Jeff Nevin, Ph.D.


Jeff Nevin, Ph.D., is an award winning classical composer whose works have been performed by the San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony, the California EAR Unit, the Peninsula Symphony, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, the Sol de Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and many other ensembles. Also a skilled performer, he is the founder and Artistic Director of Mariachi Champa–a Nevin, principle trumpet in the La Jolla Symphony, a frequent substitute with the San Diego Symphony and has performed with artists including Charlotte Church, Kenny Loggins, The Moody Blues, Garison Keilor and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Dr. Nevin's theater credits include Music Director for the world college premier of "Mariachi Quixote", the first musical with a full mariachi-music score, and Music Director for the La Jolla Playhouse Spanish and English productions of Lorca's "Blood Wedding".

Dr. Nevin received his Bachelor of Music degree in music theory and composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He later studied at Arizona State University, where he received his Master of Music degree in music theory and composition in 1992. He earned his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from the University of California at San Diego in 1998. Dr. Nevin is currently Professor of Music and Director of Mariachi Activities at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, where he is developing a mariachi curriculum that is the first such program of its kind. He has given lectures to music educators across the country on the subject of incorporating mariachi music into public school curricula, and he is the Artistic Director of the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Nevin's first book, Virtuoso Mariachi, was published by University Press of America in 2002 (available directly from University Press of America or and he is currently writing a full line of method books that will allow mariachi music to be easily inserted into "traditional"music programs anywhere.

See and read a profile of Jeff Nevin from the Tucson Citizen newspaper


Learn more about Jeff's work:

Mariachi Champaña Nevín

Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra, "Pasion Mexicana"

Virtuoso Mariachi book


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Jeff's Resume 7/2000


Contact Info:

Jeff Nevin • 619-888-9509 •

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