Oscar Sonneck (1873-1928)
The 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.
§ Congratulations to our Award Winners Announced at the Annual Meeting in Charlotte!
- Distinguished Service Citation: Paul Wells
- Irving Lowens Book Award: Larry Stempel for Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater
- Irving Lowens Article Award: Amy Wlodarski for “The Testimonial Aesthetics of Different Trains” (published in Journal of the American Musicological Society)
- Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award: Nathan Platte for “Musical Collaboration in the Films of David O. Selznick, 1932-1957” (University of Michigan)
- Mark Tucker Award: Glenda Goodman for
“A 'Phrenzy of Accomplishments';
or, the Power of Sentimental Songs”
- H. Earle Johnson Publication Subvention: Sheryl Kaskowitz, God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song and Carol Hess, Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream.
- Sight & Sound Subvention: Jamie C. Davidson (UCLA), for “How Ya Gonna Cross That Water?: New Orleans Second Lines as Experiential Media for the Visually Impaired”
- Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship: Carolyn Guszki, “Race at the Opera: Artists of Color at the Metropolitan, 1916-1926”
§ New Board Members!
Congratulations to Judy Tsou, President Elect, Mark Clague and David Brackett, Members-at-Large. You can see their photos and read about them here. A big thank you to Neil Lerner for agreeing to a second term as Secretary. Welcome to the Board!
§ New Membership Category For Non-Academic Institutions Announced!
The Non-Academic Institutional Affiliate membership provides discounts and benefits, in addition to increased interaction with our international membership. Does your non-academic institution qualify? Check here.
Read the background on the current long range planning process, view the results of the recent survey, and review a summary of the forum held in Cincinnati. You can also provide feedback! Let us know what you think.
§ Support American Music scholarship. Contribute to the Society!
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