Society for American Music

Our Mission

The mission of the Society for American Music is to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity, including the full range of activities and institutions associated with these musics throughout the world.

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.


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Voices Across Time: American History Through Music

Voices Across Time was created to help teachers harness the power of song as primary source to supplement any secondary American Social Studies, Language Arts, and Music curriculum.

Voices Across Time is a project of the Center for American Music in partnership with the Society for American Music.

Learn more!


§ Congratulations to our Award Winners Announced at the Annual Meeting in Charlotte!

§ 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.

§ The Future of SAM: Diversity and Development.

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!


Give a JSAM Gift Subscription

The Society for American Music is pleased to announce that it is now possible for you to share the in-depth and quality research presented in each issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music with family and friends. Gift subscriptions are only $50.00 per year! These are only available to current members of SAM and can be renewed annually. We'll even send the recipient a card letting them know about your gift! Simply complete the JSAM Gift Subscription Form and mail or fax it back to us.