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Aria Database
“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.” Searchable by aria, opera, composer, or role. Also has links to opera companies and related websites.
A Brief History of Singing
This website traces the history of singing from its earliest stages until the present.
Free Translation.Com
Translates from Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese and Russian into English and from English into these languages plus some.
The Lied and Song Texts Page
This is “an archive of 17,464 texts used in Lieder and other classical Art Songs (Kunstlieder, Mélodies, Canzoni, Romansy, Canciones, Liederen, Canções, Sånger, Laulua, etc.) as well as in many choral works and other types of classical vocal pieces (26,458 settings and growing). Several thousand translations to English, French, German, Spanish and other languages are also offered.”
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Membership, publication and event information; FYI section has teacher listings, FAQ’s about vocal study, links to related websites, and free e-postcards.
University of Tennessee Song Index
Locate which song anthologies contain the song(s) you need. Provides book title and UT call number, but not the music or words. After finding the anthology title, you can look it up in our library catalog to see if we have it or check on inter-library loan availability.
VOCALIST Worldwide
Search the archive for discussion on a variety of voice-related topics. Also includes helpful guides to internet sheet music, voice teachers’ websites, online magazines, worldwide vocal resources by country, and more.

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selected library holdings – current periodicals

All periodicals are located by call number in the downstairs periodical room in the library.

Classical Singer: full text available online at www.classicalsinger.com

Journal of Singing: the Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Jacksonville, FL: The Association, 1995-. Volumes 52-. J826sing

Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation. New York: Raven Press, 1987-. Volumes 1-. J826xvo

The NATS Journal. Oberlin, OH: National Association of Teachers of Singing, 1985-. Volumes 42-51. N213astb

Opera Journal. University, MS: University of Mississippi through the Continuing Education Division for the National Opera Association. v. 1-8. Op2raj

Opera News. New York: Metropolitan Opera Guild, July 1983-present. Op2rane

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selected library holdings – books, scores audiovisuals by topic

art songs – general

Emmons, Shirlee. The Art of the Song Recital. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1979. 784.934.Em67a

Mabry, Sharon. Exploring Twentieth-Century Vocal Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. 784.932.M115e

Manning, Jane. New Vocal Repertory, 2 vols. New York: Clarendon Press, 1986-1998. 784.3.M316n vols. 1 and 2

Meister, Barbara. An Introduction to the Art Song. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co., 1980. 784.3.M479i

Miller, Phillip. The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Song Texts. New York: W.W. Norton, 1973. 784.3.M617r

Osborne, Charles. Concert Song Companion. London: Gollancz, 1974. 784.3.Os1c

Potter, John. Vocal Authority: Singing Style and Ideology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 784.932.P853v

Stevens, Denis. History of Song. London: Hutchinson, 1961. 784.09.St47h


Carman, Judith E. Art Song in the United States, 1759-1999: An Annotated Bibliography. Rev. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001. 016.7843.c211A 2001

Fridberg, Ruth C. American Art Song and American Poetry, 3 vols. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1981. 784.3.F912a 3 vols.

Lust, Patricia. American Vocal Chamber Music, 1945-1980. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, c1985. 016.7843.L976a

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art songs – english

Banfield, Stephen. Sensibility and English Song: Critical Studies of the Early 20th Century, 2 vols. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985. 784.300942.B224s, 2 vols.

Nortcote, Sydney. Byrd to Britten: A Survey of English Song. New York: Roy Publishers, 1966. 784.300942.N813d

Spink, Ian. English Song: Dowland to Purcell. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1974. 784.0942.Sp46e

Toft, Robert. Heart to Heart: Expressive Singing in England, 1780-1830. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 784.90942.T571h

Toft, Robert. Tune Thy Musicke to Thy Hart: The Art of Eloquent Singing in England, 1597-1622. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. 784.932.T571t


Bathori, Jane. On the Interpretation of the Mélodies of Claude Debussy. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1998. 784.3.D354sLEL

Bernac, Pierre. The Interpretation of French Song. New York: Norton, 1978. 784.934.B456i

Cobb, Margaret G., ed. The Poetic Debussy: A Collection of his Song Texts and Selected Letters. Rev. 2nd ed. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 1994. 784.3.D354pEm, 1994

Coffin & Singer. Word by Word Translations of Songs and Arias. Vol. I: German and French (1966). New York: Scarecrow Press, 1966-72. 016.7843061.C654sc 2vols.

