(Bio as of August 2021)
Erendira Izguerra (Tía Carmen) founded Chicago’s first all-women mariachi, Mariachi Sirenas in 2017 and Illinois’ first collegiate mariachi, UIC Mariachi Fuego in 2014, with the goals of keeping Mexican traditions alive. Izguerra has performed with Grammy Award-nominated Sones de México Ensemble, Emmy Award winner Orbert Davis and Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlán. She was music director for audio drama podcast Brava (Make-Believe Association) and has led workshops on mariachi music and history. She hopes to one day bridge her interests of education and performing into a music school of her own.