Founded in 1961 by distinguished composer and musicologist Juan Orrego-Salas, the Latin American Music Center is the oldest center of its kind in the United States.
The LAMC fosters the academic study, performance and research of Latin American art, popular and traditional musics.
Celebrating its jubilee year in 2011, the Center continues to expand its library and to promote exchanges between Latin American musical scholars and performers from the United States and the rest of the worl in addition to recording and commissioning exemplary new works by Latin American composers.
Following the retirement of Juan Orrego-Salas in 1987, composer Ricardo Lorenz became Acting Director between 1987 and 1992, when conductor Carmen Téllez became the Center's director.
In 2012, Erick Carballo assumed the role of Director A.I..