The Frederick R. Selch Award
The Frederick R. Selch Award, named for an important collector of American musical instruments who was a founding member and second president of AMIS, was established in 2004 to honor the best student paper presented at an annual meeting of the Society. Papers will be judged by a committee appointed by the President, which may include members of the Board of Governors, the program committee, or additional persons: a prize is awarded at their discretion. The prize will consist of $250 and a certificate. The first prize was awarded at the 2005 Annual Meeting.
The winner of the Frederick R. Selch Award for 2021 is Julin Lee, for her paper "Sounds of Futuristic Nostalgia: The Cultural Legacy of Blade Runner and the Yamaha CS-80." The committee was impressed by the originality of the paper, which combined methodologies from organology, musicology, and film studies to interrogate the legacy of the Yamaha CS-80. The extensive research and engaging presentation painted a comprehensive and convincing picture of the synthesizer's past and present reception in the context of the film Blade Runner.
Saskia Maxwell Keller
“The Side-Saddle Seating Position and Its Relationship to the Popularization of the Cello Endpin during the Victorian Era.”
Jimena Palacis Uribe
“The Brass Bands of Santiago Chazumba in Oaxaca, México: A Historical Reconstruction”
“Reconstructing ‘the Kindian Lute’: An Invitation”
Plymouth University, “Mechanised Shawms: Comparing the Development of the Tenora, Suona and Jangsaenap”
Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet
University of Edinburgh, “Self-Destructive Elements in the Construction of Guitars in the 19th Century
Harvard University, "Toward a History of Walking-Stick Violins."
University of Edinburgh, "An Untold Story: Private Instrument Collections and Music-Making in Sixteenth-Century France."
Arizona State University, "A Narrow Escape from Nazi Europe: Mark Brunswick and His Work with the National Committee for Refugee Musicians, 1938-1943."
Universität der Kunste Berlin, “The Art of Tibiae: A Music-Archaeological Case Study of an Instrument from Late Antiquity."
"Which Lempp? Identifying Instruments by Friedrich and Martin Lempp of Vienna."
"What Happened to This Broken Harp? An Early Gaelic Harp with a Story to Tell."
"Early natural horns in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Instruments and other collections: An organological investigation."
“The Geometrical Documentation of Historical Musical Instruments.”
“The Saxotromba: Fact or Fiction.”
“Who’s Playing the Player Piano—and Can the Talking Machine Sing?: Shifting Perceptions of Musical Agency in Mechanical Instruments, 1890-1910.”
"In quattuor lignis; Reconstructing the History, Timbre and Performance Practice of Medieval Iberian Square Frame Drum."
"Cultural Resonance: Musical Instruments as Material Culture"