IPMC is dedicated to a single but multi-faceted ideal: researching, promoting and performing the music repertories of the Spanish-speaking world, making this music accessible to all.
To realize this mission, IPMC sponsors four programs: two performing arts ensembles and two repertory research programs. IPMC also serves as presenter of its performing groups in concert, or as contractor to outside presenters. The programs are:
The Iberoamerican Music Research Program was created in conjunction with Coro and Conjunto in 1975 to provide music historically appropriate for the bicentenary celebration of the founding of Mission Dolores.
Since then, IPMC has continued to delve into primary and secondary resources to research, transcribe, and edit masterworks for modern performance, providing the Coro and Conjunto the repertory for which they are known.
The IPMC Archival Program draws together sources and imprints of Iberian and Latin American music and allied disciplines for ongoing research. It has served as a unique resource to other musical and arts organizations both locally and throughout the United States and Mexico.
Running through all of IPMC's programs as a constituent goal is educational outreach. From its inception the Coro Hispano has served as a teaching program to the community, offering instruction in solfeo, musicianship and voice production to all who participate in Coro. The Instituto's concertizing strategy has been to bring Coro and Conjunto to an ever-wider circle of audiences, targeting especially the Spanish-speaking communities of each venue. Children and youths 16 and under are admitted free to all concerts presented by IPMC.