American Musicological Society

The American Musicological Society is a musicological organization founded in 1934 to advance scholarly research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship. It grew out of a small contingent of the Music Teachers National Association and, more directly, the New York Musicological Society (1930–1934). Its founders were George S. Dickinson, Carl Engel, Gustave Reese, Helen Heffron Roberts, Joseph Schillinger, Charles Seeger, Harold Spivacke, Oliver Strunk, and Joseph Yasser. Its first president was Otto Kinkeldey, the first American to receive an appointment as professor of musicology (Cornell University, 1930).

American Musicological Society
Type501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
PurposeAdvancement of research in the various fields of music as a learning branch
HeadquartersNew York, New York
Region served
United States
Robert Judd
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014)$691,796
Staff (2014)
Volunteers (2014)


The society consists of individual members divided among fifteen regional chapters across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere, as well as subscribing institutions. It was admitted to the American Council of Learned Societies in 1951, and participates in the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales and the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale.

The society's annual meetings consist of presentations, symposia, and concerts, as well as more-or-less informal meetings of numerous related musical societies. Many of the society's awards, prizes and fellowships are announced at these meetings.


Most of the society's resources are dedicated to musicological publications: the triannual Journal of the American Musicological Society (1948-present) published by the University of California Press. The journal was preceded by the annual Bulletin (1936–1947) and the annual Papers (1936–1941). Online versions of these publications are available at JSTOR and the University of California Press.

Other studies and documents published by the society include the complete works of William Billings, edited by Karl Kroeger et al. (4 vols, 1977–1990), the series Music of the United States of America (1993–present),[1] Johannes Ockeghem's collected works edited by Dragan Plamenac and Richard Wexler (3 vols., 1966, 1992), John Dunstaple's complete works edited by Manfred Bukofzer, published jointly with Musica Britannica (1970), Joseph Kerman's The Elizabethan Madrigal (1962),[2] E. R. Reilly's Quantz and his Versuch (1971), E. H. Sparks's The Music of Noel Bauldeweyn (1972), Essays in Musicology: a Tribute to Alvin H. Johnson edited by Lewis Lockwood and Edward Roesner (1990),[3] and, in conjunction with the International Musicological Society, Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology edited by C. D. Adkins and A. Dickinson in succession to Helen Hewitt (1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1971, 1977, 1984 [first cumulative edition], 1990, 1996 [second series, second cumulative edition]).[4](Brunswick, 2011)

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  3. ^ "Essays in Musicology: a Tribute to Alvin H. Johnson". American Musicological Society. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
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Cliff Eisen

Cliff Eisen (born 21 January 1952 in Toronto) is a Canadian musicologist and a Mozart expert. He has been based, since 1997, in the Department of Music at King's College London. As part of the department's strong connections with the Royal Academy of Music, Eisen also leads courses there. He has studied at the University of Toronto and at Cornell University, and has taught at the University of Western Ontario and New York University.Eisen is associate editor of the new Köchel catalogue and received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society in 1992. His research focuses on the Classical period, particularly Mozart and performance practice. He has written extensively on the issues of authenticity surrounding the works of Leopold Mozart and his son, Wolfgang. Other publications of his deal with Mozart's chamber music, life in Salzburg, biography and his life in contemporary documentation.Eisen has been an adviser to Robert Levin and Christopher Hogwood for recordings of the complete Mozart piano concertos.Eisen was reprimanded for misconduct by New York University after sexually harassing Jennifer Miles, a transgender student, in 1997.

Donald Jay Grout

Donald Jay Grout (September 28, 1902 – March 9, 1987) was an American musicologist.

Grout was born in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He attended Syracuse University and graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1923. He took his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1939. He taught at Harvard from 1936 to 1942, at the University of Texas from 1942 to 1945 and at Cornell University until 1970.Early in his career, Grout's main body of research was in opera. After 1960 he became more interested in philosophies of music history, due in large part to his publication of a general music history textbook, A History of Western Music. A ninth edition of the book was published in 2014; after Grout's death, the new editions were revised by Claude Palisca and J. Peter Burkholder.Grout also performed as a pianist and organist until the early 1950s. He served as editor of JAMS from 1948 to 1951, and was president of the American Musicological Society (1952–54, 1960–62) and the International Musicological Society (1961–64).A reassessment of Grout's historiography was published in 2011 in the inaugural volume of Journal of Music History Pedagogy.


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Ellen Rosand

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Handel Reference Database

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Howard Mayer Brown

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Brown obtained his BA from Harvard in 1951 and his Ph.D. in 1959, studying under Walter Piston and Otto Gombosi among others. He conducted and performed on flute often as a graduate student. He taught at Wellesley College, 1958–60, and then at the University of Chicago from 1960, where he became chair of the music department in 1970. In 1972 he became professor at King's College in London, but returned to Chicago in 1974. Brown was editor of Renaissance Music in Facsimile, published 1977–1982, and was the general editor of several other monument series of musical editions. He contributed prolifically to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He served as president of the American Musicological Society, 1978–80.

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The Howard Mayer Brown fellowships of the American Musicological Society were established his honor on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. Each fellowship supports a year of graduate studies for a member of a group historically underrepresented in musicology.

