Dinorah's lifelong artistic work began as a child in Mexico City. Coming from a musical family, at the age of three she joined the church choir and performed for family and friends. With her parents’ encouragement, she continued to immerse herself in music and the performing arts through high school. Due to the harsh economy that her family suffered at times, at a young age she earned money by singing and playing the guitar on the buses and subways of Mexico City, and by the age of 14, she became a professional lead singer with various working bands.
When Dinorah migrated to the U.S. at the age of 25, she was faced with cultural and language barriers, but she needed to make connections in music. She joined Mariachi Las Adelitas in Los Angeles, a female Mariachi band founded and directed by a male musician. Soon after, she decided to create an exclusively all-female band, Mariachi Las Alondras. This experience was incredibly educational, and her love and appreciation for Mariachi music grew. The ability to enable women of various backgrounds to learn about this traditional music that has been male dominated for over two centuries, and play it for diverse audiences, was truly rewarding. Mariachi Las Alondras had the honor of playing at the Hollywood Bowl’s Mariachi Festival USA, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL, and the Alma Awards, where they shared the stage with musical legends like Sheila E., Patti LaBelle, Celia Cruz, and Stevie Wonder. Family reasons required her to move away, but the Mariachi continued to find success and eventually turned into the highly successful and impactful Mariachi Divas.
Dinorah's journey continued to grow as an artist and she joined jazz, flamenco, rock, blues and Latin bands in the two cities she lived in from 2000 to 2007, Ann Arbor, MI and Denver, CO, while continuing to perform as a soloist in restaurants, festivals and concerts. During this time, she produced two studio albums, Querido Huapango in 2003, and Ojos de Amor in 2006. These albums feature tributes to songs that played an important role in her career, her family’s history, and heritage. Ojos de Amor also features original songs.
Currently located in Sacramento, CA, Dinorah has become a staple in music and entertainment. She founded and directs Dinorah's band and Mariachi Bonitas de Dinorah Klingler, and produces the annual Mariachi Festival de Sacramento.
Dinorah also performs as a soloist and with a duet in various events, bars, restaurants, festivals, casinos, festivals and more.
Dinorah is also a mentor to the youth artistic group "El Arte De Amar", is a consistent contributor to the Mexican Consulate for artistic affairs, and to the Latino Center for the Arts and Culture as an artist and musical director for their various cultural programs such as El Coro, Artist Corps, Dia De Los Muertos and Dia De Los Ninos celebrations since 2008 until now. Dinorah is also a music and vocal instructor for Casa De Espanol and Mariachi Puente, a student Mariachi group based in Davis, CA. Dinorah also produces various other musical and cultural festivals, and dedicates a lot of her time to volunteer work, including with organizations like Girls Rock and Casa de Espanol.
Honoring entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their community.
Honoring a woman who achieves success despite unfavorable circumstances.
The list includes individuals who have done exceptional work to promote equity, strengthen community ties and amplify the voices of the region.
First annual Encuentro Nacional e Internacional de la Mujer Mariachi, Gobierno Municipal de Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico
Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California
El Arte De Amar
Assemblymember Kevin McCarthy, 2015.
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