Eduardo Herrera


Eduardo Herrera (PhD University of Illinois, 2013) is an assistant professor in ethnomusicology and music history at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He specializes in contemporary musical practices from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin America. He has done historical and ethnographic research in topics including Argentinean and Uruguayan avant-garde music, the history of electroacoustic music, soccer chants, and music and postcoloniality in Latin America.He has presented his work in Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, USA, and Venezuela. He has presented his work in the national meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for American Music, as well as the regional meeting of the Latin American section of the International Musicological Society. Herrera is currently chair of the Latin American interest group of SAM and member-at-large at AMS Cold War and Music Study Group.

Herrera is working on a book titled Constructing Elite Art Worlds: Philanthropy, Latin Americanism, and Avant-Garde Music. This monograph explores the history of the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM, 1962–1971) as a meeting point for local and transnational philanthropy, the framing of pan-regional discourses of Latin Americanism, and the aesthetics and desires of high modernity.  The CLAEM, a graduate center for studies in composition largely funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and part of the Di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires, was the single most influential institution for Latin American classical music during the second half of the twentieth century. The Center was organized by Alberto Ginastera and offered two-year fellowships to young Latin American composers for intensive dedicated study with local, North American and European artists such as Messiaen, Copland, Xenakis, Maderna, Malipiero, de Pablo, and Nono. Herrera is also working on an edited collection, in collaboration with Alejandro Madrid and Ana Alonso-Minutti, titled Experimental Music in Practice: Perspectives from Latin America. This volume discusses a wide variety of artistic and musical traditions from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos/as in the United States, conceived and/or perceived as experimental.

  • Courses Taught

    • Latin Music U.S.A. (Byrne Seminar)
    • Introduction to World Music (MUS292)
    • Music in Latin America: Case Studies From the Andes, Brazil, Mexico, and the Hispanic Caribbean (MUS295)
    • Principles of Ethnomusicology (MUS303)
    • Social Theory and Problems in Ethnomusicology (MUS520/620)