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
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
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