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 n 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.

The Latin American Music Center gratefully acknowledges the support and collaboration of the following:

  • Inter-American Music Council (CIDEM),Maestro Efraín Paesky, Secretary General; and Inter-American Music Friends (IAMF), Maestro Efraín Paesky, Executive Director.
  • Fundación Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuela, for its generous donation of scores, books, periodicals, and recordings to the LAMC.
  • Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Association of Iberoamerican Cultural Attachés, Washington, D.C.
  • Presencia, diario boliviano, La Paz, Bolivia, Lic. Alvaro Zuazo, Gerente Comercial. E-mail:
  • Gaceta Universitaria, diario peruano, Alberto Ñiquen Guerra, Editor. E-mail:
  • Gaceta Iberoamericana, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Dr. Raúl Miranda Rico, Director-Editor. Tel/Fax: 301-926-7848.

Research rules:
  • Archival material does not leave the LAMC. (Archival material includes that belonging to the Pan-American Union, Parker, and Stevenson collections)
  • Catholic U. students may borrow one score at a time; those outside the Catholic U. community may use material onsite only.
  • All scores must be signed out. Sign out sheets are located in the binder on the desk near the window. 
  • Loan period is three weeks.
  • All material is due before final exam period. 
  • If items are not returned, borrowing privileges will be revoked.
  • Returns should be placed on the brown desk by the large window. 
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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 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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    Archives and Research

    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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