Vianey C. Rivera is a violinist from Houston, Tx. She started in afterschool music lessons to later joined a mariachi ensemble in Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), a non-profit organization committed to the healthy development of under-served & represented families.
Vianey earned her Music B.A. at UNT in 2018 and was involved with the Student Society of Ethnomusicology at North Texas (SSENT). She presented her following works at the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains Chapter Conference during her studies: "Me la quemo: Aesthetic Values within the Working Mariachi" (2017) and "The Significance of Applying Traditional Mariachi Training Methods in Modern Mariachi Education" (2018). Her research discusses cultural identity, the need for community engagement, and how music training/education can be relevant for people outside of the music profession. Vianey is pursuing an M.A. with a concentration in Ethnomusicology at UNT. She will also serve as a teaching assistant.
Vianey started teaching as a middle-school mariachi director at Grand Prairie ISD in 2018. She later transitioned to Houston ISD at Lewis Elementary School in 2019. While teaching general music, Vianey worked alongside the Houston Symphony's Community Engagement program to establish a violin instruction program. Also, she worked with MECA to establish a mariachi program as an essential element of the area's feeder pattern and an integral participant in the local community.
Vianey has worked with mariachi ensembles such as Mariachi Rebelde (Houston) and Mariachi Allende (Denton). She has accompanied artists such as Alicia Villarreal, Maribel Guardia, and Ana Barbara.