Mariana, or Mari, is from Concord, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a recent graduate from the University of San Diego, with a BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, and a minor in Comprehensive Music. While at the University of San Diego, Mari was the president of the Folklórico and Mariachi Association, as she has been dancing Folkórico since the age of 5. She is also the founder and musical director of the USD A Cappella Club, while continuing to sing in the Bay Area a cappella group Aca-word. At USD, Mari sang soprano in the Choral Scholars program and Concert Choir, and played flute and piccolo in various ensembles, such as Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, and Jazz Band.
Over the last few years, Mari has dedicated her time towards connecting with her Mexican heritage, and her passions for applied theatre and border advocacy. She has been traveling to Tijuana with the community music group Common Ground Voices/La Frontera, while studying and practicing theatre of the oppressed and community music applications, to connect and work with those affected by the border crisis. Mariana is thrilled to be at Villa Musica, and excited to connect with this musical community.