The Ibero-American Music Study Group first convened in 1993, at the fifty-ninth annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Montreal. Established by Prof. William Summers of Dartmouth College, the mission of the International Hispanic Music Study Group, as it was then known, was to promote research in this rich and vast but largely marginalized area. In fact, Prof. Summers founded the group in response to the complete absence of any attention to the Columbian Quincentenary at the 1992 national meeting of the AMS. His vision was to provide an annual forum for music of the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking regions of the Americas and Asia.
The AMS responded favorably to this initiative and has been cooperative in providing time and space for the group to meet. Thus, with the exception of 2002 (observed as a “moment of silence” in memory of 1992), the IHMSG/IAMSG has met every year since its founding. Some of the leading musicologists and ethnomusicologists in this field have presented their research at these forums, which have covered an impressively wide array of topics (see "Annual Meetings, Past" for more information).
In 2008, after fifteen years of dedicated service to a cause he so capably advanced, Prof. Summers passed the coordinator’s baton to Prof. Walter Clark, of the University of California, Riverside. At its 2010 session, in Indianapolis, those present voted to change the group’s name to the more inclusive and yet more specific Ibero-American Music Study Group. Since 2014, the group has been coordinated by Prof. Susan Thomas, of the University of Georgia.
The IAMSG’s purpose remains to present leading research in all facets of Iberian and Latin American music, as well as to provide a space in which members can share ideas about various topics of interest, particularly regarding pedagogy and methodology.
The IAMSG runs a discussion list, which is open to all members (see "Discussion" for information), and a periodically updated news page (see "News and Links"). Individuals and institutions with questions about or wishing to participate in the Ibero-American Music Study Group, or who would like to provide content (news, links, etc.), may contact:
Susan Thomas, Coordinator
Ibero-American Music Study Group
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
The University of Georgia
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University of California, Riverside