Jessie Vallejo, Mariachi Instructor
Dr. Jessie M. Vallejo is currently an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of Mariachi Ensembles in Cal Poly Pomona’s Music Department. Her research areas focus on Native American music in Ecuador, the U.S. and Canada, and mariachi music. Dr. Vallejo has also worked as an applied ethnomusicologist, co-producing, annotating, and providing photography for Smithsonian Folkways’ 2013 release ¡Así Kotama!: The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador. In addition to her research and teaching, Jessie is an active violinist in the Los Angeles area who performs regularly with mariachi groups.