Who is Dr. Juanita Ulloa?
Singer, Juanita Ulloa (Juanita Martin Newland Ulloa) is a Voice Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, along with her private El Paso studio. Dr. Ulloa holds a doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado where her secondary emphasis was Hispanic Studies. She has pioneered vocal works from Mexico of both a ranchera mariachi as well as Classical repertoire on international stages in Spain, Mexico, Peru and the USA. Ulloa is a six -time winner of the Festival de la canción latinoamericana and has trained students for the finals in the same competition, along with many NATS and mariachi competition winners. Dr. Ulloa is devoted to sharing both classical and Hispanic song literature (Spain and Latin America), and has trained professional singers, interpreters, judges, voice-over actors, on camera and orators in diverse styles. She often represents the Mexican Consulate as a music ambassador singing special events around the USA, including 2017 Texas and New Mexico Performances at the Chamizal Theater in El Paso and Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces. She is currently under contract with Oxford University Press writing Teaching the Mariachi Voice & Mexican Song.
Dr. Ulloa is American born and was raised in primarily in Mexico City, also including early and adult years in Panama and Madrid, Spain. She has also worked as a piano accompanist and voice-over narrator for Pearson Music and Scholastic. She has sung regional lyric mezzo-soprano roles with Northern California opera companies: Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, Sacramento Opera, Mother Lode Musical Theater Company, Townsend Opera Players, Hayward Opera, Russian Opera Company of San Francisco, and more, prior to finding bigger national and international opportunities as a solo concert specialist in more diverse styles. Her training with Dalton Baldwin at the Nice Conservatory in France gave her the inspiration to explore and highlight vocal music from the world’s twenty-four countries that speak Spanish.
As a result of her touring, Dr. Juanita Ulloa found a unique niche as the High Priestess of Operachi in Hispanicpress.org with a trendsetting CD, Mujeres y Mariachi, and subsequent concerts in Spain, Mexico and all over the USA. She has likewise been honored as an artist in a class of her own, along with Santana (Mark Halstern, Hispanic Magazine), and is a leading female singer of Mexican “Ranchera” song and other vocal folk styles. Finally, Dr. Ulloa champions the works of Mexican female composers, María Grever, Consuelo Velásquez and Ema Elena Valdelamar, the last of which was her personal mentor in Mexico D.F., as featured in her CD on Mexican Female bolero composers entitled, Mujeres.
Dr. Ulloa has delved into music for children composing, recording and producing five CDs and three songbooks of songs that promote bilingualism. Two of them feature the mariachi vocal style. Four of these CDs were winners of Parent’s Choice, National Association of Parents Products (NAPPA), and Parent’s Council awards. Her work in this arena led to performances in major arts centers with children’s programming including the San Francisco Symphony (AIMS), Young Audiences, Luther Burbank Center, San Mateo Arts Center, and Young Imaginations, among others.
Dr. Ulloa has been active in the Latin Pops arena as a soloist with the Stockton Symphony (CA) under the baton of Peter Jaffe, Pasadena Pops (CA), La Jolla Chamber Orchestra (CA), and Macon Symphony in Georgia, plus numerous mariachi ensembles, with favorites that she recorded with, Mariachi Voz de America (Mujeres y Mariachi CD) and Mariachi Campanas de America (Canta mi son! Disney Award winning CD). Ms. Ulloa has presented nationally at universities, with National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and each year with the National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), along with performances, adjudications, and workshops in Mexico City. Her presentations also include workshops, master classes in Hispanic Vocal Music Styles, Differences in Vocal Training of Classical versus soft Belt styles, Accent Modification, and Vocal Power for Linguists and Interpreters. In September, 2016 she was featured at UNAM’s Facultad de música as an expert in Mexican Song at the Encuentro de la canción iberoamericana. Dr. Ulloa is presenting a worldwide single digital release of the María Grever song, Lamento Gitano accompanied by Euterpe, Flamenco Fusion Quartet in May of 2017 (Including Itunes). She will also perform and present on Gomezanda & Grever: A Contrast in Mexican Song at the October, 2017 Annual College of Music Society Conference (CMS) in San Antonio, Texas.
The singer holds previous music degrees from Yale University (BA, Music) and the University of California at Berkeley (MA, Music) with significant post-graduate training from the Nice Conservatory in France (Dalton Baldwin), Cal State Hayward, San Francisco State University, and Cal State Humboldt in Arcata, CA. Ms. Ulloa previously taught at Texas State University, University of Texas (San Antonio), Northwest Vista Community College in San Antonio, and Austin Community College in Texas, as well as Laney College in Oakland, California, her private studio and the Community Music Center of San Francisco, California. She is Level III Trained in Commercial Contemporary Music with Jeannie Lovetri’s Somatic Voiceworks from Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, D.C. Dr. Ulloa has benefited from vocal studies with John Nix, Ana María Ugarte, Dr. Melissa Malde, and is a life-long student of voice teacher, Jane Randolph of the San Francisco Conservatory. Her published dissertation is The Songs of Mexican Nationalist, Antonio Gomezanda.
In 2013-2014, Dr. Ulloa premiered new works for various contemporary composers, including works by Dr. Paul Elwood, as well as Mexico City based Grammy winning composer, Dr. Gabriela Ortiz with Canciones de Agua, and Dr. Eric Alexander of Colorado with three song settings with poetry by Gabriela Mistral. These works were premiered at the Open Space Festival of New Music. In 2014, Dr. Ulloa performed the roles of Madame Altiva in la Divina, as well as the Female Narrator from Walt Whitman’s Façade at the University of Northern Colorado. While in El Paso she has visited Mexico numerous times as an adjudicator of competitions and festivals (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Chihuahua, 2015), voice trainer and Mexican Song expert (UNAM, Facultad de música, Encuentro de la canción latinoamericana e iberoamericana, 2016), and offering master classes and History of Hispanic Song Presentations (UACJ-Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez; El Paso Community College).