Romero, and Vicente Romero, invested their trust and faith to their new leader, Juventino Romero. Sitting together, they planned an adventure that, with determination, practice, and hard work, bloomed into a powerful collaboration. Over time, they attracted more musicians, leading to today’s eight-strong mariachi ensemble.

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra enjoys a prestige that they have gained over the past twenty years. They have been a part of events at the National Western Stock Show, and for the past nineteen years have shared the stage with the Colorado Symphony in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo and Mexico's Independence on September 15 at Boettcher Concert Hall. In 2021, they were inducted into the Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame. The group has also accompanied great Mexican singers when they have performed in Denver. With a firm commitment to enacting the beauty of Mexican culture, Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra now prides itself on offering audiences their dedication, love, and passion for mariachi.

Juventino Romero - Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra leader:  At fourteen years of age, Juventino Romero began his first instrumental lessons with the guidance of his father, Vicente Romero. Along the way, he began attending music school in Mexico City, dedicating himself to the trumpet and taking vocal lessons. At eighteen, he began playing in the Garibaldi Plaza as a mariachi musician. During this time, he has traveled the world sharing his love for mariachi music. A year after getting married to his beautiful wife Juana, in 1995, they moved to Colorado and started their family. The first few years in Colorado were very difficult as they did not know many people or the language, and Juventino struggled to find a mariachi group in Denver that was passionate about transmitting the beauty and culture that comes from Mariachi music. In 1999, with the trust of four fellow musicians, he began Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra. Since then, Juventino has engaged with his community to spread the beauty of mariachi. He has taught in Denver’s public schools for seven years, and has led many workshops and classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He takes pride and honor in spreading Mexican culture through mariachi music. 


Presented with special thanks to lead sponsor, Querencia Private Golf & Beach Club, Los Cabos, Mexico

If you have any questions, please contact If you are an interested adult or educator interested in auditing the workshop, please email Lindsay Bobyak or complete this Google Form and we will be in touch.