News & Announcements

§ 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, Québec

ontreal in FallThe 43rd Annual Conference will be held in Montreal, Québec (22-26 March 2017). McGill University will be hosting the Montreal conference, with Lisa Barg serving as chair of local arrangements. We anticipate that this meeting location will resonate with our society's dedication to studying all musics in the Americas. A preliminary program, conference hotel information, and details on conference registration is available on the conference home page.

§ SAM Board Statement on U.S. Executive Order regarding immigration and travel

The Board of Trustees of the Society for American Music condemns the Trump Administration’s Executive Order (27 January 2017), which suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, disallowed entry indefinitely for Syrian refugees, and denied entry for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In pursuit of our mission to support the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas, our Society is committed to principles of inclusion, diversity, respect, open inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas. As members of an international society and constituents of the global scholarly community, we believe it is critical to nurture intellectual and musical exchanges with scholars, students, and musicians from around the world. Restrictions placed on entry, exit, and return to the United States work against our Society’s mission, principles, and goals.  We depend on the freedom of travel to conduct research, share ideas, study abroad, and build international collaborations, just as we seek to welcome and learn from visiting scholars, international students, and touring performers.  Our intellectual freedom, the scope of our knowledge, the strength of our academic institutions, and our ability to learn from each other across borders are all compromised when these channels are closed.

We join other academic associations, universities, and many members of the American Council of Learned Societies to urge the President and Congress to lift this Executive Order immediately.

§ 2018 Annual Conference in Kansas City - Call for Seminar Topics

The 44th Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City (28 February-4 March 2018). The University of Missouri-Kansas City will be hosting the conference, with William Everett serving as chair of local arrangements. The Society for American Music invites proposals for seminar topics by February 20, 2017. All queries should be submitted to the program chair, Paul Laird.

§ 2019 Annual Conference in New Orleans

We have recently completed arrangements to hold our society’s 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans (20-25 March 2019). Our conference hosts send these warm greetings: The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation are thrilled for the opportunity to showcase the musical offerings and heritage of New Orleans as well as the unique efforts of our respective institutions to preserve and disseminate the history and culture of New Orleans music. We’re looking forward to meeting you all as we explore the sounds of New Orleans together. Sincerely - THNOC & NOJHF

§ 2016 Digital Lectures in American Music

The Society for American Music's Education Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the first round of Digital Lectures in American Music initiative. Aimed at a general audience, each Digital Lecture explores a compelling topic of broad interest and makes strong use of contemporary scholarship in American music studies. The following lectures are now available on the Society for American Music’s YouTube channel:

The Education Committee will solicit a second round of proposals for Digital Lectures in Spring 2017.

§ 2016 Election Results

The 2016 election produced the following results:

Many thanks to all of our candidates and to everyone who voted in the election.

§ 2017 Society for American Music Honorary Member

Beverley DiamondThe Society for American Music is delighted to announce that Dr. Beverley Diamond will be named the society's newest honorary member at our 2017 Montreal conference. Canadian ethnomusicologist Beverley Diamond (B.Mus, M.A. Ph.D. University of Toronto) is Honorary Research Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in St. John's. Since 2002 Diamond has taught in the Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Music, where she established and directs the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place. Her research on indigenous music includes studies of traditional Inuit and First Nations song traditions, Sami music of Norway and Finland, indigenous audio recording, and expressive culture in connection with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canadian residential schools for aboriginal students.. The only holder of the Tier One Canada Research Chair in Music to date, she has received the highest possible Canadian honors in recognition of her work in moving Canadian music and cultural studies in new directions, promoting cross-cultural perspectives on gendered musical practices, and for mentoring a generation of students who have gone on to assume leading roles in ethnomusicology inside and outside Canada.

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Oscar Sonneck (1873-1928)
Oscar SonneckThe Society for American Music was founded in honor of and originally named for the first critical scholar and bibliographer of American Music, Oscar G. T. Sonneck.

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