Welcome to the Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music!

This organization was formed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Latin American classical music by encouraging its creation, performance and study. In pursuit of this mission, CILASiM will provide various opportunities to composers, performers and scholars, while at the same time enhancing the understanding of Latin American classical music among musicians and the general public.

CILASiM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which is being ably and enthusiastically led by a board of directors that consists of distinguished members of the southwestern Virginia community.

The board is currently drafting operational documents and project descriptions, as well as seeking potential funding sources. It has also approved a composition competition for 2020 that will culminate in a performance of the winning pieces on a regional stage. In the meantime, stay tuned for more details.

How can I help, you ask? As close as we are to Latin America and its rich repertoire of classical music, there is no other similar organization whose mission is as broad or as comprehensive. Soon, we expect to be amply funded by state and national arts agencies, large corporations, and other similar entities. Because there are substantial startup costs that need to be met, we have created a donations link to help us achieve our short term goals. We are very grateful to receive your support.