News & Announcements

§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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§ 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, Québec

ontreal in FallThe 43rd Annual Conference will be held in Montreal, Québec (22-26 March 2017). The Call for Papers has been issued with a deadline of 1 June 2016. McGill University will be hosting the Montreal conference, with Lisa Barg serving as chair of local arrangements. This will be the third time our annual conference will be held in Canada, and we hope that our meeting location will encourage submissions that resonate with our society's dedication to studying all musics in the Americas.

§ 2016 Society for American Music Conference

The Society for American Music is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the following awards and subventions. Congratulations!

Awards

Fellowships

Subventions

§ Why Join SAM?

Want to learn about SAM? Thinking of joining? Watch this video!

SAM (the Society for American Music) is a group of scholars, performers, and students dedicated to the study, teaching, and creation of the musics of the Americas. We are a welcoming, curious, diverse, and friendly bunch who invites scholars, librarians, students, performers, composers, and any interested folks to join us! To see more about what makes SAM special, please watch this video, filmed at two of our annual conferences. Hope to see you at the next one!

§ Celebrate Black History Month: Eileen Southern Research Fellowship

Eileen SouthernSAM 2.0 LogoThe Society for American Music has established an Eileen Southern Fellowship that when endowed will fund research on music of the African diaspora. The Society's Development Committee invites members and friends to help endow it.

This fund recognizes Eileen's pioneering career as the first black female professor to earn tenure at Harvard University, her seminal publications on African American music, and her cofounding of The Black Perspective in Music, the first musicological journal devoted to African and African American music. In 2001 Southern received a National Humanities Medal for having "helped transform the study and understanding of American music."

An anonymous donor is matching donations or pledges to the Eileen Southern Fund dollar-for-dollar and still has $1,490 to give. As a result of this match and an NEH Challenge Grant, your contribution of $100 to the Southern Fund will result in a total donation of $267!

In recognition of Southern's inestimable legacy to American music scholarship and in celebration of Black History Month, please make a donation today!

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Eileen Southern Fellowship

§ Wayne Shirley Research Fellowship

Wayne ShirleyThe Society for American Music has established a Wayne Shirley Fellowship that when endowed will fund an annual research residency at the Library of Congress. The Society's Development Committee invites members and friends to help endow it.

Starting in 1965, Wayne served as a reference librarian and then music specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress. During his thirty-seven year tenure there he was also editor of the Society’s first quarterly journal, American Music.

Wayne has been the recipient of our Society’s highest honors: the Distinguished Service Award (1996) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2010). He has been a loyal, stimulating, and valued presence at conferences for decades, and has assisted and encouraged generations of scholars.

In recognition of Wayne’s inestimable legacy to American music scholarship, please make a donation today!

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Wayne Shirley Fund
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Wayne Shirley Fund

§ 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, Québec

Montreal in FallThe 43rd Annual Conference will be held in Montreal, Québec (22-26 March 2017). The Call for Seminar Topics has been issued with a deadline of 20 February 2016. The Call for Papers will be announced by Steve Swayne, 2017 Program Chair, at our upcoming meeting in Boston. McGill University will be hosting the Montreal conference, with Lisa Barg serving as chair of local arrangements. This will be the third time our annual conference will be held in Canada, and we hope that our meeting location will encourage submissions that resonate with our society’s dedication to studying all musics in the Americas.

§ 2016 Election Results

The 2016 election produced the following results:

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The Society for American Music is pleased to announce that it is now possible for you to share the in-depth and quality research presented in each issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music with family and friends. Gift subscriptions are only $50.00 per year! These are only available to current members of SAM and can be renewed annually. We'll even send the recipient a card letting them know about your gift! Simply complete the JSAM Gift Subscription Form and mail or fax it back to us.

Our Mission

The mission of the Society for American Music is to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity, including the full range of activities and institutions associated with these musics throughout the world.

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.

The Sonneck Circle was established in 2003 to honor the memory of Oscar Sonneck, and offers its members additional benefits. To see a list of contributors and read more about the Sonneck Circle click here.