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, and in so doing, develop bonds of goodwill and unity among the musicians of the Americas. In pursuit of this mission, CILASiM will provide impactful opportunities to composers, performers and scholars, while at the same time enhancing the understanding of Latin American classical music among 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 dedicated members of the southwestern Virginia community.

Currently, the board is working on operational documents, legal filings and project guidelines, as well as seeking potential funding sources. Most recently, it approved our recently-completed composition competition, through which we accepted and evaluated musical scores from throughout Latin America. And when it’s safe to do so, we will be presenting the award-winning compositions performed live by a distinguished woodwind quintet. Watch this space for more developments!

Why is all of this necessary?

Years ago, Gilbert Chase, Francisco Curt Lange, Nicolas Slonimsky and others observed that Latin American classical music is largely unfamiliar to North Americans. Theirs is a musical culture that is literally right next door, but without your help there will be no change to the current situation.

You see, back then through Latin American classical music a kind of bridge was being created by which music, musicians and audiences throughout the Americas were being connected. Sometimes also referred to as musical pan-Americanism, this is a movement that we’re trying to rekindle.

Consequently, as an emerging nonprofit organization, we depend on the generous support of like-minded individuals just like you. Although we’re trying to obtain funding from state and national arts agencies, large corporations, and other similar entities, we need to particularly rely on our music-loving friends and neighbors here in southwest Virginia. With this in mind, we created
a donations link by which you can help us achieve our goals. If you’re able, we’d ask you to please consider investing in our bridge. There’s so much more connecting to do.