The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition, for the best unpublished essays on Iberian and Latin American Music, in either historical musicology or ethnomusicology.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 2019 competition will be available in the summer.

2018 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition Results

First Prize

  • Rafael Francisco Díaz Silva (Universidad de Chile):  “La tierra del fuego se apaga:  Requiem para flauta sola”

Second Prize

  • Aurèlia Pessarrodona Pérez (Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo, Barcelona):  “El cuerpo cantante en las tonadillas a solo para Miguel Garrido”

Honorable Mention (two are awarded)

  • Sergio Ospina-Romero (Cornell University):  “Fonógrafos ambulantes y la búsqueda de novedades musicales:  Performatividad, discos y cultura popular en México a comienzos del siglo veinte”
  • Juan Velásquez (University of Pittsburgh):  “Tinta, papel y pentagrama: Edición de partituras y práctica musical en Colombia, 1848-1930”

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music is grateful to the large number of scholars who submitted 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:

  • Lorenzo Candelaria (Chair), State University of New York, Purchase
  • Belén Pérez Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Maria Elizabeth Lucas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul