Monica Fogelquist was born on July 9, 1983. She began studying the violin when she was 7. When Monica was 12, she began studying mariachi music. Monica played with Mariachi Huenachi, a student mariachi from Wenatchee, WA, until she graduated from high school. Aside from participating in her school’s mariachi program, she was an active member of the school choir and vocal quartet. Monica joined Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles in August of 2001. She graduated from Whittier College in May of 2005. She currently teaches mariachi music at the public schools of Chula Vista, CA. She hopes to return to school soon and pursue a Master’s Degree and Teaching Credential in the area of Spanish.