Founded in 1961 by distinguished composer Juan Orrego-Salas, the Latin American Music Center maintains one the largest collections of Latin American concert music 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 world. In addition, we perform, record and commission 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. In 1992 conductor Carmen Helena Téllez became the Center’s director.