General Contact Information

Phone: (812) 855-2991

Merrill Hall - MU 117
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 47405

Staff Information

Among the staff of the LAMC are individuals with backgrounds and abilities that complement each other, from research and performance to music business and production. All staff members speak English and most speak or are conversant in Spanish and/or Portuguese.



Javier F. León, Director


Javier F. León received his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Director of the Latin American Music Center of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His work has been published in multiple journals, including Latin American Music ReviewBlack Music Research JournalEthnomusicology Forum, and the volumes Music and Cultural Rights (2009), A tres bandas: mestizaje, sincretismo e hibridación en el espacio sonoro iberoamericano (2010), and Música popular y sociedad en el Perú contemporáneo (2015). He is also the editor of the special Music and Neoliberalism issue in the journal Culture, Theory and Critique (2014) and of A Latin American Music Reader: Views from the South (2016). His research interests include the relationship between Latin American music, cultural policy, archives, heritage safeguarding, race and the neoliberalization of the culture industries in Latin America.



Juan Carlos Arango (
Born in Colombia, Juan Carlos Arango received his degree in oboe with Vaclav Vinecky at the University of Brasilia, Brazil and studied dulcian with Michael McCraw at Indiana University's Early Music Institute. He is the co-director of Ensemble Lipzodes, an early music groups that explores new directions in early music utilizing voices and winds.



Paul W. Borg, Lecturer 
Dr. Paul Borg is Professor Emeritus from Illinois State University.  There he taught various music history courses for the School of Music and was presented with the College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award.  Recently he has served as Coordinator for the Latin American Music Center of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  His musicological research interests include Latin American Music and, in particular, the music of colonial Guatemala. 



Sarah Elizabeth Cranor (

Sarah Elizabeth Cranor currently directs the Latin American Ensemble through the LAMC, which explores the intersection of European classical music with the colonization of the New World. Sarah performs regularly with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and has been music director for the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. Recent and upcoming collaborations include Alchymy Viols, Burning River Baroque, ¡Canta, Bogotá, Canta!, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, the Michigan Bach Collective, the Princeton Festival, the Berwick Academy of the Oregon Bach Festival, the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble, the Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie, Sun Sneeze New Music, and “fresh inc” festival for new music. Sarah is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at JSOM in Historical Performance with Stanley Ritchie.



Jonathan de la Cruz (

Jonathan De La Cruz is a native from Eagle Pass, Texas. He is currently a Masters student in Jazz Studies at the JSoM. He is also a recent graduate from Texas A&M University – Kingsville where he attained a degree in Music Education.  Currently Jonathan freelances and plays with student groups that includes a big band, jazz combo, Cuban Son septeto called "Soneros la Caliza, and directs Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste at Indiana University.


Emma Dederick, William & Gayle Cook Music Library Liaison (


Iván Maceda ( 

Born and raised in Mexico City, Iván Maceda is currently a Music Education PhD student at IU. His research interests are curriculum design, effective practice, and guitar teaching. He holds a master's degree and a performer diploma in Guitar Performance from Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music.



Alejandra Martínez (
Alejandra Villarreal Martínez, soprano, hails from Los Angeles, California. Concert credits include performances at the National Council de la Raza, collaborations with the Bloomington Orchestra, and repeat engagements with the Cleveland One World Festival and Long Beach Opera. Favorite opera credits include Cristina Kahlo (Frida), Salud (La vida breve), and Branghien (The Love Potion). She performs regularly throughout Monroe County and Brown County with Reimagining Opera for Kids. This Fall, she will make her debut at The Palladium with the Indiana Wind Symphony. Recipient of the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale 1st Prize, Ms. Martínez is a 3rd-year Doctoral Student at the Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Jane Dutton.




Christine Wisch (

Christine Wisch is a Ph.D. Candidate in musicology.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and Spanish from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in musicology from Indiana University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century Spain and issues of patronage and nationalism. Previously, through the Musicology Department at IU, she taught M501, a graduate-level proseminar which included a unit on the music of Colonial Spanish America.