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Juanita Ulloa - The High Priestess of Operachi

About Juanita Ulloa

World-Class Mariachi and Opera

Singer, Juanita Ulloa (Juanita Martin Newland Ulloa) currently teaches voice as a Visiting Assistant Voice Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is also a PhD Candidate in Vocal Performance/Opera from the University of Northern Colorado where her secondary emphasis is Hispanic song literature and performance. Ms. Ulloa has pioneered vocal works from Mexico of both a ranchera mariachi as well as Classical nature on international stages in Spain, Mexico, Peru and the USA and is known for her crossover abilities as well as founding the Operachi singing style for women. She offers recitals, concerts, master classes and teaching.

Ms. Ulloa is American born and was raised in primarily in Mexico City, but also in Panama and Madrid, Spain. She has sung regional lyric mezzo-soprano roles with USA Northern California based opera companies: Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, Sacramento Opera, Mother Lode Musical Theater Company, Townsend Opera Players, Hayward Opera, Russian Opera Company of San Francisco, and more, prior to finding bigger national and international opportunities in Mexico, Spain and Peru as a solo concert specialist in more diverse styles. Her training with Dalton Baldwin at the Nice Conservatory in France gave her the courage to explore and highlight vocal music from the world’s twenty-four countries that speak Spanish.

She is a six -time winner of the Festival de la canción latinoamericana and has vocally trained finalists in the same competition along with Texas State University’s first solo national mariachi champion in the Mariachi Extravaganza competition. While Ms. Ulloa is devoted to sharing her exhaustive knowledge of Hispanic song literature (Spain and Latin America), she trains professional singers in standard classical and opera styles as well, including judges, consuls, voice-over artists and International TV and radio commentators.

Ms. Ulloa often represents the Mexican Consulate as a music ambassador in special events around the USA. As a result of her touring, Ms. Juanita Ulloa found a unique niche as the High Priestess of Operachi in Hispanicpress.org with a trendsetting CD, Mujeres y mariachi, and subsequent concerts in Spain, Mexico and all over the USA. She has likewise been honored as an artist in a class of her own, along with Santana (Mark Halstern, Hispanic Magazine), and is a leading female singer of Mexican “Ranchera” song and other vocal folk styles. Finally, Ms. Ulloa champions the works of Mexican female composers, María Grever, Consuelo Velásquez and Ema Elena Valdelamar, the last of which was her personal mentor in Mexico D.F., as featured in her CD on Mexican Female bolero composers entitled, Mujeres.

Juanita Ulloa has delved into music for children composing, recording and producing five CDs and three songbooks of songs that promote bilingualism. Two of them feature the mariachi vocal style. Four of these CDs were winners of Parent’s Choice, National Association of Parents Products (NAPPA), and Parent’s Council awards. Her work in this arena led to performances in major arts centers with children’s programming including the San Francisco Symphony (AIMS), Young Audiences, Luther Burbank Center, San Mateo Arts Center, and Young Imaginations, among others.

Ms. Ulloa has been active in the Latin Pops arena as a soloist with the Stockton Symphony (CA) under the baton of Peter Jaffe, Pasadena Pops (CA), La Jolla Chamber Orchestra (CA), and Macon Symphony in Georgia, plus numerous mariachi ensembles, with favorites that she recorded with, Mariachi Voz de America (Mujeres y Mariachi CD) and Mariachi Campanas de America (Canta mi son! Disney Award winning CD). Ms. Ulloa has presented nationally at universities, with National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and each year with the National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), along with workshops in Mexico City. Her presentations also include workshops, master classes in Hispanic Vocal Music Styles, Differences in Vocal Training of Classical versus Mariachi Female Singers, Accent Modification, and Vocal Power for Linguists and Interpreters. The singer is currently a PhD Candidate from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds previous music degrees from Yale University (BA, Music) and the University of California at Berkeley (MA, Music) and has significant post-graduate training from the Nice Conservatory in France, Cal State Hayward, San Francisco State University, and Cal State Humboldt in Arcata, CA. Ms. Ulloa previously taught at Texas State University, University of Texas (San Antonio), Northwest Vista Community College in San Antonio, and Austin Community College in Texas, as well as Laney College in Oakland, California, her private studio and the Community Music Center of San Francisco, California. She is Level III Trained in Commercial Contemporary Music with Jeannie Lovetri’s Somatic Voiceworks from Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, D.C. Ms. Ulloa has benefited from vocal studies with John Nix, Ana María Ugarte, Dr. Melissa Malde, and is a devoted, life-long student of voice teacher, Jane Randolph of the San Francisco Conservatory.

