Juan Fernando Velásquez (PhD 2018) has been elected as incoming chair of the Ibero-American Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society (IAMSG-AMS). This group originated from the AMS Hispanic Music Study Group, established by Prof. William Summers of Dartmouth College in 1993 at the AMS Annual Conference in Montreal. In 2010, this group's members voted to change the group’s name to the more inclusive and yet more specific Ibero-American Music Study Group.
The IAMSG’s purpose is to present leading research in all facets of Iberian and Latin American music and provide a space where members can share ideas about various topics of interest, particularly regarding pedagogy and methodology. As incoming chair, Velásquez will continue pursuing such a goal, inspired work of previous chairs. As incoming chair, he will be involved in planning and organizing the IAMSG-AMS sponsored Lightning Lounge, administer the group's social media accounts, and promote other activities that foster the interchange of ideas among scholars in the United States, Spain, and Latin America researching on Iberoamerican and Latinx Music. Nowadays, Velasquez is a postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows and Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music, theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan.