Contact & Membership Information

Founded in 1972 as a chapter of the Neue Bachgesellschaft, the American Bach Society is dedicated to promoting the study and performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Annual dues are $50 ($25 for students).

The ABS is the ideal organization for anyone devoted to Bach and his music—specialist, nonspecialist, or general enthusiast. It is the best way to receive the latest information about Bach scholarship and performance and Bach festivals nationwide.

A $50 membership in the ABS offers an array of benefits and price savings to individuals, institutions, and libraries, including:

  • Bach Notes, the newsletter of the American Bach Society, which appears twice a year and provides detailed, up-to-date information on Bach publications, recordings, performances, festivals, and workshops, as well as reviews by America's leading Bach experts of recent Bach books and recordings.
  • Bach Perspectives (University of Illinois Press), a hard-bound series, published biennially, of essay collections on Bach's life, works, and times.
  • Membership gifts (including unique recordings and facsimiles of Bach's music).
    Click here for a list of past ABS membership gifts
  • Discounts on Bach books and other Bachiana.
  • Notification of the biennial meetings of the ABS, which feature performances of Bach's music, reports on Bach scholarship, and round-table discussions with leading North American and international Bach scholars and performers.
  • Eligibility for the William H. Scheide Prize for the best publication on Bach or composers in his circle.
  • Eligibility for the William H. Scheide Research Grant, to assist in a research project on Bach or composers in his circle.

Membership Form

To join the Society or to renew your membership using a credit card, please fill out the following membership form.

The American Bach Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any contributions received beyond the cost of membership are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to pay by check, please print and mail a membership application:

Click here for a membership application (PDF file) >>>

Contact Information

If you have questions concerning membership, please contact the membership coordinator, at

For all other inquiries concerning the Society, please contact:

Reginald L. Sanders, ABS Secretary-Treasurer
Kenyon College Music Department
22 Storer Hall
105 College Dr.
Gambier, OH 43022