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About the American Brahms Society


Founded in 1983 on the occasion of the sesquicentenary of the birth of Johannes Brahms, the American Brahms Society is a non-profit, learned organization that actively seeks to foster and disseminate research on the life, music, and historical position of Brahms. The Society publishes a biannual Newsletter, issues a series of Brahms Studies, awards the Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies, and maintains a Brahms Archive and Research Center.

Members of the ABS include scholars, performing musicians, music teachers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and other lovers of the music of Brahms in North America, Europe, and Japan. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors which meets annually in conjunction with the national meeting of the American Musicological Society. Corresponding Directors link the Society with scholars, archives, Brahms societies, and research projects overseas.

Membership (now available on-line!)

The American Brahms Society cordially invites all who love the music of Brahms and support the Society's goals and projects to join its ranks. To join the American Brahms Society, you can either download the membership form (pdf) and return it with your check by mail, or you can join (or renew) electronically here.

The American Brahms Society is a non-profit organization. The IRS has determined that donations in excess of dues may be considered as charitable contributions.

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The Board of Directors

Valerie Goertzen, President (Loyola University New Orleans) (18-22, President 19-21) 
Nicole Grimes, Vice President (UCal, Irvine) (17-21, Vice President 19-21)
Laurie McManus, Secretary (Shenandoah Conservatory) (18-22, Secretary 19-21)
Marie Sumner Lott, Treasurer (Georgia State University) (16-20; Treasurer 21-25)

Daniel Beller-McKenna, Membership Chair (University of New Hampshire) (20-24)
Styra Avins (New York) (21-25)
Paul Berry (Yale University) (21-25)
George Bozarth (University of Washington) (20-24)
William P. Horne (Loyola University, New Orleans) (20-24)
Karen Leistra-Jones (Franklin and Marshall College) (20-24)
Ryan McClelland (University of Toronto) (18-22)
Scott Murphy (University of Kansas) (21-25)
Jacquelyn Sholes (University of Rochester) (20-24)
Peter H. Smith (University of Notre Dame) (21-25)
Loretta Terrigno (The Juilliard School) (20-24)

Corresponding Directors

Cord Garben (ex officio; President, Brahms-Gesellschaft, Hamburg)
Otto Biba (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien)
Ludwig Finscher (University of Heidelberg)
Kurt Hofmann (Lübeck)
Siegfried Oechsle (ex officio; Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe)
Wolfgang Sandberger (ex officio; Brahms-Institut Lübeck)
Minoru Nishihara (ex officio; Japan Brahms Society)

Honorary Members

Bernice Geiringer †
Renate and Kurt Hofmann
Margit McCorkle
Thomas Quigley

Advisory Board

David Brodbeck(University of California Irvine)
Camilla Cai (Kenyon College)
Richard Cohn (Yale University)
Walter Frisch (Columbia University)
Virginia Hancock, Secretary (Reed College)
Margaret Notley (University of North Texas)
Heather Platt (Ball State University)
James Webster (Cornell University)
Christoph Wolff (Harvard University)

Officials of the Society

Scott Murphy, Chair, Geiringer Committee
University of Kansas School of Music
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


William Horne and Valerie Goertzen, Newsletter Editors
College of Music and Media
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA, 70118

Daniel Beller-McKenna, Membership Chair and Webmaster
Department of Music
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

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