Women in Music

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

Suggested Call Numbers for Shelf Browsing
Below are general call number ranges for books. Cataloging of printed music ignores the
composer’s sex. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification
Schedule in the yellow book at the Reference Desk, and/or Voyager.

ML (Music Literature)
ML 82 Women as musicians, women in the performing arts
ML 128. W7 Women in music bibliography
ML 156.4. W6 Women composers and musicians discography

Suggested Subject Headings:
Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in Voyager.

Music by Women composers
Women in Music: Works on the portrayal of women in music
Women in Music Bibliography
Women in Music Congresses
Women in Music Italy
Women in opera: Work on the portrayal of women in opera
Women in opera congresses
Women musicians (and its various subcategories of nations e.g. Women musicians
Austria, etc)
African-American women musicians
Women composers
Women conductors
Women singers
Women rock musicians
Women blues musicians
Women jazz musicians
Women jazz singers

Selected Bibliography of Reference Works

Encyclopedic and Biographical Works
Burns, Kristine H., ed. Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia.
Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. Ref. ML106.U5 W872 2002
Claghorn, Charles Eugene. Women Composers and Hymnists: A Concise Biographical
Dictionary. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1984. Ref. BV325 .C58 1984
. Women Composers and Songwriters: A Concise Biographical Dictionary.
Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 1996. Ref. ML105.C584 W87 1996
. International Encyclopedia of Women Composers. 2nd ed. NY: Books & Music,
1987. Ref. ML105.C678 I6 1987
Creasap, Susan D. American Women Composers of Band Music: A Biographical
Dictionary and Catalogue of Works. D.A. Thesis, Ball State University, 1996. Ref.
ML106.U3 C912 1996a
Emerson, Isabelle Putnam. Five Centuries of Women Singers. Westport, CT: Praeger,
2005. Ref. ML400.E53 F565 2005
Europäischer Dirigentinnenreader. Kassel: Furore, .2002. Ref. ML 105. E89 2002.
Europäisches Frauenmusikarciv. Komponistinnen: eine Bestandsaufnahme: die
Sammlung des Europänischen Frauenmusikarchivs. Düsseldorf: Tokkata Verlag vor
Frauenforschung, 1990. Ref. ML136. D9 E89 1990
Fuller, Sophie. The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States
1629-Present. San Francisco: Pandora, 1994. Ref. ML390.F968 P189 1994
Gray, Anne K. The World of Women in Classical Music. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks
Press, 2007. Ref. ML82 .G778 W927 2007
Internationaler Arbeitskreis “Frau und Musik.” Frauen als Komponistinnen: eine
Bestands-Aufnahme. 2nd ed. Düsselforf: Frauenmusikvertrieb, 1988. Ref.
ML128.W78 I61 1988
Jezic, Diane. Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found. NY: Feminist Press at the
City University of New York, 1988. Book/CD. Ref. ML390.J59 1988/CD16,467
Laurence, Anya. Women of Notes: 1000 Women Composers Born Before 1900. NY: R.
Rosen Press, 1978. Ref. ML105.L419 W8
LePage, Jane Weiner. Women Composers, Conductors and Musicians of the Twentieth
Century: Selected Biographies. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1980. Ref. ML82.L591
Olivier, Antje and Karin Weingartz-Perschel. Komponistinnen von A-Z. Düsseldorf:
Tokkata-Verlag, 1988. Ref. ML105.O49 K81 1988
Sadie, Julie Anne and Rhian Samuel, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Women
Composers. New York: Norton, 1994. Ref. ML105.N532 1994
Seager, Joni. The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World. 3rd ed. New York: Penguin,
2003. Ref. G1046.E1 S438 2003
Stern, Susan. Women Composers: A Handbook. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1978. Ref.
ML105.S839 W8
Tick, Judith and Ellen Koskoff. “Women in music,” in The New Grove Dictionary of
Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. Edited by Stanley Sadie. New York: Grove’s
Dictionary, 2001. Vol. 27: 519-542. Ref. ML 100.G88 2001 (or online at
Bibliographies, Catalogs, and Directories
Block, Adrienne Fried and Carol Neuls-Bates, ed. Women in American Music: A
Bibliography of Music and Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1979. Ref.
ML128.W78 B651
Boenke, Heidi M. Flute Music by Women Composers: An Annotated Catalog. NY:
Greenwood, 1988. Ref. ML128.F7 B671 1988
Catalog of Compositions of Concert Music by New York Women Composers. North
Tarrytown, NY: New York Women Composers, 1995. Ref. ML128.W7 C357
Dees, Pamela Youngdahl. A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers. V.1 –
Composers born before 1900. V.2 – Women born after 1900. Westport, CT:
Greenwood, 2002. Ref. ML102.P5 D312 2002
Ericson, Margaret D. Women and Music: A Selective Annotated Bibliography on Women
and Gender Issues in Music, 1987-1992. NY: G.K. Hall, 1996. Ref. ML128.W7 E68
Heinrich, Adel. Organ and Harpsichord Music by Women Composers: An Annotated
Catalog. NY: Greenwood, 1991. Ref ML128.O6 H469 1991
Hixon, Donald L and Don A. Hennessee. Women in Music: An Encyclopedic
Bibliography. 2nd ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1993. Ref. ML105.H676W 1993
Jackson, Barbara Garvey. Say Can You Deny Me: A Guide to Surviving Music by Women
from the 16th through the 18th Centuries. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas
Press, 1994. ML128.W7 J12 1994
Johnson, Rose-Marie. Violin Music by Women Composers: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide.
NY: Greenwood, 1989. Ref. ML128.W7 J68 1989
Meggett, Joan M. Keyboard Music by Women Composers: A Catalog and Bibliography.
Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1981. Ref. ML128.H35 M497
Olivier, Antje. Komponisten aus 800 Jahren. [Germany]: Sequential, 1996. Ref. ML128.
W7 O49 1996
Pendle, Karin. Women in Music: A Research and Information Guide. NY: Routledge,
2005. Ref. ML128.W7 P398 2005
Pool, Jeannie G. Women in Music History: A Research Guide. Ansonia Station, NY: The
author, 1977. Ref. ML128.W78 P821
Rieger, Eva, Martina Oster and Siegrun Schmitt, ed. Sopran contra Bass: die
Komponistin im Musikverlag: Nachschlagewerk aller lieferbarer Noten. Kassel:
Furore-Verlag, 1989. Ref. ML128. W78 R55 1989
Schlegel, Ellen Grolman. Catalogue of Published Works for String Orchestra and Piano
Trio by Twentieth-Century American Women Composers. Bessemer, AL: Colonial
Press, 1993. Ref. ML120.U5 S33 1993
Skowronski, JoAnn. Women in American Music, A Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.:
Scarecrow Press, 1978. Ref. ML128.W78 S628
Smith, Julia. Directory of American Women Composers; with Selected Music for Senior
and Junior Clubs. [Chicago]: Federation of Music Clubs, 1970. Ref. ML120.U5
Walker-Hill, Helen. Music by Black Women Composers: A Bibliography of Available
Scores. Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 1995. Ref.
ML128.W7 W179 1995  
Zaimont, Judith Lang and Karen Famera. Contemporary Concert Music by Women: A
Directory of the Composers and Their Works. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1981. Ref.
ML105.Z21 C7

