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Welcome to the American Music Forum Locked Topic 0 P. Bishop This is a forum for general discussions concerning American music in the broad definition used by the Society for American Music. It is meant to replace our previous Sonneck listserv. Everyone is able to read the posts in this forum, but only members or guests with a profile on the system are able to post or respond to posts. If you are not a member and wish to have guest access, click here [link coming soon].   Note that calls for proposals and conference announcements should be posted in the “Upcoming Conferences and Calls for Proposals” forum and announcements of recordings and performances should be posted in the “Performances and Recordings” forum.   
by P. Bishop
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Tammy Kernodle on Marketplace 0 M. Whitmer Delighted to hear Tammy Kernodle on Marketplace this evening! I love it when American music intersects with the economy. Here's the segment: "What live [American] music looks like during a pandemic":
by M. Whitmer
Friday, September 11, 2020
Sounding Spirit Launches Digital Library 0 M. Doster The Sounding Spirit team is delighted to announce the spring launch of its inaugural digital library. The product of a one year NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations grant, the pilot digital library features songbooks and hymnals published across the US South from 1850 to 1925. A federated collection spanning holdings from four partner archives, the Sounding Spirit digital library features twenty-one books of vernacular sacred music, including words-only hymnals, gospel songbooks, spiritual collections, and shape-note tunebooks. Curated into collections that highlight places, genres, denominational affiliations, and notation styles of American sacred music, the digital library allows for rich engagement with songbooks and hymnals seminal in their respective eras, but historically underrepresented in both archival holdings and scholarship. The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship collaborated on this pilot library with four partner archives whose holdings complement Sounding Spirit’s research focus: Pitts Theology Library at Emory University, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Archives and Special Collections, and the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. The Sounding Spirit team and partner archives are now at work on the next phase of the digital library, planning to digitize hundreds of volumes identified during this planning grant process. Music bibliographer Erin Fulton collaborated with project director Jesse P. Karlsberg on the “Checklist of Southern Sacred Music Imprints, 1850–1925” that will guide the next phase of the project. As a dataset, the checklist already offers rich opportunities for researching the contours of American sacred songbook publishing. In addition to expanding the library, the team is also planning to incorporate lesson plans and teaching materials for a variety of learning levels, scholarly essays, and data visualizations about the site’s songbooks into the expanded Sounding Spirit digital library site. Until then, the Sounding Spirit team is excited to make these first collections of volumes accessible for research, teaching, and discovery. Sounding Spirit invites you to begin exploring the initial batch of songbooks in the pilot digital library. Scholars, educators, and practitioners of all kinds are welcome! Our project team hopes you will take full advantage of the platform’s features to engage the texts and textual communities whose publishing histories and singing practices can reframe our understanding of American sacred music—one text at a time. Link to Digital Library: Link to Checklist: For more information about the Sounding Spirit research lab, digital library, or scholarly editions, please contact project director Jesse P. Karlsberg at or managing editor Meredith Doster at
by M. Doster
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Newly discovered recording from 1971 sheds light on avant-garde scene 0 P. Bloom Please join us for a virtual celebration on August 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT, as Mark Harvey and Peter H. Bloom celebrate their new CD, A Rite for All Souls in a livestream Zoom event. Veteran jazz writer Bob Blumenthal will interview Mark and Peter and play excerpts from the CD, a newly discovered recording of a 1971 concert by the trailblazing Mark Harvey Group (Harvey on brasswinds; Bloom on woodwinds; and the late Craig Ellis and Michael Standish, percussion). Free admission. Advance registration required. Use this link to register: A Rite for All Souls has been called “extraordinary” (JazzPress Poland), “a potent thing to behold” (, and “a beautiful musical and historical document” (MusicZoom, Italy). Donald Elfman (The New York City Jazz Record) wrote, “A Rite for All Souls is a deeply engaging series of improvisations, sound worlds and rich musical expression," while Joseph Neff (The Vinyl District) called the recording “…a fascinating and robust snapshot of street-level jazz and poetry as a vehicle for social commentary and positive change…. everybody plays at a high level throughout.” Jon Ross (Ear Relevant) wrote, “The new album from The Mark Harvey Group, A Rite for All Souls (Americas Musicworks), captures a seminal live show from 1971….an indelible recording that characterizes the immediacy of free-jazz protest music at a consequential time in American history.…a release for the times, bringing the free jazz language of social justice to the fore.” For information: visit or contact Rebecca DeLamotte, manager for The Mark Harvey Group, 617 776 8778 or
by P. Bloom
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Mapping Virtual Music Events 1 J. Love Here is a link to one layer of our current map:
by J. Love
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
CFP: University of Toronto Graduate Music Conference 2020 0 R. Roussin Dear Student Members of the SAM Community, The University of Toronto is hosting its Annual Graduate Music Conference on March 6-8, 2020. We are sending out a Call for Papers - though really a Call for Submissions, as forms of research or performance that don't necessarily fit the traditional paper format will also be considered - which I have attached to this forum post. Proposals are due by Dec. 31st, and we would love to hear from you!
