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Glenn Gould Archive Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains audio
The archives of concert pianist Glenn Gould. Includes selected audio files, images, bibliography, finding aids, and full-text writings by or about Gould.


Music Index Online Restricted Resource
Music Index Online covers topics concerned with every aspect of the classical and popular world of music.

Dates of coverage: 1979-present.
Pipedreams, the American Public Radio program devoted to the organ Resource contains audio
Pipedreams, the American Public Radio program (created by Oberlin alumnus Michael Barone) devoted to the organ and its literature).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Restricted Resource
Comprehensive music bibliography providing international coverage of music literature.

Dates of coverage: 1800s to the present

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals Some full text available
Citations to articles in scholarly and popular music periodicals. Contains more than 500,000 entries. Includes RIPM Online Archive, a full-text version of journals indexed in RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals.

Dates of Coverage: 1800 and 1950
RISM: Répertoire International des Sources Musicales Restricted Resource

An international, cooperative effort to identify and describe the world's pre-1850 musical sources, to record what primary sources exist, and to identify their locations. These sources include manuscripts or printed music, writings on music theory, and libretti.

Dictionaries & Thesauri

A database of musical themes in Western classical music, folksongs, and sixteenth-century Latin motets. The Themefinder U.S. RISM subset includes the incipits of over 55,000 post-1600 musical manuscripts from U.S. libraries.


Musical America Restricted Resource
Contains international industry news, all contact information and articles.
World Federation of International Music Competitions
    A directory of over 120 international music competitions, with additional information about prize winners and commissioned works.


Encyclopedia of Organ Stops
An extensive online encyclopedia of organ stops and other organ-related topics.
Grove Music Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Online music encyclopedia, offering comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship.
MGG Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general German-language encyclopedia of music, and it offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions
RILM Music Encyclopedias Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
RILM Music Encyclopedias is a full-text compilation of reference works and is a unique collection of 41 seminal encyclopedias published between 1775 and 2015. International in scope.

Library Catalogs

Oberlin's Supplementary LP Record Catalog
The Supplementary LP Recording Catalog contains access to recordings cataloged prior to 1976 not otherwise included in OBIS. The listing below includes composers, performers, titles and subjects interfiled. When critical information was included on the backs of cards, the verso was also scanned in the preservation process.

Organizations & Associations

Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde
Repository of information for and about the organ.
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
A national association of music teachers with nearly 22,000 members and more than 500 local affiliates. Sponsors competitions, professional certification, and financial assistance programs.
New Music USA
An advocacy and funding organization, comprised of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer, formed to support creators, performers, and audiences of new American music by living composers.
Organ Historical Society
 Dedicated to documenting and preserving historic pipe organs and to raising public awareness and appreciation of America's organ heritage. Website contains information on membership, meetings, and local chapters, as well as an extensive catalog of books, scores, and recordings for sale.
Piano Technicians Guild
An association for professional and avocational interest in piano technology and the administrator of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) certification.
The American Guild of Organists
A national professional association in the fields of organ and choral music, with 330 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Sponsors conferences, competitions, publications, educational projects, and professional certification programs.


Musical Instruments: History, Technology, and Performance of Instruments of Western Music
Print Location: ML460 .C36 2004
OBIS record

Primary Sources

Glenn Gould Archive Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains audio
The archives of concert pianist Glenn Gould. Includes selected audio files, images, bibliography, finding aids, and full-text writings by or about Gould.
Oberlin Conservatory Special Collections
The Conservatory's own special collections reside in the basement of the Kohl Building and can be retrieved upon request.
William Steinway Diary: 1861-1896 Some full text available Resource contains images
2,500 pages of piano builder William Steinway's diary. Provides high-resolution images as well as transcriptions and annotations (in progress). Topics include personal reminiscences, piano building and the company Steinway & Sons, and New York and U.S. politics, society, and cultural life.

Repertoire Guides

Bio-Bibliographical Index of Organ Music: Composers, Works, Editions: 1150-2000
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.O6 B42 2001 vols. 1-2
OBIS record
Directory of Composers for Organ
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.O6 H44 2005
OBIS record
Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers
Print Location: Con Reference ML102.P5 D44 2002
OBIS record
Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.P3 H5 2000
OBIS record
Harpsichord and Clavichord Music of the Twentieth Century
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.H35B39 1993
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Kammermusik-Katalog. Ein Verzeichnis von seit 1841 veröffentlichten Kammermusikwerken
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.C4 A5 1967
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Kammermusik-Katalog; Verzeichnis der von 1944 bis 1958 veröffentlichten Werke für Kammermusik und für Klavier vier- und sechshändig sowie für zwei und mehr Klaviere
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.C4R55
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Keyboard Music by Women Composers: a Catalog and Bibliography
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.H35M43
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Keyboard Music of Black Composers: a Bibliography
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.B45H68 1992
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La musique d'orgue: guide de la musique d'orgue imprimee
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.O6 L38 2000
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Music for Three or More Pianists: A Historical Survey and Catalogue
Print Location: Con Reference ML700.M39 1993
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Organ and Harpsichord Music by Women Composers: an Annotated Catalog
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.O6O73 1991
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Organ Literature: a Comprehensive Survey
Print Location: Con Reference ML600 .A76 1995 vols. 1-2
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Organ Plus: a Catalogue of Ensemble Music for Organ with Other Instruments
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.O6S7 1992
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Organ-preludes; an Index to Compositions on Hymn Tunes, Chorales, Plainsong Melodies, Gregorian Tunes and Carols
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.O6 E4
OBIS record
Pianist's Guide to Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Paraphrases
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.P3 H536 1990
OBIS record
Piano Music by Black Women Composers: a Catalog of Solo and Ensemble Works
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.P3W3 1992
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Twentieth-Century Harpsichord Music; a Classified Catalog
Print Location: Con Reference ML128.H35B4
OBIS record

Video Files Restricted Resource Resource contains video
A classical music digital channel, offering a catalogue of 1,400 programmes in video-on-demand, as well as 100 live concerts each year.
MUSAIC—a collaborative digital initiative Resource contains video
a collaborative digital initiative in the form of a video library curated by America’s Orchestral Academy and initiated by the New World Symphony
Naxos Video Library Restricted Resource Resource contains video
A performing arts video library with operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places.
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