PFMJ Voice Performance

Search Tips: Finding Arias & Songs

BEST TIP: use a keyword search:

  1. Enter in as much of the title that you are absolutely sure of
  2. Put quotation marks around words that go together in a phrase ("mia bella")
  3. Filter your results with the options of scores or audio

Still can't find it?
Come to the Music Center desk. It helps if you know:
  • the composer
  • if the song is part of a larger work or is it known by another title?
  • if the song has an opus number or other catalog number?

Or, look outside the library catalog with our suggestions for Online Scores & Digital Audio

Vocal Anatomy DVDs


Dates, Bios, & Definitions

  • Oxford Music Online
    Major music resource with 3 different resources to search:
    • search The Oxford Companion to Music
      short biographical entries on musicians, as well as musical term definitions
    • search The Oxford Dictionary of Music
      Need a quick definition? Look here!
    • search Grove Music Online
      The major music encyclopedia: authoritative (but long) entries; good starting point for research
  • OnMusic Dictionary
    Definitions, audio pronounciation, and occasional music/video examples (OnMusic is the successor to the Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary)

Auditions & Competitions

Find auditions, contests, and study programs:

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  1. Create an Interlibrary Loan Account 
  2. Books/Scores/CDs: Search WorldCat via FirstSearch
  3. Articles: Search article databases. No text online? Click the Get It Arrow   
  4. Remember the ILL time frame:
    • Books, scores, cds, & dvds: 7-10 business days
    • Articles: 2-3 business days
  5. Stop by the Music Center for help with any of this!

Contact Us

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Kristina Shanton

Music Librarian
(607) 274-3887


Need a score, recording, or book of a show?

Operas to Watch

Vocal Health Resources

Browse the Stacks

Come on over and see what we've got!
[Stack nos. in square brackets]


[M5 East]
(full scores)
[M6 West]
Operas & musicals
(p/v scores)
[M6 West]
Operas & musicals
[M6 East]
Operas & musicals
[M6 East]
Duets & trios
[M6 East]
Songs w/orchestra
[M6 East]
Songs with piano
[M6 East]
Songs with piano
(single works)
[M12 West]
Vocal Health
[M12 West]
History of 
Voice Study
[M12 West]
Vocal Technique 

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