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Mariachi Ocelotetlán Concert Fundraiser for Juan Treviño Scholarship at First Presbyterian Church​

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 23, 2014Mariachi Ocelotetlán and the Department of Music at The University of Texas at Brownsville will treat the community to a fundraiser concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville.

Proceeds from the concert will go toward the church’s Juan Treviño Music Scholarship Fund, named after its beloved pastor of nine years, Juan F. Treviño, Jr., who passed away in September 2009.

Antonio Briseño, Mariachi Music Director for the UTB Department of Music, said the ensemble enjoys performing its annual concert at First Presbyterian.

 

“The audience is always receptive, and the musicians especially enjoy playing for the benefit ​of their peers’ scholarships,” Briseño said. “Our students are ready to put on a good show for mariachi lovers, and who knows, we mig​ht produce a few mariach​i conv​erts.”

Sund​ay’s ​concert​ will open​ w​ith “El Gusto,” a son Jarocho;​ other selections include ​“T​e lo Pido Por Favor,” a canción popular, “Un Rinc​oncito en el Cielo,” a ranchera Valseada, “Conv​énceme,” a canción ranchera, “El Jaripeo,” a son Jalisciense, “Niña Amada Mía,” a bo​lero, and many other favorites. The concert will conclude with “Nueva Guadalajara,” a son Jalisciense​.

The Juan Treviño Music Scholarship is awarded to UTB music students, both voice and instru​mental, who contribute to the church music program under the direction of Braulio Amaro, a 2006 UTB graduate. Also the Music Director at Skinner Elementary, Amaro began at First Presbyterian as a Treviño Music Scholarship student, and​ took on the position of church Music Director after receiving his degree.

“I felt at home at the First Presbyterian Church from the start,” Amaro said. “Juan [Treviño] was such a charismatic person, and the church members were always warm and inviting. I owe a great deal to the program and the church that not only helped me complete my college education, but also allowed me to continue growing as a musician in a professional capacity amidst genuine, caring people.”

Senior music education major Cassandra Andrews, originally from Trinidad, came to UTB to study guitar under Dr. Michael Quantz, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Music.

“The scholarship has been a financial lifeline of sorts,” Andrews said. “It ​has literally been the difference between enrolling and not enrolling in past semesters. On the other side of the financial significance is the sheer enjoyment of the experience. It has afforded me the opportunity to develop other musical skills beyond my instrument and to be guided by an extremely knowledgeable and engaging musical director. I am so grateful to the church and Mr. Amaro for these opportunities. I'd have to say that this has been the most fulfilling ‘job’ I have had.”

A December 2013 graduate of UTB, Steven Fry was a Treviño Scholarship recipient over the past two years. He said he enjoys being a part of the choir – so much so that he continues to participate on Wednesdays and Sundays even though it is no longer required by his scholarship.

“It has been a tremendous and enriching experience, not only from a musical standpoint, but also because of the meaningful relationships that have developed,” Fry said. “Upon receiving the scholarship, I was immediately welcomed by the choir members as one of their own. Being a part of the church choir has helped me become more well-rounded as a performer, an educator and musician. I am extremely grateful to our conductor, Braulio Amaro, the choir members, the church pastor, and the smiling faces of the congregation who are so appreciative of our art.”  

Concert tickets are $10. First Presbyterian Church is located on Elizabeth Street at the corner Palm Boulevard. For more information, contact the church office at 956-542-3564.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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