Johnson, Graham. A French Song Companion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 784.3.J632f

Meister, Barbara. Nineteenth-Century French Song: Fauré, Chausson, DuParc, and Debussy. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1980. 784.0944.M479n

Noske, Frits. French Song from Berlioz to Duparc. New York: Dover Publications, 1970. 784.0944.N841mEb

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art songs – german lieder

Brody, Elaine & Robert Fowkes. German Lied and its Poetry. New York: New York University Press, 1971. 784.30943.B784g

The Cambridge Companion to the Lied. James Parsons, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 784.3.C144c

Coffin & Singer. Word by Word Translations of Songs and Arias. Vol. I: German and French (1966). New York: Scarecrow Press, 1966-72. 016.7843061.C654sc 2vols.

Drinker, Henry. Texts of the Songs of Franz Schubert, 2 vols. New York: Priv. print. and distributed by The Association of American Colleges Arts Program, 1951-54. 784.81.Sch78t

Drinker, Henry. Texts of the Vocal Works of Johannes Brahms in English Translation. New York: Printed privately and distributed by the Association of American Colleges, Arts Program, 1945. 784.D832t

Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich. Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder. New York: Knopf, 1977. 016.7843061.F525f

Garran, Randolph. Schubert and Schumann Songs and Translations. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 1971-1972. 784.3.Sch78s

Glass, Beaumont. Brahms’ Complete Song Texts. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 1999. 784.3.B73bs

Glass, Beaumont. Hugo Wolf’s Complete Song Texts. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 2000. 784.3.W853 G52 2000

Gorrell, Lorraine. The Nineteenth-Century German Lied. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1993. 784.3.G683n

Hallmark, Rufus, ed. German Lieder in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Schirmer Books, 1996. 784.3.G317L

Kravitt, Edward. The Lied: Mirror of Late Romanticism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. 784.3.K869L

Landau, Anneliese. The Lied: The Unfolding of Its Style. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1980. 784.3.L363-l

Miller, Richard. Singing Schumann: An Interpretive Guide for Performers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 784.3.Sch86m

Paquin, Marie-Thérèse. Dix Cycles de Lieder: Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann. Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1977. 784.3.D642c

Philips, Lois. Lieder Line by Line and Word for Word. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 784.3.P554L 1996

Schumann, Robert. Literary Text Used in Solo Songs, Part Songs, and Works for Vocal Declamation. New York: Schott, 2002. M3.S3927 1991 Ser.8, Bd.2

Stein, Jack M. Poem and Music in the German Lied from Gluck to Hugo Wolf. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971. 784.30943.St34p

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art songs – italian

Coffin & Singer. Word by Word Translations of Songs and Arias. Vol. II: Italian (1972). New York: Scarecrow Press, 1966-72. 016.7843061.C654sc 2vols.

Lakeway, Ruth C. Italian Art Song. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989. 784.3.L149i

art songs – russian

Piatak, Jean. Russian Songs & Arias: Phonetic Readings, Word-by-Word Translations. Dallas, TX: Pst…Inc., 1991. 016.7843.R92p

Richter. Laurence R. Rachmaninov’s Complete Song Texts. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 2000. 016.7843.R114r

Richter, Laurence R. Tchaikovsky’s Complete Song Texts: Russian texts of the complete songs of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Genesco, NY: Leyerle Pubs., 1999. 016.7843.T219r


Boldrey, Richard. Guide to Operatic Duets. Dallas: Pst…, c1994. 016.7821.B637gd

Boldrey, Richard. Guide to Operatic Roles & Arias. Dallas: Pst…, c1994. 016.7821.B637gr

Castel, Nico. The Complete Verdi Libretti, vol.1. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 1994. 782.085.V584oEc

Castel, Nico. French Opera Libretti, 2 vols. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 1999. 782.085.F888o

Castel, Nico. Italian Belcanto Opera Libretti, 3 vols. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 2000. 782.085.It1b

Castel, Nico. Italian Verismo Opera Libretti, vol.1. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 2000. 782.085.V588o v.1

Castel, Nico. The Libretti of Mozart’s completed Operas, 2 vols. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 1997. 782.085.M877L v.1

Castel, Nico. The Complete Puccini Libretti, 2 vols. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 1993. 782.085.P961 o vols.1 and 2

Castel, Nico. Four Strauss Opera Libretti. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle, 2002. 782.085.St82f

Clark, Mark. Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera: A Guide to Singer-getics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. 782.107.C548s

Craig, David. A Performer Prepares: A Guide to Song Preparation for Actors, Singers, and Dancers. New York: Applause, 1993. 784.95.C844p

Gruber, Paul. Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera. New York: Metropolitan Opera Guild: W.W. Norton, c1993. 789.91221.M567o

Helfgot, Daniel. The Third Line: The Opera Performer as Interpreter. New York: Schirmer Books, 1993. 784.932.H367t

LaRue, Steven, ed. International Dictionary of Opera. Detroit: St. James Press, 1993. 782.103.In8d 2 vols.

