Latin American Popular Music Ensemble

Latin American Popular Music EnsembleThe Latin American Music Ensemble (X414) is conceived as a creative workshop in the context of ensemble practice. The course explores original Latin American genres and their corresponding performance practices through the arranging and performance of masterpieces from both the popular and artistic repertoire. Experts in the field are regularly invited to coach with the ensemble. The ensemble presents one concert per semester complemented by invitations to perform around the city and state in both concert and educational events.

Please read below for guidelines to take this ensemble for X040 or X070 credit - 2 Credits


Carmen Tellez Artistic Director
Espen Jensen, Adjunct Lecturer, Music Directorr
Guido Sánchez, Resident Arranger
Tel: 855-2991

Meeting Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30p.m.

Fridays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Seminar Room 361, Music Library

The Latin American Popular Music Ensemble has been directed by José Mariano Morales Matos, Andrew Lázaro, Marcos Cavalcante, Gerardo Dirié, and Gustavo Bugni. It has performed with guest musicians such as Tito Puente and Aquiles Báez. In the last three years the ensemble has extended its repertoire to include music from more Latin American countries and from more diverse stylistic origins.

X414-Latin American Popular Music Ensemble in your academic program
  • The Latin American Music Ensemble can be taken for credit through the following courses. In every case the student must interview and audition with the Ensemble's Music Director, Carmen Helena Tellez:
  • As part of an Individualized Cognate or Minor in Latin American Music:   Register for X414
  • As an Elective in your regular curriculum:   Register for X414
  • As X450- Chamber Music Requirement: The student can request the Chamber Music Coordinator (Ik-Hwan Bae) to assign him/her to be coached by the Director of the Latin American Ensemble in the preparation of Latin American chamber music.
  • As X002- Pianists can request the piano assignments coordinator to accompany the Latin American Music Ensemble.
As Required Ensemble, registering for X040, by meeting either one of the prescribed conditions, as follows:
  • By special recommendation of the major teacher, in consultation with Tom Wieligman. Due to occasional shortages of some instruments, some restrictions may apply.
  • Guitar Majors can use the Latin American Music Ensemble as their default required ensemble without further request for authorization, if they pass audition with the ensemble's director.
  • Students who were not assigned to the orchestras, bands or jazz ensembles and who would prefer to perform in an instrumental group rather than be placed in chorus. The student may be placed in the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble after auditioning for its director.