About the American Brahms Society

Mission Statement

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. To this end, the Society publishes a semi-annual newsletter, awards a scholarship for graduate students, and supports occasional conferences and publications organized by its members.


The Board of Directors

  • President, Valerie Goertzen (Loyola University New Orleans) (18-22; President 19-23) 
  • Vice President, Nicole Grimes (University of California, Irvine) (22-26; Vice President 19-23)
  • Secretary and Membership Chair, Loretta Terrigno (The Juilliard School) (20-24; Secretary and Membership Chair 21-23)
  • Treasurer, Marie Sumner Lott (Georgia State University) (21-25; Treasurer 21-23)
  • Styra Avins (New York) (21-25)
  • Daniel Beller-McKenna (University of New Hampshire) (20-24)
  • 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)
  • Laurie McManus (Shenandoah Conservatory) (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)

Corresponding Directors

  • Kurt Hofmann (Lübeck)
  • Matthias Kirschnereit (ex officio; President, Johannes-Brahms-Gesellschaft Hamburg)
  • Christof Maisch (ex officio; President, Brahmsgesellschaft Baden-Baden)
  • Minoru Nishihara (ex officio; Japan Brahms Society)
  • Siegfried Oechsle (ex officio; Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe)
  • Johannes Prominczel (ex officio; Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien)
  • Wolfgang Sandberger (ex officio; Brahms-Institut an der Musikhochschule Lübeck)

Honorary Members

  • Bernice Geiringer †
  • Renate and Kurt Hofmann
  • Margit L. 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 (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

Laurie McManus, Chair, Geiringer Committee
c/o Shenandoah Conservatory
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

Ryan McClelland, Chair, Publication Subvention Committee
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5

William Horne and Valerie Goertzen, Newsletter Editors
College of Music and Media
Campus Box 8
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA, 70118