Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor

Dr. Andrés Amado

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Álvarez

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa


Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles is widely recognized as the premier all-female mariachi in the world. In my thesis, I examine the gendered implications of a female group directed by a man and their relation to Mexican and Mexican American gender ideologies. Many of the ideas on gender roles traditionally inculcated in previous generations of Mexican and Mexican Americans are still manifest in the ways in which the group functions. Through my personal testimony as a former member, and accounts by other past and present members of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, I argue that Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles has given women a voice in the mariachi world, but the voice is that of one man's interpretation of the ideal female mariachi musician.


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