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Applied Music Faculty

Mariachi Voice

Michelle Quintero


Professor Michelle Quintero teaches mariachi voice for the Latin Music Studies area at Texas State University. She is a fourth-generation Mariachi musician and the granddaughter of Mariachi pioneer, Pedro R. Moreno. After an extensive performing career, Miss Quintero joined the Latin Music Studies area in Fall 2010. A native of San Antonio, TX, she brings decades of experience to our program.

Miss Quintero received her Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance and music education from The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, followed by a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Texas State University.

After years of experience performing and learning with her grandfather’s Mariachi, Miss Quintero became an active member of Mariachi Campanas de America from San Antonio TX. As part of this well-known mariachi group, she performed, toured, recorded, and taught at national and international Mariachi conferences. She was also an Artist in Residence at Fiesta Texas performing with Mariachi Campanas de America for their renowned and revolutionary folkloric show, Festival Folklorico. Along with her busy performing schedule, Miss Quintero was also part of the innovative education team that first brought Mariachi education into the classroom. She is a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator for many Mariachi workshops at various conferences and universities throughout the United States.

Miss Quintero maintains a private Mariachi voice studio where she teaches a wide range of students. For years, her students have placed and/or won at various vocal competitions including the annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza competition in San Antonio. At this competition, many of her students have been named "Best in the US" winners which is the highest honor given. As a vocal coach, she has worked with many well-known recording artists that have received Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations.

Finally, along with her active university vocal studio, private voice studio, clinician and adjudicating schedule, Miss Quintero serves as the Music Specialist for DeZavala Elementary school in the San Marcos Independent School District. Professor Quintero remains actively involved and passionate about teaching Mariachi at all levels, from elementary through university, and beyond.