Initiatives and Events

Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies

The American Institute for Verdi Studies (AIVS) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies. This biannual award honors the noted Verdi, Schubert, and Mozart scholar, Martin Chusid (1925-2013), who was Professor Emeritus of Music at New York University and the AIVS’s Founding Director.

Any book, book chapter, article, or scholarly music edition in the field of Verdi studies, written in English, French, German, or Italian by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career (normally no more than ten years beyond awarding of the terminal degree) is eligible for nomination. The 2015 award considers works published in 2013 or 2014. The winner will receive a cash prize.

Nominations, including self-nominations, should be submitted electronically to Please include the name of the author, the title of the work, and (for articles) the title and date of the journal, or (for books and music editions) the publisher and year of publication. The judging committee may also ask the nominee to supply a copy of the work, which will be returned if postage is included.
The deadline for nominations is 15 April 2015.

Verdi Forum online

Under the sponsorship of the American Institute for Verdi Studies, since its inception in 1976 the Verdi Forum (formerly the Verdi Newsletter) has published essays, documents, and conference proceedings, which have contributed meaningfully to the scholarly literature on Verdi.  It also provided ephemeral news of forthcoming events and information of interest to members of the AIVS.  Now the journal focuses on permanent scholarship and is a peer-reviewed, annual publication under the editorship of Roberta Montemorra Marvin.

In an exciting new development, we are beginning to make selected issues of the Verdi Newsletter and Verdi Forum available online.  Please follow this link for free access to online content.

Recent updates include full online availability of issues 9-10 and 17-18, containing lists of Verdi's music, librettos, production materials, and other research materials, prepared by AIVS co-director Linda B. Fairtile.

The Verdi Forum online is made possible also by the support of AIVS members and sponsors.  To support this and other initiatives of the AIVS, please follow this link or contact our staff at

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