Upcoming Events

Salón latino Chamber Music Series: 
Art Song of Mexico, featuring Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano

Auer Hall
Thursday, November 15 • 8 p.m.

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New Year, New Classes and Ensembles!

Interested in expanding your knowledge of or performing Latin American music?  Check out our Fall 2018 course listing for information about classes to take.


NME-UNAM Collaboration poster

The LAMC is proud to help sponsor Indiana University's New Music Ensemble (NME) in its performance in Mexico at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). The concert will be part of the events to celebrate the inauguration of the new IU Gateway Office in Mexico City. The NME will perform a concert of new music written by IU and UNAM affiliated composers, including a piece by Gabriela Ortiz. Members from the noted Ónix Ensemble, the UNAM Anacrúsax Saxophone Quartet, and baritone Zachary Coates will perform alongside NME as guest artists.



(Please click the thumbnail to see a full version of the concert poster.)



The LAMC congratulates staff member Alejandra Martínez on winning the first prize in the Jacobs School of Music Innovation Competition.  Alejandra, a DM student with a major in Voice Performance, won the competition with ¡La Capitana!, an opera project that explores identity politics and focuses on creating a diverse and sustainable audience for the art form. The theme of the opera celebrates Latinxs, typically underrepresented in opera audiences, as well as women, who make up a majority of opera attendees.

¡La Capitana! was also recently selected as one of eight operas awarded a prestigious Discovery Grant from Opera America. Read more about this honor and award here.  






Congratulations to Michael Spiro and Joe Galvin on the release of their CD Bákini: En el Nuevo Mundo.  The CD, which is a collection of contemporary Afro-Latin folkloric music, was made possible through a grant from IU's Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA) and is a joint collaboration between the LAMC and IU Music.

To purchase your copy or to hear snippets of these exciting tracks, check out the album on CD Baby or on iTunes.

Check out the teaser promo video here or a full-length video interview with the two artists here


Welcome to the LAMC

Founded in 1961 by the Rockefeller Foundation, under the direction of 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.  In partnership with the Cook Music Library, the center helps to manage one of the largest archives of 20th century Latin American art music in the world, which includes unpublished scores, original manuscripts, rare recordings, and a number of important special collections.In addition to its archives and related library resources, the LAMC offers a series of free public concerts and guest lectures, sponsors courses and performance ensembles featuring Latin American music content, hosts visiting scholars and performers, produces its own recordings, and organizes periodic music competitions, festivals, and conferences. These activities are designed to promote the broad diversity of Latin American music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as the exchange of music, ideas and individuals between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Following the retirement of Juan Orrego-Salas in 1987, composer Ricardo Lorenz served as Acting Director between 1987 and 1992. For the next two decades, the LAMC was under the direction of Carmen Téllez, who served until 2012. Erick Carballo served as director between 2012 and 2014. Paul Borg was appointed the interim coordinator of the Latin American Music Center in 2014. Since 2015, the Latin American Music Center has been under the direction of Javier F. León.