About Música Mariachi

Residential summer music camp || Ages 10-15 || Beginners welcome!

An exciting new summer music camp for beginners (no prior experience necessary) presented in partnership with the Latino Cultural Arts Center that explores the musical cultures of the Americas.

In 2022, expert faculty members will guide students in the study of mariachi within a supportive and inspirational environment, to broaden a student’s musical experience and knowledge.

Need-based funding and scholarships are available.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition (includes lodging and meals):
$1,250

Application Fee:
$85

Optional Fees:
Bedding and bath linens (includes twin fitted and flat sheets, pillowcase, blanket, and a bath towel): $85

Audition Requirements & Deadlines

No audition is required for this program.

Application Deadline

  • January 15, 2022: Early Bird Deadline Phase One: apply by January 15 for a $75 discount on your tuition (if accepted)
  • February 15, 2022: Early Bird Deadline Phase Two: apply by February 15 for a $50 discount on your tuition (if accepted)
  • March 15, 2022: Final Deadline

After March 15, 2022: Applications accepted on space available basis. Please call our office at 303-449-1106 to check on space availability

Location and Address

This summer residential music camp takes place at our Estes Park campus:

465 Longs Peak Rd

Estes Park, CO 80517

Rocky Ridge Music is located near the base of Long’s Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park. It is just off of Highway 7, about 4 miles south of Estes Park and 6 miles north of Allenspark.

From Highway 7, turn west onto Longs Peak Road, which is at mile marker 9. There is a sign there that says, “Longs Peak Area.” Drive about 1/3 mile to our entrance on the right.

Driving from Denver:
From Denver, take I-25 North. Exit onto Highway 66 West. At Lyons, take Highway 7 to Allenspark (left). Total drive time from DIA to RRMC is about 1 1⁄2 hours.

Driving from Northern Colorado:
Driving west on Highway 34, you’ll drive through the Big Thompson Canyon and into Estes Park. At the big intersection, take Highway 7 South.

Daily Schedule

Sample Daily Schedule (Subject to change!)

7:15 to 7:45 am Breakfast

 

8:00 to 9:50 am  Mariachi Fundamentals – group class

 

9:50 to 10:00 am Snack

 

10:00 to 11:00 am Ensemble Rehearsal

11:00 to 12:00 pm Breakout Sectionals

 

12:00 to 1:00 pm Lunch

 

1:00 to 2:00 pm  Mariachi Topics

 

2:00 to 3:00 pm Recreation time!

 

3:00 to 3:45 pm Private Lessons 1/Practice

3:45 to 4:30 pm Private Lessons 2/Practice

4:30 to 5:30 pm Ensemble Rehearsal

5:30 to 6:15 pm Dinner

 

6:15 to 7:00 pm Practice Time

7:00 to 8:00 pm Special topics series

Student and Family Handbook

Visit our handbook page for the important forms and information you’ll need before arriving on campus!

COVID-19 Policies

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Application Deadline

  • Still accepting applications!

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Faculty
Marialuisa Meza-Burgos
Guitar, Guitarrón

Marialuisa Meza-Burgos

Música Mariachi Program Director
Instruments: Guitar, Guitarrón Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music from Metropolitan State University of Denver
Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre, Contemporary Performance from Naropa University

Mari Meza-Burgos is an actor, singer and musician from Colorado. Mari has spent most of her life on stage performing music from the regional sounds of Mexico, also known as Mariachi.  She currently is a member of Colorado-based female Mexican trio, Las Dahlias.  Mari  has also been in many productions at Su Teatro, has worked with Curious Theatre Company and has traveled to Egypt where she played in a multilingual version of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and obtained an MFA in Theatre, Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Mari is currently working with the Latino Cultural Arts Center as Music Coordinator where she is making music education more accessible to BIPOC students.

Tung Pham
Trumpet

Tung Pham

Música Mariachi Trumpet Faculty
Instruments: Trumpet Education: Boston Arts Academy
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Masters of Music Education, University of Colorado Boulder

Tung Pham hails from Boston, Massachusetts where he cultivated his love of music at the Boston Arts Academy and University of Massachusetts Lowell. Upon graduation, he was involved with various local groups including Ivy Hill (funk), New Philharmonia Orchestra and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band. Upon moving to Colorado, Tung pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a music teacher by completing his master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. During this time, Tung founded Gora Gora Orkestar (balkan brass band) in 2009 and since has participated in many local, regional and nationwide festivals.

Tung is also an active sideman for Colorado based groups and has appeared with The Widow’s Bane (folk), Mile High Brass Band(brass band), Dizzy with a Dame (swing), Rampart Street Stompers (traditional jazz), The Dollhouse Thieves (rock) and Los Correcaminos. Today, Tung is an instrumental music teacher at Denver East High School where he teaches adapted music and leads bands, orchestra and mariachi.

Priscilla Arasaki
Violin

Priscilla Arasaki

Música Mariachi Violin Instructor
Instruments: Violin Education: Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder
Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin

Priscilla Arasaki holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in Music Studies from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Primarily a violinist, Priscilla has studied with Strelsa Burks, Eugene Gratovich, and Harumi Rhodes. She has received teacher training certification through the Suzuki Association of the Americas with Christie Felsing, Susan Baer, Ed Kreitman, and Mark Mutter.

Priscilla is currently the Orchestra and Mariachi director at Sunset Middle School in the St. Vrain Valley School District. She began teaching Orchestra in Austin, Texas and then moved to Colorado, where she gained an interest in mariachi music and performance. This led her to establish a mariachi program at Skyline High School, and then continue to increase the presence of mariachi ensembles throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Priscilla is also a member of Las Dahlias, an all-female musical group that performs mainly mariachi music. This group has been featured with the Colorado Symphony, performed for Governor Polis’ Inaugural Blue Sneaker Ball, and continues to promote mariachi music throughout the Front Range.