by R. Roussin
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
anyone need a roommate for IMS 2019 in Lucerne? 0 K. Norton Hi, Just looking for a potential roommate, 4-11 July 2019, in Lucerne. thanks! Kay Norton
by K. Norton
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Public Domain Song Anthology seeks Institutional Support! 0 K. DeLaurenti The Music Library Association is thrilled to announce the Public Domain Song Anthology: Popular Music for Study and Performance with modern and traditional hamonizations by David Berger and Chuck Israels. The first Music Library Association Open Edition and the first open educational score anthology, the Anthology will be published by Aperio, the University of Virginia Library’s open access press. The Public Domain Song Anthology is a songbook of 370 popular tunes that includes early popular music, jazz, and traditional tunes that have become part of the jazz standard repertory. Newly arranged by David Berger (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Chuck Israels (bassist and former member of the Bill Evans Trio), the songs are presented with both a modern and traditional harmonization – providing students and performers with expert lessons on how to realize these important tunes in the standard repertory. This is an open education project, and we are looking to secure productions costs in advance of release instead of recouping costs through sales. We are inviting libraries to purchase the Anthology with a variety of value-added options. You can purchase your copy of the Public Domain Song Anthology today! The publication is engraved in Sibelius notation software and will be released as Sibelius source files, musicXML, and a musicXML encoded PDF. Sibelius files are meet NVDA standards for musicians with visual impairments and musicXML files will be translated to Braille music files over time. In addition to being an accessible teaching and learning tool, because all of the tunes are in the public domain, the songbook can be used by professional musicians who are looking for repertoire to play alongside originals in small clubs and restaurants that do not have public performance licenses. David and Chuck are donating all of their original work in these arrangements to the public domain with a CC-0 license in celebration of the 13 new works included entering the public domain in 2019. We are grateful for co-publishing support from the University of Michigan Library and the Arthur Friedheim Library of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. We hope you’ll join them today in supporting this valuable music resource! Questions? You can reach me directly or email!   Please share widely with your collections and administration colleagues! We look forward to making this valuable resource available. Kathleen DeLaurenti (she, her, hers) Head Librarian, Arthur Friedheim Library The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Open Access Editor, Music Library Association | @delaubrarian 667-208-6656  
by K. DeLaurenti
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
"Migrations: The Making of America" Festival at Carnegie Hall 0 M. Whitmer Carnegie Hall and 75+ prestigious partner institutions from across New York City and beyond explore the journeys of people who shaped and influenced the evolution of American culture with a five-week citywide festival, including music, dance, exhibitions, talks, and films.  March 9- April15, 2019.  More information available here:  
by M. Whitmer
Monday, January 21, 2019
Theatre Collection 0 B. Sears The family of a late friend would like to sell his large collection of CDs, DVDs, and theatre memorabilia, or perhaps donate it to a library. Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome. If your school might be interested, even better. Thanks! Ben Sears
by B. Sears
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Searching for a “Social Psychologist” 0 J. Weed In conjunction with my work on fiddle tune histories, I’d like to talk with somebody whom I’d call a “social psychologist.” I’m not sure if such a specialty exists within psychologists, or if I’ll just need to talk with a general psychologist who understands roots music and Americans’ fascination with it. This person, a qualified psychologist, could talk about the “collective” psychology of American society, and perhaps cover some of these topics: • Our longing for folk roots, including in music as societal ancestors (not necessarily genre-specific) • Americans’ honoring a body of “folk” culture that we look to for:  solace emotional comfort self expression guidance • The ways we mold our self-expression to fit a perceived cultural identity • How might these concepts allow for or resist change and development, while preserving traditions? [And a specific instance of a current project: In the case of Frankie Rodgers' “Ookpik Waltz,” what might help explain the large body of myth that has grown around the tune, mislabeling its roots as Alaskan/Native American?] I’d like to discuss the above topics with the social psychologist and then use some of their comments on camera. Do you know of such a person? Is there already a musicologist who has articulated these concepts especially clearly? Does this line of pursuit seem valuable to you, or misguided? Is it missing a big picture? With gratitude, Joe Weed Producer Highland Publishing (408)655-2485 Mobile PO Box 554 Los Gatos, CA 95031-0554
by J. Weed
