Founded in 1972 as a chapter of the Neue Bachgesellschaft, the American Bach Society supports the study, performance, and appreciation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in the United States and Canada.

The ABS produces Bach Notes and Bach Perspectives, sponsors a biennial meeting and conference, and offers grants and prizes for research on Bach.

Information on membership is available here, along with a short history of the Society and information on its administration.

On this site you can also find links to other Bach organizations and to Bach festivals, as well as a small selection of interesting Bach illustrations.

Upcoming Conference

“J. S. Bach and the Confessional Landscape
of His Time”

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
April 7–10, 2016

Conference Program | Registration Form

William H. Scheide's 100th Birthday

We have dedicated a special page on this website in honor of William H. Scheide's 100th birthday. After a brief note by Christoph Wolff, the page lists all of his publications, and all his Bach holdings at Princeton University's Scheide Library.


  1. Oil painting of J. S. Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, 1748
  2. Engraving of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
  3. Title page of Bach’s Calov Bible, 1681 (Concordia Seminary Library, St. Louis)
  4. First page of autograph score of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, 1721