Founder and Vihuelist
Mariachi Buhos de Oro was founded in August 2015 by Alejandro Sifuentes. Mr. Sifuentes studied Music Performance on Oboe at Kennesaw State University, where he met some of the members in the Mariachi. He has a decade of experience in the music industry and has a passion for mariachi music.
Jonathan Urizar studied Violin Performance at Kennesaw State University, where he served as the symphony orchestra's concertmaster for two seasons. Jonathan studied with Juan and Carol Ramirez of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Helen Kim. He is frequently invited to perform as guest concertmaster in various orchestras in the southeast. In addition to maintaining a small private studio, he performs most frequently with The Greenville symphony, as Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and most recently won the position of Concertmaster for the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Arce has played violin for a over a decade and has been performing with Mariachi Buhos de Oro since it was founded. He studied Nursing at Kennesaw State University, where he met Alejandro Sifuentes. He truly embodies the spirit of Mariachi when he performs.
Carolina Sifuentes, also goes by Nina, is originally a cellist who is studying music at Kennesaw State University. She has always admired the unique bass lines in Mariachi music and started to perform on the guitarron in January 2017. Since then, she has been focusing on mastering Guitarron technique and has performed countless times with Mariachi Buhos de Oro. She has also had to great opportunity to collaborate with the Atlanta Music Project for their "Oboes and Friends Benefit Concert 2018". Currently, Nina is studying vihuela and voice training,
Violinst/SingerSusan Irais Reyes, native of Kennesaw, Georgia, is a music educator, performer, and photographer. She is currently enrolled in the School of Music at Kennesaw State University as a music education major with a concentration in strings, and has been involved in several of the school's renowned ensembles, including the KSU Symphony Orchestra, Mixed Chamber Ensembles, Chamber Singers, Opera Theater, and has served as concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Outside of school, Susan is quite active in the Metro-Atlanta area as a freelance performer of violin and voice. She has frequently been hired as a violinist/soloist for numerous churches, weddings, neighboring schools, and other miscellaneous ensembles. Susan is also the current Violin, Viola, Cello, and Voice instructor at the Paulding Music Center. She currently studies violin under the tutelage of Kenn Wagner (1st violin of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and in the past, has studied with Valerie Walters (New England Consort of Viols, Atlanta Opera Chorus), Leah Partridge (Metropolitan Opera), Kimberly Rosquist (Atlanta Opera Choir), and Paul Hedman (Suzuki Violin Studio).
Currently, Susan is involved in several performing groups around the Atlanta beltline. She is a violinist, singer, and a founding member of the group, "Mariachi Búhos de Oro." Through Buhos de Oro, she has performed several times for the General Consulate of Mexico, has performed at the Atlanta’s History Center’s Day of the Dead celebration, and has been featured on the program RaceVoz Radio. Buhos de Oro has also been heavily involved in promoting mariachi music in Metro-Atlanta Public Schools. Along with her heavy involvement with traditional mariachi, Susan is also a violinist and vocalist in the rock band "Sarah and the Safe Word," which just released a new album entitled Strange Doings in the Night, produced by Bradley Walden of Emarosa. They have recently performed a sold-out show at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, and will be performing at the Warped Tour Atlanta date at the request of the tour’s founder, Kevin Lyman.
Jesse Baker is a freelance musician in and around the Atlanta, Marietta and Kennesaw areas in Georgia. He received his bachelor's degree in Music Performance cum laude from Kennesaw State University in May 2016. As a trumpet player, he enjoys performing a wide variety of musical styles varying from classical, jazz, mariachi, salsa and pop.