James Haar

James Haar (July 4, 1929 – September 15, 2018) was an American musicologist and W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A specialist in Renaissance music, he was the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society from 1966 to 1969 and served as the president of American Musicological Society from 1976 to 1978. He was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.Haar was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his BA from Harvard in 1950 and his MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1954. He returned to Harvard to complete his PhD under John Ward and Nino Pirrotta, graduating in 1961. His doctoral dissertation, Musica mundana: Variations on a Pythagorean Theme, explored the ancient belief in musica universalis and its effect on musical thought in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It remains one of the standard works on the subject.His teaching career began at Harvard (1960–1967), followed by the University of Pennsylvania (1967–1969), and then New York University where he was appointed a professor in the music department in 1969 and served as chair of the department from 1971 to 1977. In 1978 Haar was appointed Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he remained for the rest of his academic career.The Science and Art of Renaissance Music, a collection of some of Haar's key essays and studies written over three decades, was published by Princeton University Press in 1998.

Journal of the American Musicological Society

The Journal of the American Musicological Society is a peer-reviewed academic journal and an official journal of the American Musicological Society. It is published by University of California Press and covers all aspects of musicology.

The Journal of the American Musicological Society has been published three times a year since 1948. It was preceded by the annual Bulletin of the American Musicological Society (1936–1947) and the annual Papers of the American Musicological Society (1936–1941). Online versions of the journal and its predecessors are available at JSTOR and the University of California Press.

Karol Berger

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Marian Wilson Kimber

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Nino Pirrotta

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In 1931 Pirrotta earned a degree in art history from the University of Florence after having already earned a diploma in organ performance. He established himself as an important academic with his first book, Il Sacchetti e la Tecnica Musicale (1935, with Ettore Li Gotti) which focused on the music and poetry of the Trecento. He went on to publish several more works on that topic and became one of the most important scholars on the Italian Ars Nova, Florentine Camerata, and early opera. In 1970 his book Li Dui Orfei (later published in English in 1982 as Music and Theater from Poliziano to Monteverdi), which traced the pre-history of opera, was awarded the Kinkeldey Award by the American Musicological Society.In 1954 he became a visiting professor at Princeton University. He joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1956 where he held the posts of both the Naumburg Professor of Music and Chief Music Librarian. He served as head of the music department from 1965-1968, after which he continued to teach at Harvard through 1972. From 1972 until his retirement (with the exception on 1979 when he was once again at Harvard) he taught at the University of Rome as the chair of musicology. He died in 1998 at the age of 89.

Noah Greenberg Award

The Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society is granted annually to musical scholars and performers in order to build relationships between the two and to encourage efforts in historical performance. The award was established by the Trustees of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua in honor of their co-founder, Noah Greenberg. The winner receives a monetary prize ($2,000) and a certificate which is given at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair of the committee.

Past recipients include Musicians of the Old Post Road, a Boston-area early music ensemble, for their recording of Trios and Scottish Song Settings of J.N. Hummel in 1998, and Lori Kruckenberg, Michael Alan Anderson, and the Schola Antiqua of Chicago for Sounding the Neumatized Sequence in 2012.

Otto Kinkeldey

Otto Kinkeldey (November 27, 1878 – September 19, 1966) was an American music librarian and musicologist. He was the first president of the American Musicological Society and held the first chair in musicology at any American university.


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Reinhold Brinkmann

Reinhold Brinkmann (21 August 1934, Wildeshausen, Oldenburg; – 10 October 2010) was a German musicologist.

Brinkmann was born in Wildeshausen and studied at Freiburg im Breisgau. His dissertation was about Arnold Schönberg's Klavierstücke op. 11. He started working on the faculty of Freie Universität Berlin in 1970. From 1972 to 1980 he taught at Philipps-Universität Marburg, and then until 1985 again in Berlin, at the Universität der Künste Berlin. After 1985 he taught at Harvard University. In 2001 he was honored with the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. In 2006 he was elected Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society.

His research has included widely diverse publications in all areas of music theory and history from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary aspects.

Richard Crawford (music historian)

Richard Crawford is an American music historian, formerly a professor of music at the University of Michigan. His American Musical Landscape is one of the seminal works of American music history, published in 2001. He has published a number of other books, and edited a series of books on American music. He is an honorary member and past president of the American Musicological Society, one of the founding members of the Society for American Music, and is the founder and former editor-in-chief of MUSA (Music of the United States of America).

Robert Judd

Robert Judd currently serves as the executive director of the American Musicological Society, a position he took up in September 1996.

He received his musicology doctorate (D.Phil., University of Oxford) in 1989, with the thesis The Use of Notational Formats at the Keyboard (UMI 9018544).

Suzanne Cusick

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Cusick has been in charge of editing Women and Music. A Journal of Gender and Culture, the first journal which focusses on the relationship of gender and sexuality to musical culture.

Her book Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court: Music and the Circulation of Power (ISBN 9780226132129) was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009, for which she received the 2010 book prize of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. This book deals with the life and works of Francesca Caccini while in the employment of the Medici court.

Suzanne Cusick was made an honorary member of the American Musicological Society in November 2014.

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