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The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 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. Winning articles will be published in the peer-reviewed online journal Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review (

First Prize: José Manuel Izquierdo König (Cambridge University): “El Militar Retirado de Pedro Jiménez de Abrill (Arequipa, 1784-Sucre, 1856): una tonadilla inédita en el Perú independiente." 

Second Prize: Ling Fung Chan (University of Florida): “Reconsiderar los elementos goyescos para la evolución de El Corregidor y la Molinera y El Sombrero de Tres Picos por Manuel de Falla.”

Honorable Mention: César D. Favila (University of Chicago): “Esposo de Paula, Ya, Jesús”: los contextos sacros y sociales de algunos villancicos de monjas novahispanas.”