Saturday, April 19, 2014


Jeff Nevin Biography



Jeff Nevin, Ph.D., is a professional classical trumpet player, mariachi trumpeter and soloist, a conductor specializing in the interpretation of Mexican music, and an award-winning composer whose works have been performed by the San Diego, Colorado, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, San Bernardino, Key West, East Texas, Santa Rosa, Idaho Falls, Baja California and La Jolla Symphonies, as well as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and many other ensembles.  Together with Mariachi Champaña Nevín, he has established a reputation for presenting the highest quality classical and mariachi music performed with the mariachi ensemble alone, soloing with symphony orchestras (presenting traditional Mexican, classical and original music), and appearing with world-renown singers including Placido Domingo, Aida Cuevas, Fernando de la Mora, Jorge Lopez-Yañez and others.


Dr. Nevin has soloed with and/or conducted orchestras including the San Diego, Colorado, Aguascalientes, San Bernardino, Santa Rosa, East Texas, Idaho Falls, Baja California and La Jolla Symphonies.  He performs regularly as a trumpet substitute with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera, and was principal trumpet with the La Jolla Symphony for more than 10 years.  Along with the San Diego Symphony he has shared the stage with world-renowned artists including Burt Bacharach, Dave Brubeck, Kenny Loggins, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Moody Blues, Charlotte Church, Garrison Keillor and many others.  He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School with Charles Bruck, and was Music Director for the La Jolla Playhouse Spanish and English productions of Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” as well as “Mariachi Quixote”, the first musical with an all mariachi-music score.


Dr. Nevin earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Illinois, Arizona State University and UC San Diego respectively, and he is currently a Professor of Music and Director of Mariachi Activities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, where he devised and is now offering the world’s first college degree in mariachi music.  He was named “California Multicultural Music Educator of the Year” for 2007, and he accepted the position of Director of Youth Music Programs for San Bernardino’s Sinfonía Mexicana in 2008.  He is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of mariachi education, mariachi history and mariachi trumpet techniques, including appearances at the International Trumpet Guild’s 2004 convention, at the 11th annual Encuentro de Mariachi in Guadalajara, and state or national music conventions in California, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.  He has been featured on BBC Ratio, Univisión, Televisa, Síntesis, and MSNBC television, KPBS radio and television, in the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications.  And he has established a relationship with the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, consulting and offering exchanges to help them build a mariachi program patterned after the one at Southwesten College.


Dr. Nevin’s first book, Virtuoso Mariachi (University Press of America, 2002), was called “A major milestone in the history of mariachi music” by the Tucson Citizen newspaper, and he has written a comprehensive set of method books, Mariachi Mastery (Neil A Kjos Music Company, 2006), that is used to teach mariachi music in classrooms across the United States and Mexico