In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Ulloa premiered new works for various contemporary composers, including Mexico City based Grammy winning composer, Dr. Gabriela Ortiz with Canciones de Agua, as well as Dr. Eric Alexander of Colorado with three song settings with poetry by Gabriela Mistral. Both events were premiered at the Open Space Festival of New Music. She also performed “Deux Extremities” by composer, Dr. Paul Elwood. Ms. Ulloa has sung Spanish zarzuela selections internationally, and more recently enjoyed singing the role of the Female Narrator from Walt Whitman’s Façade at the University of Northern Colorado. For recordings or more information, listen to her CDs on ITunes, or visit juanitamusic.com or operachi.com.


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La cantante y cantautora Juanita Ulloa ha sido aclamada como la Excelsa sacerdotisa de Operachi en la revista Hispanicpress.org por su exitoso CD “Mujeres y Mariachi”. Al mismo tiempo ha sido considerada como “una artista con un estilo muy personal” junto con Santana (Mark Halstern, Hispanic Magazine) y es una de las primeras cantantes mejicanas de “rancheras” que ha sabido combinar este género con la interpretación y enseñanza de la canción clásica española y latinoamericana. A la vez funge de profesora vocal en la Unviersidad de Texas de El Paso and Texas para inspirar a futuros alumnos con las bellezas del repertorio altinoamericano.

Juanita Ulloa funge de Profesora de interpretación vocal (“Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice”) en la Univrsidad del Texas en El Paso, Texas de los EEUU. Ha estudiado en las prestigiosas Universidades de Yale (BA, Music) y Berkeley (MA, Music), realizando estudios de posgrado en el Conservatorio de Niza (Francia) Cal State Hayward, San Francisco State University y Cal State Humboldt. En mayo del año 2016 se le otorgará título de doctorado en la interpretación vocal y ópera de la Universidad del norte de Colorado. Ha dado numerosos recitales en Madrid, Barcelona y Granada. También ha participado como solista de música popular latinoamericana y mariachi en Estados Unidos, Méjico y Europa.Ha escrito tres libros de canciones y editado siete CDs que han sido distribuidos por New Sound Music (Allegro Corporation). Ulloa ha participado igualmente en papeles operísticos de Northern California con Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, Sacramento Opera, y Mother Lode Musical Theater Company, entre otros. Trabaja igualmente con papeles de voz en off y como autora ha realizado contratos y grabaciones con importantes editores y entidades como Bank of America, Reader Rabbitt, Mailboxes, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill, Scholastic Books y Silver, Burdett, Ginn (Pearson Music).

Juanita Ulloa ha enseñado en las Facultades de la Universidad Estatal de Texas, La Universidad de Texas de San Antonio (acompañante) y Northwest Vista Community College. Actualmente está realizando sus estudios de doctorado en interpretación vocal en la Universidad del Norte de Colorado con la doctora Melissa Malde. Ulloa interpreta tanto repertorio de mariachi como repertorio sinfónico con orquestas como la Stockton Symphony (CA) bajo la dirección de Peter Jaffe, Pasadena Pops (CA), La Jolla Chamber Orchestra (CA), y Macon Symphony (GA)), además de numerosos ensembles de mariachi en Mexico y USA, con su repertorio favorito: Mariachi Voz de America (Mujeres y Mariachi CD) and Mariachi Campanas de America (Canta mi son! CD).

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