Registration is open for Folklorico and select Mariachi classes only!

El Mariachi Canta Vocal Competition

The historic Wednesday Night Participants Dinner is being crafted to a new program format. Dinner will not be provided, but the event will include many of the traditional elements with an exciting NEW ‘ VOCAL’ competition featuring a performance by professional headliners of the conference!. There is no cost to registered participants and additional tickets will be available for $10 purchase prior to the event (online), during registration and at the event. Audience participation will be a factor in the final round, so bring your family and friends!!

Submission Guidelines

  • Two categories for entry: Grades 3-8 and Grades 9-12
  • Those submitting for the vocal contest MUST BE paid registrants of the 2019 Tucson International Mariachi Conference PRIOR to submission.
  • Contestants must submit two standard mariachi songs from the following categories:
    • Son
    • Huapango
    • Ranchera
    • Bolero
  • Videos, uploaded and sent to:
    IMPORTANT:  Record video (using phone or camera); Upload to YOUR personal YouTube channel; Make the video as ‘Unlisted – anyone with link can view’ so that it’s not public; Copy link and email to
  • Limit of 4 minutes per song.
  • NO KEY CHANGES after submission. Contestants must sing in the same key as submitted entry.
  • Popurri’s excluded from submission.
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  March 27, 2019 at midnight.  Finalists to be announced on the website April 1, 2019, allowing Mariachi (judges) a week to select competitors.
  • Distinguished judges to select 5 from each category to compete in the Wednesday night competition.
  • Live Mariachi will accompany all singers.
  • Audience participation will be a factor in the final judging.
  • Winners will be announced the day of the event.


  • 2020 TIMC Scholarships
  • 1st Place (Both Categories): $250 Gift Certificate to Mariachi Clothing Company
  • 2nd Place (Both Categories): $100 Gift Certificate to Mariachi Clothing Company
  • More Prizes to be announced!