Examining the Musical Interactions between the U.S. and Latin America

A Conference in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the
Indiana University Latin American Music Center

Carmen-Helena Téllez, Director

Oct. 19-23, 2011

For conference updates, please consult the Program Page.
For travel information to Bloomington, please visit our Travel Page.

As a celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Indiana University Latin American Music Center presents a conference on a broad range of topics addressing historical and current musical exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America.

Papers and presentations will discuss the effects and impact of musical exchanges between the US and Latin America, addressing diverse historical periods and repertoire streams (art-, urban, popular or traditional music; film and  commercial music; etc.), and aspects of the musical phenomenon (such as compositional style, specific works, aesthetics, analysis,  documentation, reception, migration, performance practice, etc.)


  • The education, career, reception and documentation of Latin American composers in the US
  • Shifting identities, institutions and border culture between Mexico and the United States from the 16th century through the present
  • Impact of composers, conductors, performers, festivals, foundations, and institutions from the United States on Latin American musical developments and vice-versa.
  • Cross-cultural impact of the rise of commercial music, radio, film and other media between the US and Latin America
  • Impact of American technology on composition and dissemination (e.g. Instituto Torcuato di Tella,Columbia University Electroacoustic music, commercial music)
  • Cross-over between classical and popular genres and aspects of cross-cultural marketing and reception
  • Atlantic Studies relevant to Latin American-US exchanges
  • The legacies of Gerard Behague (in memoriam) and Robert Stevenson
  • The legacies of the Latin American Music Center (Juan Orrego-Salas, Guillermo Espinosa)

The conference will also include performances of works by composers Elbio Barilari, Roque Cordero, Gerardo Dirié, Mario Lavista, Tania León, Gustavo Leone, Alfonso Montecino, Julián Orbón, Gabriela Ortiz, Juan Orrego-Salas, Ileana Pérez-Velázquez, Astor Piazzolla, Roberto Sierra, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.

The proposal submission period is closed and the LAMC has replied to all applicants. We would like to thank everyone for their submissions, enthusiasm and receptivity.

We invite scholars, music professionals and students, as well as the audience of lovers of Latin American music to attend the conference events. The latest version of our conference program is available in our Program page.

For further information, please write to lamc [at] indiana.edu

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