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Performer Guides: Voice

Use this guide to find resources for music performance, including LC call number browsing ranges for repertoire, books, and journals..

About this Guide

This guide is for performers in the voice discipline. On the left-hand side of the guide, we suggest ways for browsing and searching for voice related resources. On the right hand side, we suggest titles from our reference materials and by call numbers, journals, art song databases, and digital score access. Happy searching and exploring!

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Suggested Titles

Voice Journals:

The Wilson Music Library subscribes to a number of music journals, including those published by the major professional organizations for various instruments. Reading journals in your area of study is part of being a professional musician - you can learn about major performers and repertoire, new works, festivals, scholarships, and more. Some of these journals are issued only in print (current issues can be found on the browsing periodicals shelving near the book stacks), but many are available online.

Choral Journal       Classical Singer       Journal of Singing      Opera News     Opera Quarterly

Art Song Programming & Discovery Tools

How to Utilize the Advanced Search in Naxos

Browse with purpose in Naxos using the "Advanced Search" function. 

  1. Enter Naxos Music Library through Vanderbilt database subscriptions. 
  2. Click on the Advanced search button button in the top right-hand corner. 
  3. Narrow your search by entering keywords or making selections strategically. For this example, my inquiry was motivated specifically by contemporary era, what has been released in the last 4 years, and includes the bass-baritone. 
    1. Advanced search engine
  4. Click "search" and notice that you have 20+ options to choose from instead of an overwhelming amount of listening literature. 
    1. If I just searched bass-baritone and contemporary, I would have an overwhelming number of 700+ recordings to sift through. 

It depends on your mission or purpose for searching -- sometimes you will find broad searching is better than narrow searching. If you can be specific with what question you have, you may have more success at finding what you are searching for. 


Digital Score Apps:

The Wilson Music Library provides Blair students, faculty, and staff with free access to nkoda and Henle through our subscription. Follow the instructions below to start using these popular apps today.

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Finding Repertoire:

Browsing for Repertoire for Voice:

If you're looking for new repertoire to perform, it is often helpful to browse the Music Library's scores. The following call number ranges are for vocal music; individual works within these numbers are arranged alphabetically by composer or arranger:

  • M1495, Collections containing both sacred and secular vocal music
  • M1500, Operas, musicals (full scores)
  • M1503, Operas, musicals (piano/vocal scores)
  • M1507, Operatic, musical anthologies/selections
  • M1528-29, Duets, trios, etc. for voice and various accompaniments
  • M1613, Voice and orchestra or other ensemble
  • M1619, Collections of 2 or more composers
  • M1619.5, Specific poets
  • M1620, Collections of one composer
  • M1621, Separate works
  • M1621.4, Song cycles
  • M1623, Accompaniment of one instrument other than piano
  • M1630.18, Popular music collections
  • M1669-70, Spirituals
  • M2000, Oratorios (full scores)
  • M2003, Oratorios (piano/vocal scores)
  • M2110, Anthologies (sacred)
  • M2112, Collections of one composer (sacred)
  • M2113, Separate songs (sacred)
  • M2113.4, Song cycles (sacred)
  • M2117, Hymnals

Browsing the MLs and MTs

If you are browsing for song texts, translations, biographies, instruction, and diction resources, the following call number ranges are suggested: 

  • ML48-ML54 -- Libretti, translations, and texts
  • ML128.S3 -- Songs - Bibliography
  • ML128. V7 -- Vocal Music - Bibliography
  • ML1400-ML1460 -- General: by period, by region, or country
  • ML1600-ML2881 -- Secular vocal music-History and criticism
  • ML2500-ML2881 -- Songs and part songs-History and criticism
  • MT820-MT949 -- Singing and voice culture

Search by Subject Headings

You can use Library of Congress Subject Headings to find items in the library catalog. Use the "advanced search" option and search by "subject" and type one of the suggested subject heading terms below in the search box. See the linked example below.