Promoting the Research and Performance 
of American Musics Since 1967

The AMRC hosts concerts, festivals, public talks, symposia (and more) with the community.  Learn about the activities and events coming soon.

Dozens of musical collection find home at the American Music Research Center at CU Boulder.  We invite you to learn what's in them, research the contents, and reconnect with its music.

Stories from the Collections

Brian Stone edited and arranged George Lynn's music drawing on three poems, "An Ended Day," by Walt Whitman, "Look at the Stars," by Ralf Waldo Emerson, and "Moons Ending," by Sara Teasdale.

Isabella Fincher writes, "I found myself in the Norlin Library’s Special Collections and Archives sifting through countless folders from the George Lynn Collection, entranced by Lynn’s powerful, direct compositional style."

During his career, Perry Como hosted and performed on television series from 1948 to 1963, hosted TV specials until 1992, and recorded 22 albums and 147 singles. Check out this short video and slide show highlighting his life and music.

Emilie Bertram writes, "The opportunity to bring two of Lynn's unpublished pieces to life was a fulfilling endeavor. Not only was I able to further my transcription, editing, and arranging skills, but I was able to explore Lynn’s legacy."

News

Bill Kearns

Bill Kearns 1928-2020

It is with sadness and a deep sense of personal loss that I share the news of the death of William K. Kearns last Thursday, March 12, at his retirement community in Pinole, California, where he had lived since 2015. Read more
Sombra film character

‘Music, Silence, and Nostalgia’ talk set for April 6

Professor Jacqueline Avila--a musicologist who works with film music and the intersections of cultural identity, tradition, and modernity in the Hollywood and Mexican film industries--will present, "Sombra's Soundscape: Music, Silence, and Nostalgia in Alonso Ruizpalacios's Güeros (2014)." Read more
working in the collections

Exploring America’s musical past to compose the future

On the third floor of Norlin Library, tucked away from studying students, four cardboard boxes filled with weathered manila envelopes contain sheet music, scribbled with 100 years’-worth of annotations from past owners. Read more
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