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.


We Stand in Solidarity!

The Board of the Society for American Music stands in solidarity with racial, ethnic, and religious communities who have been targeted with violence. We condemn the murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, George Floyd and many others. These incidents are representative of a history of discrimination directed at racial, ethnic and religious communities, and they are antithetical to our core values and beliefs as an organization. We are especially troubled that the precipitating events for the recent protests transpired in Minneapolis, the city in which we were to meet this past Spring. As scholars, performers, and supporters of music and music making in the Americas, we recognize and support the role of music in protests, its role in the pursuit of justice, and its ability to heal and unite communities in times of struggle. We pledge as a Board to work toward equity and positive social change wherever and whenever possible. All of us have a role to play as we move together to a more just society.


2019-20 Digital Lectures Winners Announced

The Society for American Music's Education Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth round of Digital Lectures in American Music. 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. This year's winners are:

“Follow the Bouncing Ball!”: Sing-Alongs in Film and Television by Esther Morgan-Ellis


“Any Lady Need a Man?”: Gendering and Ungendering Transnational Cuban Social Dance by Sarah Town


To view the list of past winners, please visit our Digital Lectures page.


2020 SAM Honorary Member


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. To learn more about Brunelle's work, please visit his site, Vocal Essence





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.



Our Affiliates


American Composers Alliance           Center for American Music Preservation