Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
William C. Galvez
William C. Galvez, a mestizo child from the small town of Uhland, Tx, started his musical journey playing guitar in an after school mariachi program at Hemphill Elementary school in 2002. He would begin to play professionally with two of his teachers groups such as Mariachi Suroeste (2007) and Mariachi Relampago (2008). In 2010 he would relocate to San Antonio, Tx to continue studying mariachi music with Juan Ortiz of Campanas De America. In 2013 he competed in the “Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition” where he was awarded Best Mariachi Vocalist in The U.S. by “Lo mejor Mariachi Del mundo” Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan. This granted him the opportunity to open for the group for their Texas tour in 2014.
In 2014, he also began working for SWISD as an Armonia/Vocal specialist and in 2015 as an violín consultant for the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio. He quickly discovered his passion for teaching during this time, which would inspire him to return to San Antonio College in 2016 to study Voice and Music Education.
While focusing on his classical studies, he would also help establish the community colleges award winning mariachi program “Mariachi Estrellas del Alamo” as one of its founding members. This would prepare him for his next musical venture in 2019 for the Houston Grand Opera. Auditioning with 2 of his colleagues for the newly written “El Milagro Del Recuerdo”.