Director Jose Longoria is an award-winning performer and educator, and the director of Mariachi Imperial de America. With Mariachi Imperial de America, Longoria has performed internationally in Canada, China, India, and Armenia, and has won awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. As an educator, Longoria directs the Mariachi Bicentenario at Sam Houston MSTC in HISD, which has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and featured on Univision and Fox 26 among other notable performances.
"I am honored that the UH community has entrusted me with developing the Mariachi program," states Longoria. "I'd like to personally invite all interested students at UH to be part of this experience!"