The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition, for the best unpublished essays on Iberian and Latin American Music, in either historical musicology or ethnomusicology.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 $1,400, and second prize, $700.  Both prize-winning articles are published in the peer-reviewed online journal Diagonal:  An Ibero-American Music Review

( Information about the 2020 competition will be available this coming summer.

2019 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition Results

First Prize

Luis López (Universidad Complutense de Madrid):  “Un modelo analítico para la música vocal religiosa hispana.  Estructura y expresión en el Te Deum (1814) de José Lidón”

Second Prize

Daniel Martín Sáez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid):  “La apoteosis de Farinelli en España:  El mito de la superestrella a través de la prensa británica del siglo XVIII”

Honorable Mention (two are awarded)

David Coifman (Escuela de Música Mozarteum Caracas):  “José Ángel Lamas (1775-1814) y el arte útil de Antiguo Régimen en Venezuela”

Alejandro Morán (Universidad Complutense de Madrid):  “Una cartografía del tacto:  la poética del instrumento en José Luis Torá”

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music is grateful to the large number of scholars who submitted outstanding essays to this year’s competition and looks forward to future contributions.  It especially wishes to thank the distinguished panel of judges who reviewed the submissions:

  • Robin Moore (Chair), University of Texas, Austin
  • Maria Alice Volpe, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Elena Torres Clemente, Universidad Complutense de Madrid