The LAMC proudly hosts the LAPME (Latin American Popular Music Ensemble).

Dedicated to the performance of Latin American repertoire, the ensemble explores original Latin American genres and their corresponding performance practices through arranging and performing pieces from both the popular and classical repertoire.

In order to perform an extended and large variety of repertoire from Latin American, the LAPME often receives as guests faculty from Indiana University in addition to having its own arrangers and composers in residency. In the past, LAPME has received top names in Latin American music as guests perform with and coach the ensemble including include musicians such as Aquiles Báez, Jorge Gomez, Pablo Aslan, Jovino Santos Neto, and Pablo Ziegler among many others.

The LAPME has its own performing library with original music and arrangements especially crafted for the ensemble. If you would like to know more about the library, please contact us. 


Francisco Cortés-Álvarez

Meeting Times and Location:

LAPME meets on Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 3:45pm and Fridays from 3:30pm to 6:00pm

The ensemble meets in MAB012

Join the Ensembles:

The Latin American Music Ensemble can be taken for credit through the following courses. In every case the student must interview and audition with the Ensemble's Director, Francisco Cortés-Álvarez:

  • Individualized Cognate or Minor in Latin American Music: Register for X414
  • Chamber Music Requirement: The student must request the Chamber Music Coordinator to substitute the Latin American Music Ensemble as the required performance activity: Register for X-450
  • Piano Accompanying: Pianists must request the piano assignments coordinator to substitute the Latin American Music Ensemble as the required performance activity : Register for X-002
  • Major Ensemble: need to be accepted through our audition and requires authorization from Tom Wieligman: Register for X-040 or X-070

Please note that, prior to joining the ensemble, you are required to get in touch with the LAMC and also communicate with the coordinators of the courses above and request approval to take the class.

For more information, please contact the LAMC:

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