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Asian American Music Society


The Asian American Music society (AAMS) was founded in 1989 as an organization dedicated to the continued appreciation of all music.  AAMS has performing members, regular members, an executive committee and a board of directors representing China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian American cultures.  AAMS supports the Asian Pacific American Council (APAC), the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), and the National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW) functions, as well as other Asian embassy events to promote cultural diversity by blending eastern and western styles, and creating opportunities for musicians from all corners of the world.  AAMS produced the world premiere Chinese contemporary opera Lang-Ying for the Asian Song Festival and Asian Chamber Music Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Asian American Heritage Month celebration, as well as the Lunar New Year Festival.  They have performed at NASA, GSA, NIH, HUD, FDA and the Japanese and Korean Embassies during past Asian American Heritage Months.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/19/2019: The Asian American Music Society (AAMS)

The Asian American Music Society (AAMS) will present the Chamber Music Festival with George Mason University Musicians including a brass ensemble, clarinet ensemble, strings with voices, and AAMS singers.

Video 8/27/2017: Asian American Music Society

The Asian American Music Society will present Asian traditional melodies in classical and jazz settings and western classical music to show the difference between two cultures. This performance will feature musicians from George Mason University’s Jazz Quartet.

Video 12/1/2015: Asian American Music Society's 2015 Competion Winners' Holiday Concert

Winners of the Asian American Music Society’s 13th International Competition for woodwind, piano, strings, and voice perform on the Millennium Stage. The competition encompasses elementary, middle, and high school students. It is open to everyone, not only Asians or Americans, and participants are encouraged to perform works by Asian composers.

Video 5/5/2015: Dr. Mira Yang and the Asian American Music Society

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with the group’s program entitled Asian, Spiritual, and Zarzuela Songs featuring Society president Dr. Yang, who is on the voice faculty at George Mason University and an adjunct at American University.

Video 11/12/2014: Asian American Music Society 2014 International Competition

Winners of the Asian American Music Society’s 2014 Woodwind, Piano, String, and Voice International Competition perform.

Video 5/2/2014: Asian American Music Society

In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, the George Mason University India Classic Music Group, Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, International Sounds band, and a number of sing-along vocalists perform.

Video 11/25/2013: Asian American Music Society

Young winners of its 2013 woodwind, piano, string, and voice international competitions perform.

Video 5/5/2012: Target Family Night: Asian American Music Society

Performances by Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, Japanese Taiko Club, Washington Korean Dance Company, Natyabhoomi School of India Dance, Wrhatnala Indonesia Music & Dance, and Sri Lanka Dance Group of Washington. Part of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

Video 1/7/2012: Target Family Night: Asian American Music Society

The group presents its young artists in a musical program.

Asian American Music Society