PRAA’s Latin Music Project Center proudly supports an ongoing partnership with several Master Resident Instructors who serve as internationally recognized ambassadors to Latin music; and who also advocate for an equitable music education for all. LMP works closely with these Master Resident Instructors to provide advanced private and classroom instruction to students who are enrolled in our LMP Center classes and partnering public school programs. LMP’s instructor residencies can range from a one-day workshop – to a more intensive week-long “music camp,” where students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Latin American music and culture, and have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn directly from these visiting master instructors.

For more details on our Master Resident Instructor program, or to become one of our Master Resident Instructors, please email music@praachicago.org or call (773) 342-8865 x111.

Master Instructors

Roselin Pabon – Professor of Instrumental Management and Director of the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Pabón is also Director Emeritus of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. In 1968 he received his Baccalaureate in Piano from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at the University of John Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland and in 1978 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Indiana at Bloomington. During his studies, he was awarded scholarships from the Ford Foundation, the University of Indiana, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the University of Puerto Rico and the Department of Education of Puerto Rico.

For more than three decades he has distinguished himself by directing the symphonic repertoire, operas, zarzuelas, ballets and pops music. As Guest Director he has appeared in the United States, Spain, Italy, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Maestro Pabón has also distinguished himself in the direction of numerous premieres of works by composers of Puerto Rico. Among his piano teachers are Julio Esteban, Jesús Maria Sanromá and Marian Hall. He studied orchestra conducting with Tibor Kozma, Wolfgang Vacano and Thomas Baldner; opera direction with Bryan Balkwill and choral direction with Margarte Hillis and John Nelson.

Among the honors he has received are the honorary doctorate in Arts of the Inter-American University, the Mangó de Oro from his hometown, Mayagüez, the Coquí de Oro and the UNESCO Medal for his contribution to the dissemination of symphonic music in Puerto Rico. He was recently exalted to the Hall of Fame of the Musicians of Puerto Rico. In 1979 he won the competition to select the first assistant director of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Pabón has recorded several albums of Puerto Rican music and a video with the famous guitarist Ángel Romero.

Luis Sanz – is a Professor of Music at the Interamerican University. He is considered one of the most outstanding “cuatrista”, composer, arranger and performer of several musical instruments. In addition, he is a mentor and artist in residence of the Latin Music Project Center program by Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. In 2017, Luis participated at the Latin Grammy Awards with the rapper artist Residente. He collaborated with Lin- Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, on a film for the documentary Discover Puerto Rico. His studies include, Bachelor of Composition at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and a second Bachelor of Arts with a minor concentration in Musical Education at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Recently, Luis completed his Masters in Composition at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Dr. Isaac Lausell –  leads the guitar program at SIUC School of Music where he joined the faculty in the fall of 2012. At SIUC, Lausell teaches classical and jazz guitar, Fretboard Harmony, Guitar Ensembles, sight-reading for guitar, Studio class, History of Fretted Instruments, and plays with the Jazz Ensemble in residence – the New Arts Jazztet.

Prior to his appointment at SIUC, Dr. Lausell taught at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Escuela Especializada Ernesto Ramos Antonini (public music school grades 7 – 12), State University of New York at Stony Brook, University of North Texas (community music program), Ridgecrest Elementary School in Houston, Texas, Escuela Libre de Música de Humacao (public music school grades 7 – 12), and Academia de Música Pena in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Lausell has played with artists such as: Ray Anderson, C.E. Askey, Ignacio Berroa, Coco Freeman, Chris Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ricky Encarnación, Jon Faddis, Eddie Gómez, Heaven Report, Rick Lathan, Matt Margvulio, Paoli Mejias, Fidel Morales, Zvonimir Tot, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Pignataro, Proyecto EVIF, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Jore Vizcarrondo, Bill Smith, Oscar Stagnaro, Norbert Stachel, 33DC and the Stony Brook Baroque Players.

Hermelindo Ruiz Mestre – is an International Classical Guitarist and composer. Hermelindo is an artist of great sensitivity and stands out in the cultural environment of his island, Puerto Rico. In 2005, Ruiz Mestre received an award from the Senate of Puerto Rico, and in 2006, he was recognized by the Puerto Rican Youth Commission and by the Puerto Rican Association of UNESCO.  He has been described as a: “Fine composer, creative guitarist and human being of great virtues.” He was awarded a scholarship by the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico in 2007 – and by the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in 2008. He studied with the distinguished guitarist and composer Luis Enrique Juliá. Also, Hermelindo studied and perfected his technique with Dr. José Antonio Lopez.

He has undergone the rigor of the master classes by ten (10) international figures in the field of classical music. Some of these are the French Roland Dyens, the Bosnian Dennis Azabagic, the Argentine Jorge Morel, the Paraguayan Berta Rojas and the Uruguayan Eduardo Fernández among others. Composition seems to be a natural mode of expression for Hermelindo and his catalog of works includes numerous original pieces, as well as very interesting arrangements for the classical concert guitar. His goals include continuing to work for his Puerto Rican community and the cultural world of Puerto Rico. He also hopes to contribute to the world through his music.

Carlos Gabriel Cabrera – is a virtuoso performer on the Puerto Rican cuatro. Starting at the age of seven, Carlos quickly developed a mastery of the instrument. At the age of eleven, he recorded his first album Algo para entretenerse (2011) and in the next year, he released his second one titled Riete Carlitos (2012). With more than 12 years of experience, Carlos has performed in countries such as the United States, Cuba, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, and Spain. He also participated in the school choir for ten years and in the school band for seven years. Carlos released is third album “Afinando” in May 2019 and he is currently in his fifth semester at Berklee College of Music studying Contemporary Writing & Production and Music Production & Engineering