ASACAP collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
Folk Song Index includes the song title, first line of chorus, first line of verse, and full bibliographic information on the source. The index contains over 63,300 entries, and, to date, indexes over 2,400 anthologies.
Music Index Online covers topics concerned with every aspect of the classical and popular world of music.
Dates of coverage: 1979-present.
Index of 55,000 songs in anthologies held by the Oberlin Conservatory Library.
Provides a cross-index of data for over 38,000 opera and oratorio premieres.
Comprehensive music bibliography providing international coverage of music literature.
Dates of coverage: 1800s to the present
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
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.
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.
Contains international industry news, all contact information and articles.
A directory of over 120 international music competitions, with additional information about prize winners and commissioned works.
Contains Grove Music Online, the Oxford Companion to Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
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.
Detailed information on 44 operas, including synopses, character listing, and performance history.
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.
Texts and translations of Bach's vocal works, including cantatas, arias, and other vocal pieces.
Includes synopses, libretti, scores, images, and audio.
The most complete site for opera libretti available. Navigation leaves much to be desired, but the site's content more than compensates. Most libretti can be found with an accompanying English translation, only a few texts are left solely in the original language.
Information about every Metropolitan Opera performance since 1883. Includes cast and production information, photographs and designs, and reviews.
A collection of synopses of operas in the Met's repertoire since 1996.
Part of Naxos' education page at their commercial site. Synopses not only include plot, but character break-down and a short history. Contains many hard-to-find operas.
Transcriptions of Italian opera libretti from the period between 1870 and 1920. Site and libretti available in Italian only.
Information about operas, including libretti, synopses and sources, performance histories, and discographies.
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.
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.
National service organization for opera.
The ultimate resource for young artists and emerging professionals. Their sophisticated tracking system will keep you apprised of upcoming applications and auditions.
The Conservatory's own special collections reside in the basement of the Kohl Building and can be retrieved upon request.
A free, automated tool for creating parts from existing music scores. Upload a PDF or import from IMSLP, then adjust the optically generated staff divisions to extract parts.
An on-line project devoted to greater understanding of phonetic usage. The site contains character charts along with audio samples of specific sounds and these sounds as found in complete words. This site also contains detailed IPA for German, French, and Spanish.
IPA Source contains International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.
The official site of the International Phonetic Association, the creators of the IPA. The site offers an in-depth review of IPA, with detailed explanations following every character. View IPA charts, download IPA fonts, and listen to audio examples.
This site contains three versions of IPA fonts available for downloading. Mac and Windows versions available.
First-line index of solo vocal works, with full texts when permissible; browseable by composer or poet.
A classical music digital channel, offering a catalogue of 1,400 programmes in video-on-demand, as well as 100 live concerts each year.
More than 450 Met performances. Dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, '80s, '90s, and '00s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936.
a collaborative digital initiative in the form of a video library curated by America’s Orchestral Academy and initiated by the New World Symphony
A performing arts video library with operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places.
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Brenton Grom, Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at Case Western University, created this guide.