The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition, for the best essays on Iberian and Latin American Music, in either historical musicology or ethnomusicology.  This annual competition honors the memory of the Spanish-Mexican musicologist Otto Mayer-Serra (1904-68) and seeks to continue his legacy of groundbreaking research.  The OMS competition accepts submissions in Spanish or Portuguese.  The first-prize award is for $2000, and second prize, $1000.  When warranted, there is also an Honorable Mention.  This year’s competition attracted such a large number of high-quality submissions that the jury awarded two honorable mentions.  First-prize articles are published in the peer-reviewed online journal Diagonal:  An Ibero-American Music Review (  Information about the 2017 competition will be available in the summer.


2016 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition Results


First Prize

Dr. Julio Mendívil (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Cosa de hombres: sobre construcciones de género en la musicología sobre la música de los Andes.”


Second Prize


Hermann Hudde (University of California, Riverside): “Panamericanismo en acción: música y compositores latinoamericanos en Tanglewood desde 1941 hasta 1951.”


Honorable Mention ex equo


1. Dr. Juan Francisco Sans (Universidad Central de Venezuela): “Disciplinando el cuerpo, sujetando las pasiones: baile y música en la educación hispanoamericana del siglo XIX.”


2. Dr. Belén Vega Pichaco (Universidad de Oviedo): “La reinvención de la 'tradición' musical: discursos y prácticas en torno a la construcción de una 'Escuela Cubana de Composición' (1934-1946).”


The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music wishes to thank the distinguished panel of judges who reviewed the submissions:


Antoni Pizà, chair (CUNY Graduate Center)

Paulo Chagas (University of California, Riverside)

Javier Suárez-Pajares (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


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