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.

William H. Scheide Research Grants for 2017

The American Bach Society invites scholars working on J. S. Bach or figures in his circle to apply for the William H. Scheide Research Grant to pay for travel, reproductions of sources, or other research expenses. Each year the Society offers stipends of $500 to $2,000 to support research and publication. Ph.D. candidates writing dissertations, junior faculty, and independent scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline is December 31, 2016, for grants to be awarded in January 2017. Read more…

Publication of Exploring the World of J. S. Bach

The American Bach Society is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring the World of J. S. Bach, a singular resource that puts Bach aficionados and classical music lovers in the shoes of the master composer. Bach scholar Robert L. Marshall and veteran writer-translator Traute M. Marshall lead readers on a Baroque Era odyssey through more than fifty towns where Bach resided, visited, and of course created his works. Read more…

Call for Bach Perspectives 12

The American Bach Society invites submissions for consideration for Bach Perspectives 12, an essay collection on the theme of Bach and religion. Papers on all aspects of the subject are welcome, and will be selected after peer review for publication in 2018. Submissions should be approximately 6000 words and be sent in electronic form to Robin Leaver (leaverra [at] comcast.net) by 1 June 2016. Information on past volumes in the series is available here.


  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