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CUA Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music receives Gift from Dr. Robert L. Parker

The Catholic University of America is delighted to announce that the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Dr. Grayson Wagstaff, Dean, and the Music Library have jointly received a generous donation of research materials on Mexican music from noted scholar Robert L. Parker.

Dr. Parker, a musicologist and a former Associate Dean of the School of Music at the University of Miami, is well known for his sustained research and publication on the life and works of Mexican composers Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas. His books include Carlos Chávez: A guide to research (Garland Publishing, 1998), Carlos Chávez, Mexico's modern-day Orpheus (Twayne Publishers, 1983), and Trece panoramas en torno a Carlos Chávez (Dirección General de Publicaciones, 2009).  In addition, he has published articles in Heterofonía: Revista de investigación musical, the Latin American music review/Revista de música latinoamericana, Pauta: Cuadernos de teoría y crítica musical, and Revista de musicología, as well as other prestigious journals.  Dr. Parker contributed the article on Chávez for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, the pre-eminent English language reference encyclopedia in music.

The collection focuses on but is not limited to material related to Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas, two of the most important nationalist composers from the flourishing musical scene in Mexico in the early and mid twentieth century. In addition to Dr. Parker's research and personal papers, the collection contains 83 books, 78 scores, journals (including extensive runs of Pauta, Heterofonía, Música: Revista Mexicana, and Nuestra Música), 96 CDs, 15 LPs, and photographs.

Dean Wagstaff states, "I am honored that Dr. Parker would consider CUA as a home for his materials. He spoke eloquently about the fine scholars from the School of Music he has known, including Ruth Steiner in musicology and the esteemed Dr. Robert Stevenson, perhaps the world's leading authority of Latin American music, who served as an adjunct professor in Latin American music at CUA. Though a number of respected universities hoped to acquire this collection, Dr. Parker felt sure that our long tradition at CUA of teaching and research in Latin American music made this the right place for his materials."

For optimum use and care, the collection will be divided among three locations. Published library-quality items (books, scores, journals, and CDs) will be acquired and housed in the Music Library collection with book plates and a designation in the online record as “Dr. Robert L. Parker Collection,” findable through a keyword search. Archival material will be housed in the LACGSM and the CUA Archives with finding aids available electronically.

For more information about this collection, please contact Maurice Saylor, Music Librarian at The Catholic University of America Libraries. (202) 319-5424 or Christina Taylor Gibson at