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This guide covers the different types of music resources available at Milner Library.

Vocal Music

This page helps you find vocal repertoire and research materials in Milner Library.

Subject Headings - Vocal Music

Search using partial and exact subject terms to see what we have in the collection. Below are some sample subject headings for vocal music and results from the Milner catalog. On the search results screen, use the filters on the left to limit results to books, scores, or recordings.

Sacred vocal music
Songs, English [or other language]
Songs (High Voice) with piano
Songs (Medium Voice) with piano
Songs (Low Voice) with piano
Vocal music
Vocal scores with piano [or other instrument]

Opera - vocal scores with piano
Operas - scores
Operas - excerpts

Cantatas, sacred
Cantatas, secular
Masses - scores
Oratorios - scores
Oratorios - vocal score with piano
Part songs
Part songs, English [or other language]

Musicals - vocal scores with piano

Art Songs

Call Numbers - Vocal Music

Use these call numbers and ranges to browse the stacks for voice resources.

M2, Collected anthologies
M3, Collected works of individual composers
M1500, Full scores of operas and musicals - alphabetical by composer
M1503, Vocal scores of operas and musicals with piano accompaniment - alphabetical by composer
M1619, Collections of songs by two or more composers
M1620, Collected songs of one composer (arranged alphabetically by composer)
M1621, Separate songs (arranged alphabetically by composer)
M1621.4, Song cycles (arranged alphabetically by composer)
M1629 National song collections
M1630.18, Popular song collections
M2027, Sacred solo arias

MT821, Care of the voice
MT870, Sight singing
MT875, Choral singing
MT892, Interpretation, phrasing, expression, etc.

Method Books
ML1460, Vocal technique history
MT820-835, Singing and vocal techniques
MT855-884, Specific techniques
MT885, Studies and exercises

Search Tips - Vocal Music

Finding vocal music can be tricky, especially if the song you're looking for is in an anthology (a collection of songs by one or more composers). And your search strategy will be different if you are looking for an entire opera, oratorio, or musical theater score vs. if you just want to locate an aria or song. (In general, you don't have to worry about entering diacritics in the library catalog -- it should search for the terms without the diacritics.)

To search for an entire musical/opera:

  • Search by title (Title = Carousel)
  • and by composer (Author = Rodgers)

To search for a song or aria:

  • Search by keyword (Keyword = You'll Never Walk Alone)
  • and (Keyword = Rodgers)

Journals - Vocal Music

Online Scores

Recordings - Vocal Music