The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC) was created to promote the study, research and performance of Ibero-American music. This includes the compilation of a complete and specialized library of scores, books, and recordings of Ibero-American music and fostering the exchange of students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists, and music educators between Ibero-American countries, North America, and the Caribbean region.

Through the Center, musicians from the Americas come together with the essence of their own cultures to investigate, exchange, develop, perfect, and promulgate their musical knowledge and gifts as a means of better understanding one another through mutual respect of the peoples and arts of our hemisphere.

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, in full cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Music Council, founded the Center in 1984, to offer graduate degrees in the full range of music studies with concentrations in Latin American music.

The LAMC has developed and enlarged a Visiting Professorship Program by accepting scholars and professors from the Americas and Spain to research and offer lectures and performances.

The Catholic University of America has established cooperative agreements with Universidad Austral of Buenos Aires and with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Podcast with the Director

Naxos en Español in conversation with Director Professor Gustavo Ahualli
"Past, Present and Future of the Latin American Music Center" (in Spanish)
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  • Music Scores

    Giving and Acknowledgments

    A large part of the collection and scholarships has been generously donated by artists, scholars, and lovers of the music of Latin America.

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    Programs of Study

    The Latin American Music Center is the only institution in the Americas to offer a minor in Latin American music on the master’s and doctoral levels.

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  • Students in Latin American music class

    Students and Alumni

    With a considerable increase in Latin American student enrollment, and the addition of new doctoral students, the Center provides a strong, supportive atmosphere. 

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  • Professor researching at Latin American Music Center

    Research and Archives

    The Center maintains a library of scores, books, and recordings of Latin American music and fosters the exchange of ideas among students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists, and music educators.

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    International Activities

    The Center develops continuously acquaintances with important Inter-American and international music organizations.

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