Boldini: The Mondona Singer (1884) 

This guide is designed to help you find information about the voice and vocal music. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!

Finding Vocal Repertoire


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.

Secular Vocal Music

M1500 – M1508  dramatic music: operas, musicals etc.
M1500  operas – full scores 
M1503 operas – vocal scores with piano
M1505  operas – excerpts -full scores 
M1506  operas – excerpts – arranged accompaniment 
M1528 – M1529.5 duets, trios etc., for solo voices
M1530 -M1546.5 choruses with orchestra or other ensemble
M1547 – M1600 choruses, part-songs, etc., with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied
M1610 cantatas, choral symphonies, etc., for unaccompanied chorus
M1611 – M1626 songs for one voice
M1619  Collections of multiple composers
M1620 Collections, one composer 
M1621  Individual songs
M1627  national songs
M1628 – M1677.8 United States


Sacred Vocal Music

M2000 – M2007 Oratorios
M2010 – M2017.7 Services
M2010 – M2014 masses, requiems
M2018 – M2019.5 duets, trios, etc.
M2020 – M2036 choruses, cantatas, etc., with orchestra or other ensemble
M2060 – M2101.5 choruses, part-songs, etc. with accompaniment of keyboard or other solo instrument, or unaccompanied
M2102 – 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


Suggested Subject Headings

Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in our catalog. For
complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for our catalog

Headings for LP Catalog

vocal music; sacred vocal music 


songs with … 

songs english; songs spanish, songs german; etc.  

songs high voice; songs medium voice; songs low voice 

cantatas; oratorios 


part songs


vocal music




Print resources for vocal repertoire


Barlow, Harold. A Dictionary of Opera and Song Themes: Including Cantatas, Oratorios, Lieder, and Art
          Songs. NY: Crown Publishers, 1976. Ref. ML128 .V87 B25O 1976

Berry, Corre. Vocal Chamber Duets: An Annotated Bibliography. N.P.: The National Association of
          Teachers of Singing, 1981. Ref. ML128.V87 B5

Coffin, Berton. Singer’s Repertoire. NY: Scarecrow Press, 1962. Ref. ML128 .V87 C675.2

Doscher, Barbara, ed. and annotated by John Nix. From Studio to Stage: Repertoire for the Voice. Lanham,
          MD: Scarecrow, 2002. Ref. ML127.V7 D717 2002

Dunlap, Kay and Barbara Winchester. Vocal Chamber Music: A Performers Guide. NY: Garland, 1985.
          Ref. ML128 .V7 D921 1985

Espina, Noni. Repertoire for the Solo Voice: A Fully Annotated Guide to Works for the Solo Voice Published
          in Modern Editions and Covering Material from the 13th Century to the Present. Metuchen, NJ:
          Scarecrow, 1977. ML128 .S3 E77

HopkinJ. Arden Songs for Young Singers: An Annotated List for Developing Voices. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow
          Press, 2002. Ref. ML132.S6 H793 2002

Kagen, Sergius. Music for the Voice: A Descriptive List of Concert and Teaching Material, rev. ed.
          Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1968. Ref. ML128.V87 K11 1968

McTyre, Ruthann Boles. Library Resources for Singers, Coaches, and Accompanists: An Annotated Bibliography,
          1970-1997. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998. Ref. ML128.V7 M47 1998

Newman, Marilyn S. The Comprehensive Catalogue of Duet Literature for Female Voices: Vocal Chamber
          Duets with Keybaord Accompaniment Composed between 1820-1995. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow,
          1999. Ref. ML128.V7 N554 1999

Ord, Alan J. Songs for Bass Voice: An Annotated Guide to Works for Bass Voice. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow,
          1994. Ref. ML132.S6 O65 1994

Ulmer, Marissa L. Bibliography of Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Works for Voice, Horn, and Piano.
          Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 2006. Ref. ML128.S3 U43 2007

Walter, Wolfgang. Lied-Bibliographie/Song Bibliography: Reference to Literature on the Art Song. Frankfurt
          am Main: Peter Lang, 2005. Ref. ML128.S3 W234 2005


Online resources for vocal repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about the voice and vocal music

Grove Music Online:

Owen Jander, et al. “Singing.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 7, 2014,



Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog


ML128.V7 Voice and vocal bibliographies
ML1400 – ML3275 Books about the voice and vocal music
ML1400 – ML1451 General
ML1460 Vocal technique; Including history of the teaching of singing
ML1499 – ML1554 Choral music, general
ML1600 – ML2881 Secular vocal music
ML1600  – ML1651 General; By Period; By Region or country
ML1699 – ML2110 Dramatic music
ML2400 Cantatas
ML2500 – ML2851 Solo voice(s)
ML2854 – ML2881 Other
ML2900 – ML3275 Sacred vocal music
ML2900 – 3200
General; By Period; By Region or country;  By Religion or Denomination; Forms and Types
ML3201 – 3251 Oratorios
ML3260 Other choral forms generally in several movements; Including cantatas
Psalmody. Hymns and hymn singing; works not written from a denominational standpoint
ML3275 Other
MT820-MT893 Studies and methods
MT898-MT915 Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the voice and vocal music

Boldrey, Richard. Guide to Operatic Roles & Arias. Dallas: Pst, 1994. ML102.O6 B687 1994

Phonetic readings of songs and arias, 2nd ed. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1982. Ref. MT883 .P57 1982 
          (See other phonetic readings of songs in the MT883 section of reference)

Word-by-word Translations of Songs and Arias. NY: Scarecrow, 1972. Ref. ML54.6 .C675W (See other
          translation books in the ML54 section of reference)

Daykin, Frank. The Encyclopedia of French Art Song: Faure, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc. Vox Musicae, 10.
          Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon, 2013. Ref. ML102 .S6 D275 2013

Emmons, Shirlee and Wilbur Watkin Lewis. Researching the Song: A Lexicon. London: Oxford UP, 2006.
          Ref. ML102.S6 E54 2006

Griffel, Margaret Ross. Operas in English: A Dictionary, Vols. 1 & 2. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
          Ref. ML102.O6 G849 2013 v.1 and v.2

McDonald, Mary M. Career Guide for Singers. NY: Opera America, 2000. Ref. ML13 .C271 2000

Mesa, Franklin. Opera: An Encyclopedia of World Premieres and Significant Performances, Singers,
          Composers, Librettists, Arias and Conductors, 1597-2000. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.
          Ref. ML102.O6 M578 2007

Sadie, Stanley. New Grove Dictionary of Opera. NY: Grove’s Dictionaries of Music, 1992.
          Ref. ML102 .O6 N53 1992 (online here)

Related works may be found by searching the subjects: voice, vocal music.




Cambridge Opera Journal  (electronic)  
Classical Singer  ML3795 .N5325
International Musician  Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832
Journal of Research in Singing and Applied Vocal Pedagogy  ML1.J86 R4 
Journal of Singing  (electronic)
Journal of Voice 
ML5 .O6
Opernwelt  ML5 .O615
Opera News  (electronic) 
Opera Quarterly (electronic) 

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). For call numbers of older, bound issues, look in the Sibley Library Serials list (found on quick reference shelves).


Internet Resources

National Association of Teachers of Singing
The Aria Database
The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
Public-Domain Opera Libretti and Other Vocal Texts


Compiled by P. Ponella, 7/95, Rev 7/97; Rev. 6/99, 7/01, 9/04, 5/06, 10/07, 9/13 by Jim Farrington; Rev. 1/14 by Jeff Weeks