We are pleased to share with you a special virtual issue of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), which we are making available for free for a limited time. Inspired, in part, by San Antonio—the site of this year’s upcoming annual conference of the American Musicological Society (AMS)—and by Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa’s work on border consciousness, pluralistic identity, and hybrid communities, this new, virtual issue of JAMS focuses on music, migrations, and borders.

Some pieces address boundaries and hybridity as theoretical concepts, while other content illuminates the diverse cultures that interact and influence the musics of south Texas, the southwestern United States, and Latin America. Anzaldúa’s work moves fluidly between different types of writing. This virtual issue encompasses that as well. The issue purposely includes lengthier articles, shorter essays, and book reviews in order to give readers a sense of what they might encounter in a regular issue of JAMS.

For those who are not subscribers to JAMS, we hope the virtual issue sparks some intellectual curiosity and encourages further exploration of the journal. For subscribers, we hope it whets the appetite for traveling to the cultural crossroads that is San Antonio.

Music scholars who have not yet registered for the AMS conference, are invited to visit the AMS website to peruse the conference program, which features over 500 presentations covering all areas of musicology, and to register for the conference. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio in November!

Read the virtual issue: Music, Migrations, and Borders


If you are not yet a subscriber of JAMS, we encourage you to either subscribe or to ask your librarian to subscribe to get access to all JAMS has to offer.