The American Bach Society was founded in 1972 to support 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'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.


“Johann Sebastian Bach and His Sons”
Kenyon College
Gambier, OH
May 1–4, 2014

The 2014 meeting will be held on the hilltop campus of Kenyon College, situated in the central Ohio countryside one hour northeast of Columbus (scheduled shuttle service to and from the Columbus Airport will be provided by Kenyon College on Thursday, May 1, and Sunday, May 4). Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio and was recently named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes Magazine.

The topic of the conference was chosen in part because 2014 marks the tercentenary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The program will include a keynote address by noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff (Prof. Emeritus, Harvard University), scholarly papers on Bach and his sons and contemporaries, and concerts by Newton Baroque, the Washington Bach Consort, David Schulenberg, and David Yearsley.

The full conference program is posted 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