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Alberto Ranjel, III

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Music Bldg, Room 109
520-621-1655

Alberto Ranjel, III has been a pillar of the mariachi community for nearly his entire life. Known for his dynamic stage presence, vocal prowess, and violin precision, he is also a respected arranger, composer and educator. Even in his teens, he was already sharing the stage with the best of the best: Adalberto Gallegos, Mariachi Cobre and Mariachi Los Camperos, to name a few. In the past decade, Alberto has dedicated himself to the training of young mariachis, becoming a champion of the art form that many gravitate to for his knowledge, experience, and insight.

He has long served as the musical director of El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson, where he has been a member for sixteen years. Alberto has overseen performances not only across the United States and Mexico, but organized tours in Japan, Italy and Austria, bringing the art form to dozens of cultures and peoples for the first time. A true ambassador of music, Alberto also arranged pieces for Mariachi Tapatio to perform with the Sons of Orpheus, one of Tucson’s prominent men’s choirs The resulting concerts were a truly unique and beautiful union of classical and folk music, praised by fans of both genres.

Alberto is also an alumnus of the revered Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos. Always eager to give back, Alberto served as co-director of the group from 2006 to 2011, with his brother Luis. He was an artist-in-residence at Salpointe Catholic High School from 2005 to 2007, serving as director of Mariachi Monarca de Salpointe during that time. Since 2000, Alberto has been a favorite teacher and clinician at both the Tucson International Mariachi Conference and the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference.

His greatest contributions to education occurred from 2008 to 2014. As a faculty member at Tucson High Magnet School, he was the director of Mariachi Ariztlan de Tucson High, and also taught music theory, guitar and choir.

Alberto’s musical achievements extend beyond the mariachi world, giving his technique and performances a one-of-a-kind perspective. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona in 2005, a top student of world-renowned tenor Grayson Hirst. A tireless performer, he appeared in productions of many operas, such as “La Rondine,” “The Student Prince,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” and “The Medium.” Wanting to improve his teaching skills, he went on to earn Secondary Teaching Certification in Music and English for the State of Arizona in 2008, and then a Master of Education Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University in 2012. 

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Arizona Arts

Jeehey Kim, assistant professor of art history at The University of Arizona School of Art, and Yuanyuan (Kay) He, assistant professor at The University of Arizona School of Music, will receive their “Early Career Scholar Awards” from the university on Feb. 28 at Crowder Hall.

This award recognizes early-career faculty members at the forefront of their disciplines for highly valued contributions to teaching, creative activity, and service. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

Kim created a symposium series centered on the history and practice of photography in Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He created the immersive, multimedia project StellarScape and the annual TURN UP Multimedia Festival.

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Jeehey Kim, assistant professor of art history at The University of Arizona School of Art, and Yuanyuan (Kay) He, assistant professor at The University of Arizona School of Music, will receive their “Early Career Scholar Awards” from the university on Feb. 28 at Crowder Hall. 

This award recognizes early-career faculty members at the forefront of their disciplines for highly valued contributions to teaching, creative activity, and service. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

Kim created a symposium series centered on the history and practice of photography in Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He created the immersive, multimedia project StellarScape and the annual TURN UP Multimedia Festival.

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The renovated Marroney Theatre reopens this week with the debut of Sweeney Todd by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, celebrating the newly christened stage named in honor of one of our most beloved alumni, actor Craig T. Nelson. 

The theatre has new seating, state-of-the-art screening equipment, and a sound system. These updates will allow the venue to double as one of the most technologically advanced film screening rooms in Tucson. Plus, there are upgrades to the east entry, lobby, box office, and restrooms.

“The reopening of the Marroney Theatre marks an important milestone for the Arizona Arts Master Plan,” said Andrew Schulz, vice president for the arts. “We have upgraded a space used by generations of theatre students and soon by our film students as well. 

All of this was made possible thanks to the generosity of private donors as well as university leadership who provided critical matching funds.

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