Voice studies subject guide
This subject guide provides search tips for finding materials in the online catalog as well as important subject terms to be used in keyword searches, call numbers for shelf browsing, as well as important bibliographies, dictionaries & encyclopedias, research guides, and journal titles.
Song & Libretto Indices
The Lied and Art Song Texts Page (recmusic)
This index contains over 50,000 entries which may be searched by composer, librettist, first line, title, or title.
The Aria Database is a diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias. Designed for singers and non-singers alike, the database includes translations and aria texts of most arias as well as a collection of MIDI files of operatic arias and ensembles.
Libretto Index provides links to digitized collections of libretti held at major libraries.
University of Tennessee Song Index
Supported by the George F. DeVine Music Library at the University of Tennessee, this song index identifies over 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published anthologies. While this index does not provide libretti or historical information, it is an excellent resource for locating published versions of specific arias.
Online Opera Scores
Hosted by the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University.
Opera Performance Indices
This site, hosted by Stanford University, is a cross-index of data for over 38,000 opera and oratorio premieres. Originally compiled by Richard Parrillo, entries include works that received a public performance between the years 1589-1995.
This site, hosted by Stanford University, is an inclusive resource for locating libretti, historical performances, bibliographic information, and discographies.
Operabase indexes recent and upcoming world premiers as well as allows visitors to search for information about more than 34,000 opera performances held since 2007.
Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database
Developed in association with the Indiana University Digital Library Program, this database documents a half-century of opera, operetta, and musical comedy telecasts in the United States.
Hymn Tune & Anthem Indices
This site includes the national anthems of hundreds of countries around the world. In most cases entries include the lyrics in the native language as well as demographic information about the country. Some entries also include sound files.
The Hymn Tune Index
Supported by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this database indexes all hymn tunes printed in the English language prior to 1820.
This database includes more than 10,000 Christian hymns and songs from the Gospel. Entries include lyrics, scores, sound files, images, and histories.
Professional Development Tools
IPA Source provides translations with IPA notation of thousands of songs and arias. It can be searched by composer, poet, or song title.
The National Center for Voice & Speech
The NCVS provides detailed information about voice safety, illnesses, and trauma as well as treatments for a variety of voice and throat ailments.
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
The largest national association of teachers of singing, NATS offers a variety of professional development tools including workshops, internship opportunities, master classes, and conferences.
Operissimo is an international database of opera performances. It allows searches of historical and known future opera performances by composer, performer, work, or opera house. The database also includes an index of sound recordings of opera performances.
ChoralNet offers extensive repertoire lists, reference materials, rehearsal tips, and specialized sections in choral technology, church music, and choirs in educational institutions.
This database contains incipits for hundreds of themes, songs, and harmonies. By transposing a melody into the key of C or entering the melody with solfege, you can find the source of the melody.