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Publications & Public Speaking.

Latin American classical music just isn’t getting as much attention as it used to. So that’s why we’re here, writing and talking, doing what we can to promote the richness and diversity of this truly great music, while at the same time trying to bring back the inter-American relations that used to characterize the Americas.


In addition to his leadership role as president of the Cayambis Institute, John L. Walker is a musicologist who has written extensively about the classical music tradition in Latin America, and particularly about this tradition as it pertains to Ecuador. Although some of these are not necessarily freely available, we are nevertheless proud to provide the following links to some of his most recent articles:

And other, though equally important, pieces like this one:


The Institute maintains a blog, “Latin American Classical Music,” which is a forum for the appreciation of all things related to the classical music of Latin America. If you’d like to contribute to our blog, please let us know.

Conferences and Other Presentations.

On September 10, 2022, John participated as an invited speaker in an online conference organized by Peru’s National University of Music that focused on the issues and obstacles that confront Latin America’s classical composers.

On May 26, 2021, John presented a paper, “Drama and Conflict on the Musical Stage of Ecuador’s International Exposition of 1909,” at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference.


Up until recently, on Sunday afternoons John was broadcasting episodes of his radio program, “Latin American Classical Notes,” on WUVT-FM.

With an objective to explore the richness and diversity of Latin American classical music, the musical selections of each episode were based around a common theme, such as the music of a specific composer, a particular style, time period, or country.

Although you can live-stream some of these earlier episodes, John and the rest of the Cayambis crew are currently working on converting this program into a podcast. We think this move will create many new and exciting opportunities. Please stay tuned for more information!


To our great dismay, we discovered that here in Virginia, of its 26 major universities and colleges, only one offers a course in Latin American music. This means that most college music students are learning almost nothing about this genre and its composers.

But we have a solution!

If you would like for your students to gain some exposure to this topic--and we think you should--please consider inviting John to come present a tremendous new presentation, ”Finding Identity in Latin American Classical Music,” to the students in your music history classes.

Click here for more information, or, write to the address below.


John L. Walker
PO Box 10164
Blacksburg, VA 24062
email: [email protected]