The Society for American Music is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. As a scholarly, collegial, and inclusive organization, we serve a wide and diverse array of academics, librarians, composers, performers, and members of the general public.

Announcement: Society for American Music 2021 Call for Proposals Update


The Call for Proposals for the 2021 Society for American Music Annual Meeting in Tacoma will be available soon. Due to planning for the 2020 Virtual Conference and implementing changes to our submission process, the deadline will be July 1, 2020 rather than the usual June 1st date. We appreciate your patience and are excited to receive your proposals in the coming weeks.


Important information concerning the conference

The annual conference has been canceled. Click here to read President Kernodle‚Äôs message and for earlier updates concerning the conference and the current coronavirus situation.

Conference Refunds

Thank you for your patience as we process your refund requests. If you would like a refund of your conference registration, please submit your request to Megan MacDonald ( by 5:00 PM EST on April 15, 2020.

All donated fees will be used to cover the expenses we incurred despite the cancellation.

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay safe and well.


Please join us as we honor our 2020 Honorary Member Philip Brunelle, one of the most influential and stalwart choral conductors in the United States. Brunelle has spent his entire career among a crowded field of conductors in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul who specialize in choral music.

For more information about this honorary member, please visit our conference page.






Please enjoy the Vivian Perlis Concert featuring the music of Chen Yi and Zhou Long, and students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, from our 2018 Annual Conference.


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7/16/2020 » 7/18/2020
SAM 2020: The Conference Previously Known as Minneapolis


Our Affiliates


American Composers Alliance           Center for American Music Preservation