Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin salutes Juan Francisco Rodriguez, Seguin High School Class of 2020! We are very proud of Juan for his dedication to learning the art of being a Mariachi musician. He is a member of the inaugural mariachi group that started the Seguin ISD program while at the Saegert 6th Grade Center. He is well versed in the following instruments: violin, guitar, and vihuela. Although this is the first year as a member of the Mariachi Juan Seguin advance class, he was a tremendous asset to the armonia section. Upon graduation he will enter the workforce in the construction industry. He looks forward to learning everything about the industry and hopes to one day own his own home construction company.
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin salutes Jerry, Seguin High School Class of 2020! We are proud of all his accomplishments in and out of the classroom. He excelled in Science and Math and was able to maintain an A average throughout his high school career. Jerry has been a member of the Matador Cross Country and Track team for four years. He is a two time Region 4 Regional Cross Country Qualifier, two time Cross Country 26-5A 1st Team All-District member, Academic All-District, 2018-2019 Matador Cross Country Co-MVP, 2019-2020 Matador Cross Country Co-MVP, 2019-2020 Matador Track Co-MVP, Student Council Student Body Secretary, Robotics Head/Lead Builder and a member of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Team. Jerry was also a member of 2018 SAYLA (Seguin Area Youth Leadership Academy) and an altar server at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Jerry has been a member of the Ballet Folklorico De La Rosa for 7 years and Conjunto Juan Seguin for 3 years. Jerry is a skilled dancer and accordion player who has also been a dance intern for three years. He has worked with our youngest Ballet Folklorico De La Rosa dancers and is a role model to many. He has a wonderful way of connecting with students, keeping them engaged in learning and always has a smile on his face. He takes the time to teach students individually when they are experiencing difficulty with a step and always has an encouraging word to share.
Jerry will attend Texas Lutheran University where he work towards earning a Bachelor of Science degree and majoring in Physics. His ultimate goal is to obtain a Masters of Engineering degree in Geospatial Systems. We wish Jerry the best of luck!
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin salutes Joel, Seguin High School Class of 2020! Joel has been playing mariachi music since the 6th grade and is a member of the Mariachi Matador Varsity group, Mariachi Juan Seguin Advance group, and has served as a Teatro mariachi intern and assistant instructor. Joel is a skilled armonia player mastering the Vihuela, Guitar, Guitarra de Golpe among other instruments. Yvonne De La Rosa, Teatro Executive Director stated, "We have watched Joel blossom into an amazing musician and instructor. He will be a great asset to the field of music education and we look forward to his return one day as one of our mariachi directors." Joel has earned various awards but one he is most proud of is the Gaspar Vargas Award which is given out during his mariachi banquet. This award was given to him for his desire to become a music educator. He also received the plaque for being in the top group for Region Mariachi.
Joel will be attending San Antonio College where he will study music and then will transfer to Texas State University to earn his Bachelors in Music in Music Studies. We wish Joel the best of luck!
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin salutes Phoenix, Seguin High School Class of 2020! Phoenix has been a member of the Seguin ISD Mariachi Program for the past 6 years. Through his 4 years of high school he has also been a member of the Mariachi Matador Varsity group.
Phoenix has been a member of Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin's Mariachi Juan Seguin from 8th grade to 10th grade and then rejoined the program again his senior year. Phoenix has been a joy to have in the program and we will definitely miss seeing him on a weekly basis. He has dedicated countless hours honing in on the artistry and musicianship of playing the violin. Mariachi Juan Seguin's co-diretor, Rafael Alarcon Jr. had this to say, "Phoenix has the character of both strength and compassion. When he puts his mind to something he will finish with tenacity and vigor. When a friend or classmate is silently suffering he will be the shoulder to lean on. He has a special way of showing he cares, while not expecting nor expecting any recognition for it."
Phoenix will be attending Northwest Vista College and plans to transfer to Texas A&M Corpus Christi to major in Marine Biology and minor in Veterinary Science. We wish Phoenix the best of luck!
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin salutes Julianna Rodriguez, Seguin High School Class of 2020! Julianna was the section leader for the Mighty Matador Marching Band, as well as, the first chair saxophone player in the school’s top band, which is wind ensemble. She is also the photo editor for the Seguin High School yearbook department, student news publication, Cricket Chirps which is the oldest student news publication in Texas. Through her experience in journalism she found her true passion and can't wait to use it to build on a career for herself.
Julianna has been a member of the Ballet Folklorico De La Rosa for the past 11 years and has been a great asset to not only her class but also numerous other classes. Julianna is currently the Dance intern for our Wednesday 6:30pm and 7:30pm class where she assists artistic director, Beto Rincon. She can be seen working closely with students to help them learn a step, mentor to them about the importance of school, and always with a smile on her face. Beto Rincon states, "Julianna is respectful, reliable, likable, observant and reflective. She has volunteered her time at our Summer Art Camp and knows the positive impact Teatro programming has on our community." We have watched Julianna grow through the program, watched her excel in the classroom, on the marching field, and in the studio at Teatro's Cultural Arts Center.
Julianna will be attending Texas State University and will join the Communication and Journalism School. She will be majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Communication Studies. After college she hopes to get a job in public relations and/or work for a major corporation as the Director of Advertising.
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin salutes Sophia Sauceda, Seguin High School Class of 2020! We are proud of all her accomplishments which includes being in the Top 10% of her graduating class. She is extremely active in and outside of school. She is a member of Mariachi Matador, the SHS Flag Runners, National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Theta Honor Society, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and CCD program, and Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin. Sophia Sauceda has been a member of the Mariachi Juan Seguin for the past 5 years and has excelled in mastering the violin, reading music, playing from memory and becoming a leader in the organization.
Sophia is also a Mariachi teaching intern with our beginner/intermediate classes. She is very professional and is always there to help make her students better musicians and feel successful. She can also be seen in class working closely one on one with a student who may be experiencing difficulties with a measure of music and on the other hand giving praises to students who have mastered a piece of sheet music. She also commands her class with little to no supervision by the directors. She is a sponge when it comes to learning about teaching students and implements what she learns from the directors she works closely alongside.
Sophia as a mariachi student is dedicated, determined, and always strives to do her best during rehearsals and during performances. She is a leader amongst the group and is highly regarded by her directors, as well as, by the entire organization. She comes to class prepared and does what it takes to improve each week. She also helps motivate the violin section to do their very best week in and week out.
Sophia has donated countless volunteer hours to Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin over the past 4 years by helping set up and tear down for numerous cultural events in the building. She has helped in different capacities during fundraising events and on a weekly basis sets up the Teatro building for all Mariachi classes that are held in the building.
We wish her well as she headed to Boulder, Colorado to attend the University of Colorado to major in Aerospace Engineering and minor in Mathematics. She wants to design/build planes and rockets using mathematical equations, data, and statistics. After graduating from college she looks forward to striving to earn her Master’s and PhD in Aerospace Engineering.