Sadie, Stanley, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries of Music, 1992. 782.103.N42g, 4 vols. –Also included with the online resource: Grove Music

Singher, Martial. Interpretive Guide to Operatic Arias. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1983. 784.934.Si64i

Warrack, John. The Oxford Dictionary of Opera. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. 782.103.Ox2w

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dictionaries, bibliographies and song indexes

Ammer, Christine. The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms. Boston: E.C. Schirmer, 1989. 781.12.Am62m 1989

Barlow, Harold & Sam Morgenstern. A Dictionary of Vocal Themes. New York: Crown Publishers, 1950. 016.784.B249di

Coffin, Berton. Singer’s Repertoire, v.1-5. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1960-62. 016.7843061.C654s v.1-5

Doscher, Barbara. From Studio to Stage: Repertoire for the Voice. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002. 016.7843061.D74f

Espina, Noni. Repertoire for the Solo Voice. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1977. 016.7843061.Es65r 2 vols.

Espina, Noni. Vocal Solos for Christian Churches. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1984. 016.78367.Es65v 1984

Goleeke, Tom. Literature for Voice: An Index of Songs in Collections and Source Book for Teachers of Singing. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1984. 016.7843.G581L 2 vols.

Hopkin, J. Arden. Songs for Young Singers: An Annotated List for Developing Voices. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002. 016.7843061.H773s

Kagen, Sergius. Music for the Voice. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, c1968. 016.7843061.K119m 1968

Kenyon, John Samuel. A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1953. MSL READY REF. 421.5.K426p 1953

Kimball, Carol. Song: A Guide to Style and Literature. Redmond, WA: PST, Inc., 1996. 016.7843.K561s

McTyre, Ruthann Boles. Library Resources for Singers, Coaches, and Accompanists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. 016.784932.M459L

Music Educators National Conference (U.S.). Selective Music Lists: Vocal Solos & Ensembles (1979, 1974, 1972, 1971, 1968, 1964, 1963, 1958, 1957). Reston, VA: The Conference, c1979. 016.7841.M973si 1979

Newman, Marilyn. The Comprehensive Catalogue of Duet Literature for Female Voices: Vocal Chamber duets with Keyboard Accompaniment Composed Between 1820-1995. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1999. 016.7843062.N466c

Reid, Cornelius. A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology. New York: Joseph Patelson Music House, 1983. 784.903.R272d

Stahl, Dorothy. Selected Discography of Solo Song (1971-1974 Suppl, 1975-1982 Suppl). Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1984. 789.91364.St14s 1975- 1982 SUPPL.; 789.91364 .St14s 1971- 1974 SUPPL.

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Adams, David. A Handbook of Diction for Singers: Italian, German, French. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 784.932.Ad17h

Adler, Kurt. Phonetics and Diction in Singing. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1967. 784.93.Ad59ab

Arnold, William. French Diction for Singers and Speakers. Philadelphia: Oliver Ditson Company, 1912. 784.932.Ar65f

Castel, Nico. A Singer’s Manual of Spanish Lyric Diction. New York: Excalibur, 1994. 784.043.C275s

Coffin, Berton. Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1982. 784.93.C654p 1982

Colorni, Evelina. Singer’s Italian. New York: G. Schirmer, 1970. 784.932.C719s

Cox, Richard G. The Singer’s Manual of German and French Diction. New York: G. Schirmer, 1970. 784.932.C839s

Grubb, Thomas. Singing in French. New York: Schirmer Books, 1979. 784.932.G92s

Hines, Robert S. Singers Manual of Latin Diction & Phonetics. New York: Schirmer Books, 1975. 784.932.H589s

Magner, Candace A. Phonetic Readings of Brahms Lieder. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1987. 784.3.B73mp

Marshall, Madeleine Forell. Singers Manual of English Diction. New York: G. Schirmer, 1953. 784.93.M357s

McGee, Timothy J., et al., eds. Singing Early Music: The Pronunciation of European Languages in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. Book: 784.932.Si64e, Compact Disc: CD 5127

Moriarity, John. Diction: Italian, Latin, French, German. Boston: E. C. Schirmer Music Co., 1975. 784.932.M824d

Odom, William. German for Singers. New York: Schirmer Books, c1981. 784.932.Od5g

Pfautsch, Lloyd. English Diction for Singers. New York: Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, 1971. 784.932.P474e

Uris, Dorothy. To Sing in English: A Guide to Improved Diction. New York: Boosey and Hawkes, 1971. 784.932.Ur3t

Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers. Dallas: Pst…Inc., c1990. 784.932.D561fs

