Greetings and Salutations!
Updated: Oct 15, 2018
- A note from AMIS President, Jayson Kerr Dobney -
Welcome to the new AMIS website!
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this newly designed website and its many new features. For the first time, AMIS is able to support a blogging feature and we look forward to adding content about a variety of musical instrument topics in the coming months. The new website also allows for online memberships and renewals, new presentation of our society’s award winners, and links to newly formed working groups dedicated to ethnomusicology, and scholarship about BMG topics (banjo, mandolin, and guitar). The new website maintains all of the important content that had come to be expected on the old website, including our archive of past Newsletters and an index to our Journal articles.
Importantly, AMIS is a society dedicated to all scholarly activity that relates to musical instruments from all times and from all places. As such, we are an organization that provides a meeting place for scholars who are specialists, and we are proud to be a place where a woodwind collector meets a guitar builder, where an ethnomusicologist exchanges knowledge with a historic keyboard performer, and where all of us grow in our appreciation for the world’s musical cultures. Our new website is a manifestation of our commitment to all scholarship regarding musical instruments. We maintain a list of helpful links to other organizations and institutions that are useful to specialists as well as general musical instrument lovers. In the future, we aim to launch a new dynamic feed that gathers news from sister organizations and musical instrument hubs around the web. We hope you come back often to catch up on our newest content as well as to see what else is happening throughout the world of organology.
I am aware that websites are never finished publications and we look forward to seeing how this new website will grow and change in the coming years. I want to thank Byron Pillow for the enormous amount of work that he put into creating this new site along with assistance from Bobby Giglio and Jayme Kurland. I also want to thank our former webmaster, Dwight Newton, for his work maintaining the previous AMIS website over the past decade.
I hope you enjoy exploring this new site!
Jayson Kerr Dobney, President
Previews and Features
In addition to our beautiful new layouts, graphics, and branding, we are excited to introduce a variety of new features and content into the AMIS world! Highlights include this new blog of course, but also the addition of pages for our working groups and online community so that members can follow, comment on, and contribute to posts; a streamlined online payment and registration system for membership and conferences as well as for online donations; and easier way-finding to various contacts and resources.
Some content is still being transferred from the old site, such as the information from past meetings, but this content will go live very soon. In the meantime, explore the new site, see what we have to offer, and of course, do let us know if you find anything that doesn't quite seem to be working correctly!