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.

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    Gustavo Ahualli

    Director of the Latin American Music Center

    Faculty Profile

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    Tom Rohde

    Graduate Research Assistant


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    Giampiero Bugliarello, D.M.A.

    Visiting Scholar


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    Shannon Page Baez



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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Latin GRAMMY Grant

The Latin American Music Center was awarded a $5000 grant from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® through their Research and Preservation Grant program. This grant funds the project “Digitizing and Documenting the Collection of The Latin American Music Center at The Catholic University of America,” which supports the necessary ongoing archival and cataloguing work of the LAMC. Through their generous support, we are able to continue to preserve our unique collection of Latin American music. Final Report to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.