Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Tejano Conjunto/Norteño Music Convening

Sat, October 2, 2010 | South Texas College, Mid-Valley Campus, 400 N. Border, Weslaco, Texas

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Tejano Conjunto/Norteño Music Convening

Texas Folklife and the Border Studies Club of South Texas College, Mid-Valley Campus, will host a bi-national convening to examine the history and current state of Tejano Conjunto and Norteño music with an engaged group of musicians, scholars, cultural workers, media professionals and the public from both sides of the border.  The convening, which is free and open to the public, will review the common history of these cultural markets, the way the musical styles have influenced each other over the years and are affected by economic forces, and highlight models where enthusiasts of both styles of music have been able to co-exist in harmony.

The program includes music history lectures by renown ethnomusicologists: Dr. Manuel Peña (California State University-Fresno) on Tejano Conjunto music, Guillermo Berrones (Secretaria de Educación Pública, Monterrey) on Norteño music, and Dr. Cecilia Ballí (UT Austin) and Dr. Catherine Ragland (UT Pan American) on the recent developments of both styles of music.  Musicians, promoters, media and recording professionals, cultural workers and academics will engage in panel discussions.  Participating musicians include Ramiro Cavazos, Julian Garza “El Viejo Paulino,” Cirilo Luna “El Palomo,” Grammy Award-winning Joel Guzman, and more.  Other confirmed participants include Francisco Ramos (Governor’s office of the State of Tamaulipas), Elsa Sanchez Sosa (Instituto Cultural Reynosense), Dr. Victor Aureliano Zuñiga (Universidad de Monterrey), Amancio J. Chapa (La Joya ISD), and Rogelio Nuñez (Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center).  The program will naturally end with music by young band Conteño of Brownsville, featuring Juan Longoria Jr., winner of the first Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, and more.  The dance will be held in the Pavillion of the Mid-Valley Campus of South Texas College.

All lectures and panel discussions will be held at the Lecture Hall (G191) of the STC Mid-Valley Campus and are free and open to the public.  A $15 lunch donation is optional.  For more information, call (512) 441-9255 or visit

The Tejano Conjunto/Norteño Music Convening is presented and sponsored by Texas Folklife, the Border Studies Club of South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus, the Center for Mexican American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Texas and Texas Commission on the Arts.  Additional support is provided by the College of Education and Humanities of the Universidad de Monterrey, the Instituto Reynosense para la Cultura y las Artes, the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Masters of Music in Ethnomusicology Program of UT Pan American, and the Department of History and Philosophy and Mexican American Studies Program of South Texas College.

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