Grammy Foundation to host HCISD workshop

HARLINGEN — Meet Lisa Morales.

Rolling Stone magazine described the singer/songwriter and producer as “one of the most multifaceted artists to watch in 2018.”

And yes, students really can meet her on Tuesday along with other performers and music industry professionals at the Grand Outreach Event presented by the Grammy Foundation at the HCISD Performing Arts Center.

“It’s going to be a fabulous event,” said Ronnie Rios, director of music for the Harlingen school district.

“This will be their very first time in the Rio Grande Valley,” Rios said. “I am extremely excited and feel very grateful that our students have an opportunity to explore all the opportunities the music industry has to offer.”

Grammy Award-winning performers and staff will conduct a series of workshops in four categories: creative, production, business and technology. Morales will have plenty to share, having toured with Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Lila Downs and many others.

She will be joined by Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Abelardo Rivera; Nick Landis, chief mastering engineer at Nick Landis Mastering; and Jaime Cavazos, a top audio engineer from Monterrey, just to name a few.

“This will bring opportunities and create avenues for those students interested in music careers after high school,” Rios said.

The event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is open to juniors and seniors, but outstanding sophomores also will be considered, Rios said. Students at the Harlingen Performing Arts Conservatory will only need to be excused from morning classes.

“Students can see various career paths and have knowledge of different career paths without leaving their hometown,” Rios said. “We’re very lucky. We’re very grateful that it’s here.”

The district’s music students seemed to appreciate the significance of the event.

“I think it’s a very wonderful opportunity,” said Maya Wilson, 17, a senior at Harlingen High School South and a clarinet player in the HCISD Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m glad they’re coming down here because down here we don’t have many opportunities to meet people like this,” she said. “These are professionals obviously so I hope they are going to inform me some more on how I can become more successful in the music field.”

Students interested in the workshops should approach their music instructors.