Latin American Music Recording Competition

Guidelines for 6th Edition (2016)

  • The DEADLINE for the 2016 Competition Is Monday, December 7, 2015
  • Application package (2016) is available for download Form 1 & Form 2 
  • These Rules (2016) are available for download in PDF here 
  • In the next few pages, you will find all the necessary information for the competition, from how to apply to judging criteria. You may browse the entire document or click on the links to each section.
Please, e-mail the LAMC ( if you have any questions

1. Objectives
2. Eligibility
3. Prize
4. Application package
5. Important information, notices, and ineligible repertoire
6. The competition
7. Judging criteria

1. Objectives: The goal of the LAMC Recording Competition is to promote the knowledge and performance of music from all countries of Latin America, especially quality works that are less represented or lesser known.  [back to top]

2. Eligibility: The competition is open to currently registered students in a performance program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

 i. Vocal and instrumental soloists, as well as chamber instrumental and/or vocal ensembles, with or without conductors are allowed to participate.

 ii. Ensembles may include non-music majors and guests as collaborative performers (see below).

 iii. Winners of previous editions of the competition may only compete as collaborative performers.

 iv. Associate instructors or graduate assistants may enter the competition, but not those with faculty status.

 v. Soloists may have different collaborative performers during their program, if consistent with the concept of their project.

 vi. Chamber ensembles must include a minimum of two consistent performers, who will be featured in the title of the CD. The ensemble may have different collaborative performers during their program, if consistent with the concept of their project.

vii. Conductors may participate with ensembles that include a minimum of five performers.

a. A conductor may prepare a program involving different collaborative performers for different pieces.

b. For each work in the program, at least half of the ensemble must be comprised of students from the Jacobs School of Music. Guests from other IU departments may participate if necessary.

viii. Collaborative artists are musicians who are part of and contribute to the CD project and concept, but either do not participate in all pieces or are restricted to the role of accompanying or side musicians in the creative process. [back to top]

3. Prize:

i. One Grand Prize: the recording and production of a professional CD.

ii. Performance of the entire program in Auer Hall on Thursday, March 3rd at 8 pm, 2016

iii. The performer(s) must record the CD during the spring semester 2016; the recording might be scheduled as early as spring break (March 16th – 20th).

Note: Outside Concert Performances: The LAMC is occasionally asked by the Dean of the Jacobs School of Music and other campus/off-campus organizations for Latin American music related projects. The winners are expected to participate in these events if requested by the LAMC within a year of winning the competition.[back to top]

4. Application package: to be submitted by e-mail to the LAMC -

i. Forms 1 and 2

ii. Resume of the performer(s), conductor, or individual members of a chamber group: maximum of one (1) page per performer.

iii. Letter of recommendation by the applied music teacher: please ask your teacher to email it directly to the LAMC.

iv. Project proposal: 250-500 words explaining the relevance of the repertory chosen  for the competition (total of 50 to 60 minutes of music).

v. A 10 to 15 minute audio recording from the applicant’s chosen competition repertoire: it may be submitted as a physical CD or via email (mp3 or wave files accepted). [back to top]

5. Important information, notices, and ineligible repertoire:

i. Repertoire of all periods (Renaissance to present) and streams (Classical, Popular, Folk) are acceptable.

ii. Accepted semi-finalists are required to provide copies of the scores of the music they will perform in the semi-final and final rounds (physical or PDF copies accepted).

iii. The LAMC will favor previously unrecorded and less represented repertoire.

a. Well-represented repertoire is accepted as an element in a larger program.

b. Suggested repertoire lists are available for consultation at the LAMC.

iv. The following works cannot be proposed for the competition:

a. Any work originally for solo and orchestra, unless arranged by the composer for small forces.

b. Works that have been recorded by winners of the previous editions of the competition or that have been previously recorded and released as part of the recent LAMC recording series. Please check our Classical CD series here.

v. The recording will take place before the end of the Spring semester, after the winner’s concert; on a date to be decided between the LAMC and the artist(s) – Winner(s) must be available as early as Spring Break for recording if necessary.

vi. Winners are required to provide copies of the scores (physical or PDF) of the whole repertoire to be recorded before the winner’s concert

vii. Applicants are encouraged to take full advantage of the resources of the Latin American Music Center – please stop by or write to [back to top]

6. The competition

i. Applicants will send 10 to 15 minutes of recorded repertoire selected from the proposed project for the first round with scores by 12 pm (noon) on Monday, December 7th, 2015.

a. The jury will judge the proposals and the recordings and select the participants for the final round. The jury may make suggestions and counterproposals at its discretion. The decision cannot be contested once announced.

b. Finalists will be informed of the decision by Monday, December 14th, 2015.

c. Chosen candidates must confirm participation in the semi-finals by sending an email message to the Latin American Music Center ( by the Friday, December 18th, 2015.

d. The selection must consist of contrasting pieces or movements.

ii. Final Round: three (3) finalists, chosen in the first round, will perform in a public concert on Sunday January 31st, 4pm, in Auer Hall, 2016.

a. The three (3) finalists will perform a selection of 15 to 20 minutes from the proposed repertoire.

b. The winner will be announced the same day after the jury’s meeting - the winner(s) should be available to pose for a photograph at that time.

c. Shortly after the competition, the winner(s) will be contacted by the LAMC regarding the production schedule for the CD.[back to top]

7. Judging criteria:

i. Choice of Program and Concept’s Quality: The program must show a unity of concept and demonstrate the competitor’s research and imagination.

ii. Technical ability: Competitors must demonstrate command of their instruments and interpretive requirements of the pieces and programs. Showpieces are encouraged.

iii. Musical Style and Interpretation: The competitor must show an understanding of styles as appropriate to:

a. The historical period (Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Neoclassical, Modern, Postmodern, etc.).

b. Performance practices and regional inflexions, as appropriate (i.e. dance rhythms, diction, vocal placement, references to popular instrumental styles, etc).

c. Individual traits of each composer’s style. Programs that include one or more works of historical or stylistic importance are encouraged.[back to top]