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Member categories 0 K. Leonard The email today from SAM admin suggests revisions to the Qualifications Section of Article II. Members Section of the By-Laws. It reads [bolding in the original]: The main categories of membership which shall make up the Society are Individual, Spouse/Partner, Student, Retired, Honorary, and Affiliate. The Board may establish additional membership categories as appropriate. Individual: shall be available to any person who has an interest in the stated purpose of the Society. Spouse/Partner: shall be available to those who live in the same household as individual members. Student: shall be available to students, graduate or undergraduate, in residence at an accredited college or university. Such individuals shall be eligible for student membership for a period not more than seven (7) years. They shall not be eligible to hold an elective post in the Society except as co-chairs of the Student Forum. Retired: shall be available to persons who have retired and are on a fixed income. Honorary: may be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Trustees to persons who have made outstanding contributions to further the mission of the Society. Affiliate: shall be available to non-academic institutions interested in interacting with the Society’s membership. (Examples: Performing arts organizations, commercial music companies, arts festivals, other societies, museums, and the like.) Affiliates receive an electronic subscription to the Bulletin and online access to the Membership Directory, but not the Society’s journal. Affiliates may not vote on Society business. Individual members in all categories and student members shall be entitled to receive the publications of the Society.  I find some of these proposed changes problematic. Not all spouses and partners live in the same household, as many academic couples know very well. A student who joins SAM as a undergraduate may well time out of the 7 years' allotment for student memberships before they finish a PhD. Indeed, students many not even finish a PhD in 7 years, depending on numerous factors including health, parental status, and others. Are we to ask our retired members to certify that they are "on a fixed income"?  I would far prefer that our Society, which is supposed to be the "friendly" organization among scholarly music societies, create policies that lean on the side of compassion rather than policing, restricting, and limiting its members. 
by K. Leonard
Monday, January 14, 2019
Proposed changes to By-Laws/voting methods 0 K. Leonard The SAM message sent by email today (1/14/2019) states: The SAM Board has unanimously voted to propose a change to the bylaws; the change is summarized at the end of this email, and also appears in the upcoming Bulletin. SAM’s bylaws may be “altered, amended, or replaced, and new bylaws may be adopted, by a two-thirds majority vote at any meeting of the Board of Trustees, subject to ratification by the members of the Society by a two-thirds majority vote cast by members present or by signed proxy during a meeting at which there is a quorum present providing that notice of such meeting indicates that an amendment or amendments of the bylaws will be acted upon at the meeting and indicates the general nature of the proposed amendment or amendments.” ( If you are not attending the NOLA conference and want to send a signed proxy, please send your vote to secretary Leta Miller,, who will bring the proxy votes to the meeting and include them in the count. It seems to me that given the availability of secure voting online (such as is already used for electing board members and officers), votes involving changes to the By-Laws to should also be made online. This would allow all members to participate in making important decisions involving SAM practices without having to involve proxies. 
by K. Leonard
Monday, January 14, 2019
Decolonizing Strategies in Ethnomusicology, Teaching, and Performance 0 E. Herrera     Dear colleagues and friends,  We would like to invite you to attend the Society for Ethnomusicology Pre-Conference Symposium Decolonizing Strategies in Ethnomusicology, Teaching, and Performance: Perspectives from the US Southwest and Latin America on Wednesday November 14, 2018 in Albuquerque. The symposium’s topic will allow us to address not only decoloniality and decolonization as concepts but, most importantly, as praxis. We understand decolonization as an ongoing project and acknowledge the complexities and tensions of the term, as well as the different epistemologies produced when it is used in different languages. By bringing together a group of scholars, pedagogues, activists, and creative artists from across Latin America and the US Southwest, we will engage in a hemispheric conversation that takes into account the multiple perspectives of epistemological and performative decolonialities. During the day there will be a series of roundtables taking place at the Hotel Albuquerque (SEM conference venue), followed by Música del Corazón: Una velada nuevomexicana, a music event including a varied medley of old and new musical genres, held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  The full schedule for the symposium is posted here:   All activities during the symposium are free and open to the public although registration is required through the SEM website.     We hope to see you in Burque!  Saludos cordiales, Ana R. Alonso Minutti, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Music Faculty Affiliate, Latin American and Iberian Institute Office: Center for the Arts 2106 Website:   The University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts Department of Music MSC04 2570 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 (505) 277-2126
by E. Herrera
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Composer Diversity bibliography recommendations 0 K. Leonard For a project adjacent to the Composer Diversity Database (, I am seeking recommendations for scholarly and good general or popular literature about women and non-binary composers, composers of color, and LGBTQIAA+ composers. I will be creating a Zotero open access bibliography with these recommendations that can be used by scholars, performers, concert programers, and others to learn about, write program notes on, and better understand the work and lives of these creators. Many thanks for your help!
