Nydia Gonzalez & Martha Montoya

Nydia Algazzali Gonzalez is a professional performer and teacher. She has dedicated decades to learning and teaching traditional forms of Mexican music and dance from master instructors in California and Mexico. Nydia specializes in various traditional genres including Son Jarocho and Mariachi. She is active in the traditional sonero community and is one of the founding directors of the all-women group Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano. Nydia has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, and has published nationally replicated curricula linking Mexican music and dance with academics. She is passionate about making the arts accessible to all people.

Martha Montoya is a dynamic musician, vocalist, and educator who has specialized in Mariachi music since she was a child. She has performed with various groups in California including Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Divas, and Mariachi Orgullo Femenil Mexicano and has performed in such notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall. Martha continues to grow as a musician, arranging and composing for the mariachi genre and co-producing a CD with Mariachi Orgullo Femenil Mexicano. With a B.A. in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, Martha teaches private music and voice lessons.