Cohen, Aaron I. International Discography of Women Composers. Westport, CT:
Greenwood, 1984. Ref. ML156.4.W6 C678 1984
Frasier, Jane. Women Composers: A Discography. Detroit: Information Coordinators,
1983. Ref. ML156.4.W6 F848 1983
Laird, Ross. Moanin’ Low: A Discography of Female Popular Vocal Recordings, 1920-
1933. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996. Ref. ML 156.4.W6 L35 1996
Leder, Jan. Women in Jazz: A Discography of Instrumental Music, 1913-1968. Westport,
CT: Greenwood, 1985. Ref. ML156.4.J3 L473 1985
Stewart-Green, Miriam. Women Composers: A Checklist of Works for the Solo Voice.
Boston: G.K. Hall, 1980. Ref. ML156.4.V7 S851

Selected Anthologies
Bricoe, James R. New Historical Anthology of Music by Women. Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 2004. Score and CDs. MT6.5 .N532 3004/CD16,532
Schleifer, Martha Furman and Sylvia Glickman, eds. Women Composers: Music Through
the Ages. New York : G.K. Hall, 1996-. 8 vols. M2.W872
Straus, Joseph N., ed. Music by Women for Study and Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. :
Prentice Hall, 1993. MT6.5 .M98 1993

Selected Current Journals at Sibley

Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (ML82.W8712, also available
International League of Women Composers Journal (ML1.I6197, also available
International Alliance for Women in Music Journal (ML1.I6197 I11, also available
Women of Note Quarterly: The Magazine of Historical and Contemporary Women
Composers (ML1.W872)

Internet Resources

http://www.iawm.org (Website for International Alliance for Women in Music)
http://www.music.indiana.edu/music_resources/women.html (Indiana University’s list of
online resources)
http://www.lib.washington.edu/music/women.html (links to more online resources)
http://www.asu.edu/lib/subject/womusic.htm (annotated bibliography of women in music
http://www.jmwc.org/Women/women_index.html (Jewish women in music)


Compiled by Jim Farrington 7/06; rev. 5/08