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
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. In 2018, Jesús A.
Ramos-Kittrell, of the University of
Connecticut, became the new coordinator.
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
Ana R. Alonso Minutti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Faculty Affiliate, Latin American and Iberian Institute
University of New Mexico
Jesús A. Ramos-Kittrell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence, Music History and Ethnomusicology
Faculty Affiliate, El Instituto: Institute of Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies
University of Connecticut
Outgoing chair, IAMSG
Eduardo Herrera, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Incoming chair, IAMSG
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Associate Professor of Musicology
University of California, Riverside