by K. Leonard
Sunday, September 30, 2018
At AMS: Childhood and Youth Studies Brown Bag Lunch: 11/2 at 12:45 PM 0 M. Whitmer Calling all interested participants in the budding American Musicological Society (AMS) study group on Childhood and Youth Studies! Please join us for our first conference event, a brown bag lunch at the AMS conference in San Antonio, TX. The lunch will take place on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 12:45 to 1:45 pm. It will be an informal brown bag (aka bring your own) lunch to gather together interested members, collaboratively discuss our goals and mission for the study group, and plan events for future conferences.   Ryan Bunch, PhD student in Childhood Studies at Rutgers, and Sarah Tomlinson, PhD candidate in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are co-founding the group with the guidance of Roe-Min Kok, Professor of Musicology at McGill. We envision the Childhood and Youth Studies study group as a forum for scholars interested in music and childhood, broadly conceived. Gender, race, sexuality, and disability have received increasing attention in recent decades, but children and youth have been largely overlooked in musicology. We hope that this study group will bring attention to the ways in which children and youth have played a central role in music history and institutions, shaping while being shaped by them. Because music for, by, and about children and youth has been marginalized in various canons, we believe that centering their agency as music makers, students, performers, and audiences will further our understanding of the cultural meaning of music. The brown bag lunch will strengthen our application to become an official AMS study group. We plan to submit this application in January 2020.     We hope that you will join us at lunch on November 2! Please feel free to share this announcement widely. Whether or not you are able to attend the lunch, you can also write to Ryan Bunch ( or Sarah Tomlinson ( if you would like to be added to our directory and stay updated on our activities.
by M. Whitmer
Friday, September 28, 2018
1910 Stage Bands in Alaska 0 M. Whitmer [I received this email from a non-member and post it here in case someone can help. Thanks! ] My name is Majid, I am doing some research for a project and was referred to you in the hopes that I can appeal to your knowledge for a question that I am having difficulty answering. I am trying to figure out what type of instruments might have been used by a stage band in the 1910s in small town Alaska. Its a bit of a specific question and I was hoping that you might have some insight that could help. Thanks so much, I really appreciate any help you could offer!
by M. Whitmer
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Congratulations to Dana Gorzelany-Mostak! 0 M. Hershberger Congratulations to Dana Gorzelany-Mostak! Dana's digital lecture, "Songs in the Key of President C: Music on the Campaign Trail," won an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association and will be screened at their upcoming conference at the University of Houston in October. If you haven't yet watched Dana's lecture, it's available on SAM's YouTube channel: Dana's lecture was part of SAM's 2018 Digital Lectures in American Music series which also featured David Blake's "Performing Democracy Through Folksong: Pete Seeger in the 1950s" ( and Hannah Leland's "Valses from Specter of the Rose: A Hollywood Romance" ( Please note that there is still time for you to submit a proposal for SAM's 2019 round of Digital Lectures. The application deadline--September 1--is fast approaching. Details are available here:
by M. Hershberger
Monday, August 27, 2018
Congratulations to the Center for Popular Music on NEH Grant 0 M. Whitmer The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has received a grant of $205,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program. The project involves capital improvements to the CPM’s archival storage room to allow for more sustainable, efficient, and accessible housing of its world-class research collection of American vernacular music materials. NEH press release:
by M. Whitmer
Thursday, August 9, 2018
SAM _Bulletin_ call for member news 0 E. Lindau Call for Member News: Fall Bulletin Deadline: August 17, 2018 The Bulletin of the Society for American Music invites members to submit news of their recent publications, awards, honors, performances, and other scholarly or creative activities for inclusion in the Fall issue’s “Bulletin Board” feature. Please describe your achievement(s) in a paragraph of 50-250 words. (View our most recent issue for sample announcements.) Include it in an e-mail message to General Editor Elizabeth Ann Lindau ( by Friday, August 17. Related images (attached as JPEG files) and links are welcome. Note that you will have the distinction of being included in the first issue launched on the new website! A complete call for Bulletin content may be viewed on our website. The Fall issue will appear online in September 2018.
by E. Lindau
Tuesday, August 7, 2018