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 members of the program committee and, if necessary, additional persons, and a prize will be awarded at their discretion. The prize will consist of $250 and a certificate. The first prize was awarded at the 2005 Annual Meeting.
2016 Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, University of Edinburgh “Self-Destructive Elements in the Construction of Guitars in the 19th Century”
2015 Diane Oliva, Harvard University, "Toward a History of Walking-Stick Violins."
2014 Emily Peppers, University of Edinburgh, "An Untold Story: Private Instrument Collections and Music-Making in Sixteenth-Century France."
2013 Jayme Kurland, Arizona State University, "A Narrow Escape from Nazi Europe: Mark Brunswick and His Work with the National Committee for Refugee Musicians, 1938-1943."
2012 Olga Sutkowska, Universität der Kunste Berlin: “The Art of Tibiae: A Music-Archaeological Case Study of an Instrument from Late Antiquity."
2011 Karen Loomis, "What Happened to This Broken Harp? An Early Gaelic Harp with a Story to Tell." and Melanie Piddocke, "Which Lempp? Identifying Instruments by Friedrich and Martin Lempp of Vienna."
2010 Lisa Norman, "Early natural horns in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Instruments and other collections: An organological investigation."
2009 Hannes Vereecke, “The Geometrical Documentation of Historical Musical Instruments.”
2008 Eugenia Mitroulia, “The Saxotromba: Fact or Fiction.”
2007 Edmond Johnson, “Who’s Playing the Player Piano—and Can the Talking Machine Sing?: Shifting Perceptions of Musical Agency in Mechanical Instruments, 1890-1910.”
2006 Mauricio Molina, "In quattuor lignis; Reconstructing the History, Timbre and Performance Practice of Medieval Iberian Square Frame Drum."
2005 Sunni Fass, "Cultural Resonance: Musical Instruments as Material Culture"