High school students help nonprofit Harlingen Concert Association

HARLINGEN — Several students at the HCISD Media Arts and Communications Academy (MACA) have gained real-world experience this semester, while assisting the nonprofit Harlingen Concert Association.

Under the leadership of instructors Belinda Trevino and Patricia Guajardo, this win-win partnership included recording and broadcasting two HCA performances this spring and creating a promotional flier for the association’s 2018-2019 season.

The new flier, featuring information on concerts this fall and winter, has just been completed. Graphic Design Instructor Belinda Trevino guided MACA students from both Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South in creating draft designs, using photos and text provided by HCA.

After reviewing six different designs, HCA selected that of HHSS senior Cierra Morrisey, then worked with her to finalize it for printing.

HCA will use the flier as a handout at trade shows and events this fall, and to post on bulletin boards at local businesses. Morrisey, who plans to major in advertising at the University of Texas, will include it in her portfolio when she leaves for Austin in a few months.

Earlier this year, HCA worked with audio/visual production instructor Patricia Guajardo and her MACA students to record two performances by internationally-acclaimed touring artists.

First, on the morning of Feb. 21, HCA sponsored a free educational outreach program by the Three Redneck Tenors at the HCISD Performing Arts Center.

Music students from Treasure Hills Elementary, Lamar Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, both Harlingen high schools, and home schoolers were among those in attendance. The MACA students recorded and edited the hour-long performance for broadcast on KHGN (Channel 17), and provided the association and the Tenors with DVDs of the show.

MACA students were on hand again on the evening of March 9, for The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band concert at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium. This also was edited and broadcast on KHGN, and DVDs provided to HCA and the Strutters.

Working with local schools and cultivating interest in the performing arts long has been part of the Harlingen Concert Association mission.


This all-volunteer, nonprofit organization has been bringing internationally-acclaimed, touring artists to the Valley since 1933. Thanks to season ticket-holders and sponsors, these concerts are offered at very affordable, family-friendly prices.

For more info or to purchase tickets for the 2018-19 concert season, go to www.HarlingenConcert.com or contact the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd, (956) 216-5990.