International Summer Music Festival 

MAY 27-JUNE 10, 2019



Welcome to a Summer Program in Paradise

"El Mundo Maya"

The OperaMaya foundation

Located in the Yucatán Peninsula of México, has the mission to create world-renowned artistic expressions that exemplify both the historical and modern Maya Culture.
ÓperaMaya produces several events throughout the year including the "ÓperaMaya Cancún-Classic" concert series and “ÓperaMaya International Music Festival”, a cultural exchange of musicians from across the globe held the last week of May and first week of June in the Yucatán Peninsula of México. The festival features Guest Conductors, Emerging Artist, and Young Artist vocal training programs (YAPs), Opera Chorus, Collaborative Piano, Festival Orchestra, Brass, Wind and String Ensembles, Ensemble in Residence, along with Special Guest Performances
The ÓperaMaya vocal training programs and Festival Orchestra may be taken for-credit via Arkansas State University. "ÓperaMaya International Composition Competition” for original works in a Mayan Language selects a new work annually for orchestra and voice to be debuted during the festival. Then, in collaboration with the Latin American Music Center at the Indiana University- Jacobs School of Music, presents the winning composition the following academic year.

“ÓperaMaya Artist Development and Career Advancement Group” supports a series of workshops, discussions, and forums designed to assist artists as they meet the ever changing challenges of a career in the arts. Focused on introducing international artists to the Latin American job sector and the development of portfolio careers, ÓperaMaya seeks to combine career planning and counseling with actual job placement.

Composition competition


The ÓperaMaya Foundation announces it's annual International Composition Competition for a new work in a Mayan Language, to be debuted during the ÓperaMaya International Music Festival in the Yucatán Peninsula with the ÓperaMaya Festival Orchestra and Vocal Young Artist Programs. View complete rules and regulations en Español or in English here.

Composer spotlight

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Luis M. Ruelas Romo

2017 Composition Competition Winner

Luis M. Ruelas Romo (b. 1992), young emerging composer, who's voice bridges the gap between contemporary language and the folkloric idiom. His works have been premiered in both the US and Mexico, instrumentation ranging from solo piano, cello and guitar suite, string quartet, various forms of chamber ensembles, chamber orchestra all the way to string orchestra. He recently was a scholarship recipient from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

Winner of the 2017 OperaMaya International Composition Competition, Luis was a finalist that same year of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2015 Luis was awarded Honorary Mention at the 63rd BMI Student Composer Awards for his piece "Imágenes de Guanajuato". In 2013, Luis was a finalist in the International Music Composition Contest carried out by Don Quixote Iconographic Museum for the renowned Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.