The Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies

Established in 1990 to honor the dedication of the late Karl Geiringer to graduate education and to build upon his legacy to Brahms research, the Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies is awarded annually as meritorious candidates present themselves. The competition is open to students who are in the final stages of preparing a doctoral dissertation written in English. Only those projects that demonstrate significant original thought and research are considered competitive. Decisions about awards rest with the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society.

This Year’s Recipient: Adam Behan

The ABS has awarded the Geiringer Scholarship for 2022 to Adam Behan for his dissertation, “Life, Work and the Individual Classical Performer: Maria Yudina’s Artistic Practice and Imagination, 1947–70” (University of Cambridge, 2022). Our congratulations to Dr. Behan! Click to view abstracts of his dissertation and those of past Geiringer winners.

Geiringer Scholarship Application Guidelines

The American Brahms Society is seeking applications for its Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies, from students in the final stages of preparing a doctoral dissertation written in English. Work relating to Brahms should form a significant component of the dissertation, but it need not be the exclusive or even primary focus.  The society gives equal consideration to research in historical musicology, analysis, performance practice, cultural history, and other related disciplines.

Completed applications will consist of a cover letter, including the applicant’s address, phone number, email address, and institutional affiliation; and a description of the project of no more than 500 words. Two confidential letters, including one from the dissertation advisor, should be submitted separately.

All materials should be submitted electronically as pdf files to Loretta Terrigno at

The deadline for submission of materials is 31 March 2024. Finalists will be invited to submit a sample chapter. Recipients will be notified in November.

Recipients of the Geiringer Scholarship, 1990 – 2022