The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Ohio State School of Music developed a partnership for a series of academic exchange events in 2022 and 2024. In September, Ohio State welcomed three artists from Brazil who hosted master classes and a recital and performed in the Latin American Music Celebration Concert. They also met with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and visited local schools.
In October, Ohio State School of Music faculty members Susan Powell, Michael Torres, David Hedgecoth and Michael Ibrahim, joined Scott Schwenter, director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Ohio State, for a four-day residency at Universidade Estadual de São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, that included a variety of master classes and a recital.
The delegation also visited Curitiba, a sister city to Columbus, for a four-day residency with Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR). In Curitiba, the group toured potential concert venues, met with other universities, and visited Colegio Estadual do Parana, a high school with a band program, and Alegro, a music project nonprofit. Coordination for the visit was provided by the Brazil Gateway.