Subject Guides

Vocal Music
Songs with
Songs, English; Songs, Italian; etc.
Songs high voice
Songs medium voice
Songs low voice
Church music
Sacred vocal music
Synagogue music

Call Numbers

Secular Vocal Music

M1500 - M1508 Dramatic music: opera, musicals, etc.
M1500 Dramatic music with original accompaniment
M1503 Dramatic music - piano/vocal scores
M1528 - M1529.5 Duets, Trios, etc.
M1530 - M1546.5 Choruses with orchestra or other ensemble
M1547 - M1600 Choruses, part-songs with acc. of keyboard or other solo instrument or unaccompanied
M1610 Cantatas
M1611 - M1626 Songs for one voice

Sacred Vocal Music

M2000 - M2007 Oratorios
M2010 - M2014 Masses; requiems
M2018-M2019.5 Duets, trios, etc.
M2020 - M2036 Cantatas, choruses, etc. with orchestra or other ensemble
M2060-M2101.5 Choruses, part-songs, etc. with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instrument or unaccompanied
M2101-M2114.8 Songs for one voice
M2115 - M2146 Hymnals
M2147 - M2188 Liturgy and ritual
M2147 - M2155.6 Roman Catholic
M2161 - M2183 Protestant
M2186 - M2187 Jewish
M2188 Other non-Christian religions

Selected SFCM Library Resources

Career guide for singers. 5th edition. Washington, DC : OPERA America, 2000. ML13 .C3 2000

The Cambridge companion to singing . Edited by John Potter. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000. ML1460 .C28 2000

Lebon, Rachel L., 1951- The professional vocalist : a handbook for commercial singers and teachers Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999. MT855.L447 P9 1999

Mabry, Sharon. Exploring twentieth-century vocal music :a practical guide to innovations in performance and repertoire. Exploring 20th-century vocal music. Oxford ;New York : Oxford University Press, 2002. MT820.M129 2002

McTyre, Ruthann Boles. Library Resources for Singers, Coaches, and Accompanists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. REF ML128.V8 M17 1998

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. 4 vols. New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music, 1992.. ML102 .O6 N532

Paton, John Glenn. Foundations in singing : a basic textbook in vocal technique and song interpretation. 7th ed. Boston, Mass. :McGraw-Hill, 2002. MT825.C566 F6 2002

Sataloff, Robert Thayer. Vocal health and pedagogy. San Diego : Singular Pub. Group, 1998. REF RF510 .S283 1998

Indexes of Music

Barlow, Harold and Sam Morgenstern. A Dictionary of Opera and Song Themes. New York: Crown Publishers, 1966, 1950. REF ML102 .V88b

De Charms, Desiree and Paul F. Breed. Songs in Collections. Detroit: Information Service, 1966. REF ML128 S3 D37

Dunlap, Kay. Vocal Chamber Music. New York: Garland Press, 1985. REF ML128 V8 D9

Klaus, Kenneth S. Chamber Music for Solo Voices and Instruments, 1960-1989. Berkeley, CA: Fallen Leaf Press, 1994. REF ML128.V8 K63 1994

Laster, James. Catalogue of Choral Music Arranged in Biblical Order. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1996. [on order] REF ML128 C5 L3

Snyder, Lawrence D. German Poetry in Song: an Index of Lieder. Berkeley, CA: Fallen Leaf Press, 1995. REF ML128.S3 S6 1995

Art Song Guides

Carman, Judith E. Art song in the United States, 1759-1999. An annotated bibliography. 3rd edition. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001. REF ML128.S3 C37 2001

Seaton, Douglas. The Art Song: a Research and Information Guide. New York: Garland Pub., 1987. REF ML128 S6 S47 [on order]

Villamil, Victoria Etnier. A Singer's Guide to American Art Song, 1870-1980. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1993. REF ML128.S3 V7 1993

Opera Synopses and Guides

Boldrey, Richard. Guide to Operatic Roles & Arias. Dallas: Pst, 1994. REF ML102.O6 B68 1994

The new KobbÈ's opera book. Edited by the Earl of Harewood and Antony Peattie. 11th New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1997. REF MT95.K613 1997

Summers, W. Franklin. Operas in One Act: a Production Guide. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997. REF MT955.S86 O7 1997

Diction Manuals

Adams, David, 1950- A handbook of diction for singers : Italian, German, French. New York : Oxford University Press, 1999. MT883 .A32 1999

Colorni, Evelina. Singers' Italian: a Manual of Diction and Phonetics. New York: Schirmer Books, c1996. REF MT883.C719s

Cox, Richard Garner. The Singer's Manual of German and French Diction. New York: Schirmer Books, c1970. REF MT883 .C878s

Marshall, Madeleine Forell. The Singer's Manual of English Diction. New York: G. Schirmer [1953]. REF MT883 .M369

Odom, William and Benno Schollum. German for Singers: A Textbook of Diction and Phonetics. New York: Schirmer Books, 1981. MT883 .O25 G3

Wall, Joan. Diction for singers : a concise reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French, and Spanish pronunciation. Dallas : Pst... Inc., 1990. REF MT883.W187 D5

Wall, Joan. International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers : A Manual for English and Foreign Language Diction. Dallas: Pst. Inc., c1989. MT883.W187 IPA


Coffin, Berton, et al. Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1972 REF ML54.6 .W9

Phillips, Lois. Lieder Line by Line, and Word for Word. Oxford, Eng.: Clarendon Press, 1996. REF ML54.6 .P558 L7 1996

The ring of words ; an anthology of song texts. The original texts selected and translated, with an introd. by Philip L. Miller. New York, W. W. Norton, 1973. REF ML54.6 .M649r


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Web Sites

The Aria Database
Collection of information about more than 1,000 operatic arias. The database includes translations and aria texts of most arias as well as a collection of MIDI files of operatic arias and ensembles.
An indexed catalog of contemporary art songs for all voice types, a bibliography of useful books, web links, and a newsletter.

The Lied and Song Text Page
This useful site has complete texts for many works and English translations for most of the standard art song repertoire.

National Association of Teachers of Singing
The home page for NATS has information about the organization, workshops, conventions, publications and some links to music sites.

New York City Opera Company
Home page for the New York City Opera includes synopses of current productions, information on composers, links to other interesting sites on opera and the performing arts, and performance schedules.

Opera America
A useful site for singers pursuing a career in opera. This site includes performance schedules; conference, competitions, and fellowship information; advocacy programs; etc.

Operabase provides monthly performance data on 500 international opera houses. Also included are full text reviews and broadcast schedules. The database is available in six languages.

Excellent all-purpose site. Many links to opera pages with information about composers, librettists, operas, opera companies, people, reviews, and schedules.

San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera web site.

Online score service for singers.