Jose Flores, MM

Director of Mariachi Ensemble


Jose Flores received his bachelor's degree in music education and master of music education degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been teaching in the Washoe County School District for 14 years. In 2002, he started the only public school mariachi program in Northern Nevada. He was the Reno Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra music director from 2005-2008.

In 2001, Flores received the Distinguished Performance Award from the Washoe County Teachers Association. He was the recipient of the Excellence in Education 2002 Teacher of the Year Award through KRNV News Channel 4, Northern Nevada Medical Center and Sierra Schools Credit Union. In addition, he was awarded the United States Senate Certificate of Commendation, Teacher of the Year 2002 and the United States Senatorial Recognition Award, Teacher of the Year 2002.

Flores was selected as the Teacher Fellow for 2006 by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He spent two weeks in Washington, D.C., attending workshops, seminars and concerts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and throughout the nation's capital. In addition, Flores worked with conductor Elizabeth Schulze (music director and conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and prior associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra) and the Kennedy Center's Summer Music Institute Orchestra.

He has been a guest conductor of various honor bands and serves as an adjudicator in solo and ensemble festivals throughout Northern Nevada. Flores also teaches private saxophone lessons to students in the area.


  • MM, music education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.A., music education, University of Nevada, Reno