SAN ANTO: Conjunto Heritage Taller Newsletter

Conjunto Heritage Taller

January 2010
In Memoriam

Emilio Aguilar Sr.

Co-founder of Los Aguilares

Conjunto accordionist legend Emilio Aguilar Sr. and co-founder of Los Aguilares passed away December 27, 2009. The music of Los Aguilares is part of a great legacy to conjunto music. The Conjunto Heritage Taller will honor the memory of Emilio Aguilar Sr.

Thanks to our Business Supporters.

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Students of the Conjunto Heritage Taller

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The Board and staff would like to wish to all the students and supporters of the Conjunto Heritage Taller a Happy and Prosperous New Year. The New Year brings us many new hopes and dreams for the Taller along with many new challenges.

The new year affords us a new book with a clean slate and hopefully we will fill the pages with new accomplishments and new memories in 2010. We hope to see all of you at our events and performances throughout the year and again we wish each and everyone of you a prosperous New Year.

Board Member Adela Flores

Conjunto Heritage Taller Board member Adela Flores is currently the Executive Director of Hispanas Unidas, a non-profit organization that serves Latina women and girls in San Antonio. Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Adela has a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. After working in the non-profit and government sector for several years, she attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Mid Career Program and received a Masters in Public Administration. Adela has worked in the field of Latina/o Leadership Development for over 15 years in Washington, DC, Denver and San Antonio. She continues to be involved in the community through service on various boards and organizations. She is the proud mother of one son, Andres.

Ms. Flores is the present secretary of the Conjunto Heritage Taller board. The Taller is happy to have her as a member of the Board of Directors.

Taller Student Ms. Mary Valdez

Ms Mary Valdez has been a Taller accordion student for six years and has performed at many of our events and community performances. She has a generous spirit that loves to perform for senior citizen groups and children groups. She shares her stories with many of our young students which makes her an integral part of our intergenerational programming that is a major aspect of the Conjunto Heritage Taller. The Taller is proud of Ms. Valdez and her commitment to the history of conjunto music and the organization.
Conjunto Heritage Taller will host Regional Big Squeeze Competition on February 5, 2010.

Conjunto Heritage Taller will collbaorate with the Texas Folklife Resource Center in Austin Texas in hosting the San Antonio Regional Big Squeeze Competiton on February 5, 2010 at Casbeers in the Southtown Arts District. The winner of the San Antonio Regional audtion will be going to the Statewide squeeze off in Houston Texas.

The "Big Squeeze" is open to non-professional accordionists 21 and younger. Contestants will be judged by a panel of esteemed music professionals on song interpretation, technical skill, originality, execution, and stage presence. Interested players are encouraged to reserve an audition slot at a venue in their region by contacting Texas Folklife. Those who cannot attend an audition may also mail or e-mail their entries to arrive at Texas Folklife by March 29, 2010. The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online at or by calling (512) 4410in Austin.

Semifinalists selected from the audition and mailed in tapes will be given travel stipends to take part in the Semi Finals held on May 1st at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. At that time, up to four finalists will be awarded $250 each and an expense-paid trip to Houston to compete before an enthusiastic audience of 6,000 accordion fans at the "Accordion Kings & Queens" on June 5th. The "Big Squeeze" 2010 grand-prize winner will be selected at the concert by the panel of judges with help from the audience. The grand prize winner will receive a prize package valued at $3,000, including a $1000 cash prize, travel expenses to Houston and a day-long recording session at the historic SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston, as well as promotional support from SugarHill, Hohner, Inc. and Texas Folklife, and other professional opportunities.

Saturday Classes are Back!!!

Accordion master instructor Mr. Lorenzo Martinez is back teaching his class on Saturdays. The class will meet every Saturday from 10:30am – 1:30p at the Taller studio located at 725 S. Presa.

We would also like to congratulate Lorenzo on his recent retirement after 27 yrs of service to the NEISD.
We encourage anyone interested in attending our Saturday class to come and visit. The cost of the class is $40.00 a month and students of all ages are welcome to attend. For more information please contact our office at 210-212-8560 or email us at conjunto.h.taller

"Musica Tradicional for Youth of All Ages"
Thanks to all our Supporters

Conjunto Heritage Taller
725 South Presa
San Antonio,Texas 78210
210 – 212-8560

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2 Responses to “SAN ANTO: Conjunto Heritage Taller Newsletter”

  1. i presently taking an accordion lesson every wk. or every 2 weeks with martin sanchez who took lessons from benny medina. i am practicing and loving the button accordion. i have the honer black panther. i have left my email address and would love to be kept in the loop of accordion/conjunto happenings. thank you
    sincerely, mike kusbel

  2. Mike I played a honer black panther for a semester at school too, time is the constraint now with me wanting to learn.

    In the next coming month Texas Folklife will be having auditions throughout the state, starting this weekend in the RGV in San Benito.

    You can follow the big squeeze on twitter!/BigSqueezeTX

    or texas folklife on facebook 🙂!/texasfolklife

    The Semi Finals will be in Austin– you should try to check it out!


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