Wall, Joan. International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers: A Manual for English and Foreign Language Diction. Dallas, TX: Pst…, Inc., 1989. 784.932 .W155i

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pedagogy and technique

Adams, Charlotte. Daily Workout for a Beautiful Voice. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, 1991. VT 6370 VHS

Barton, Peter. Voice: The Universal Instrument. Chicago, IL: Clearvue, 1989. VT 5357

Berkman, Al. The Actor Sings. Los Angeles, CA: Melrose Pub. Co., 1985. 784.934.B455a

Boytim, Joan Frey. The Private Voice Studio Handbook. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 2003. 784.962.B715p

Brown, Oren. Discover Your Voice: How to Develop Healthy Voice Habits. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, 1996. Book with CD. 784.932.B814d

Callas, Maria. Callas at Juilliard Sound Recording: Master Classes. Hayes Middlesex, England: EMI Records, 1987. CD 1181-1183. Accompanying Book: 784.932.C131c

Caldwell, Robert. Excellence in Singing: Multilevel Learning and Multilevel Teaching. Redmond, WA: Caldwell Publishing, 2001. 784.93.C311e 5 vols. With INDEX

Caldwell, Robert. The Performer Prepares: 100% commitment. Dallas, TX: Pst…Inc., 1992. VT 4549

Callaghan, Jean. Singing and Voice Science. San Diego: Singular Pub. Group, 2000. 784.932.C13s

Christy, Van Ambrose. Foundations in Singing: A Basic Textbook in Vocal Technique and Song Interpretation. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990. 784.93.C468f 1990 Med. High

Coffin, Berton. Coffin’s Sounds of Singing, 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002. 784.932

David, Merilee. The New Voice Pedagogy. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1995. 784.932.D28n

Emmons, Shirlee and Alma Thomas. Power Performance for Singers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 784.934.Em67p

Haasemann, Frauke. Group Vocal Techniques. Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1989. VT 3300

Hemsley, Thomas. Singing and Imagination: A Human Approach to a Great Musical Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 784.932.H379s

Hines, Jerome. Great Singers on Great Singing. 7th ed. New York: Limelight, 1994. 784.93.H589g 1994

Lieberman, Julie. You Are Your Instrument: The Definitive Musician’s Guide to Practice and Performance. 2nd ed. New York: Huiksi Music, 1991. 780.7.L621y

Lieberman, Julie. The Vocalist’s Guide to Fitness, Health & Musicianship. Woodstock, NY: Homespun Video, 1991. VT 5062

McKinney, James. Vocal Fundamentals Kit. 1 cassette and 3 booklets. Mca Kit 7

Miller, Kenneth. Principles of Singing: A Text Book for First-year Singers. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1983. 784.932.M615p 1983

Miller, Richard. National Schools of Singing: English, French, German, and Italian Techniques of Singing Revisited. Rev. ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997. 784.932.M617en

Miller, Richard. On the Art of Singing. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 784.934.M617o

Miller, Richard. Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 784.932.M617sf

Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique. New York: Schirmer Books, 1986. 784.93.M617s

Miller, Richard. Training Soprano Voices. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 984.932.M617s

Nelson, Samuel. Singing With Your Whole Self: The Feldenkrais Method and Voice. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002. 784.932.N337s

Popeil, Lisa. Lisa Popeil’s The Total Singer. Sherman Oaks, CA: Voiceworks, c1996. VT 4946

Schmidt, Jan. Basics of Singing. 2nd ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1989. 784.93.Sch54b, 1989

Sotak, Diana Kodner. Handbook for Cantors. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1988. 783.5.So76h

Stanton, Royal. Steps to Singing for Voice Classes. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1983. 784.932.St26s 1983

Wall, Joan and Robert Caldwell. The Singer’s Voice – Breath. Dallas, TX: PST, Inc., 1993. VT 3183

Wall, Joan and Robert Caldwell. The Singer’s Voice – A Fiberoptic View of the Vocal Folds. Dallas, TX: PST, Inc., 1993. VT 3181 VHS

Wall, Joan and Robert Caldwell. The Singer’s Voice – Resonance. Dallas, TX: PST, Inc., 1993. VT 4228 VHS

Wall, Joan and Robert Caldwell. The Singer’s Voice – The Vocal Folds. Dallas, TX: PST, Inc., 1993. VT 3182 MAN

Wall, Joan and Robert Caldwell. The Singer’s Voice – The Vocal Tract. Dallas, TX: PST, Inc., 1993. VT 3359 MAN

Wormhoudt, P. Building the Voice as an Instrument. Oskaloosa, IA: William Penn College, 1981. 784.932.W894b