Award Date

May 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Committee Member

Jennifer Grim

Second Committee Member

Timothy Jones

Third Committee Member

Timothy Hoft

Fourth Committee Member

Cheryl Taranto

Fifth Committee Member

Alicia Rico

Number of Pages



This document examines Central American flute festivals to understand their role in preserving heritage, promoting unique composers and their compositions, educating the public about art music, and positively impacting the personal growth of students as well as to gaining insight into the socio-economic history as it relates to the development of music in the region. To achieve this goal, the flute festivals of Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Panamá were studied within the context of the countries’ history. Music tradition started in the region with the aboriginal tribes and was strongly influenced by the colonization of the Spaniards. These conquerors brought Western European musical traditions as well as African slaves and their culture. As a result, new musical genre and styles were created contributing to a rich cultural heritage. After the independence of Central America from Spain, cultural institutions were established. In this document the reader will learn that these countries started the institutionalization of cultural entities about the same time; however, the development of arts differs from one country to another due to the lack of governmental support. Flute festivals hosted in countries with advantageous positions are helping their neighboring countries to fill the need for knowledge by offering students an opportunity to learn from world-class flutists while also motivating these young flutists to replicate similar activities.


Central America; Flute Festivals; International Flute Festivals



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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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