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Finding Songs: Locating Songs

Before you start...

Contemporary Theatre Songs. Tenor: Songs from the 21st CenturyMost songs are published in collections, so the best way to find them in the library catalog is by searching for the title of the song in an ALL FIELDS (KEYWORD) search. An ALL FIELDS search looks at the table of contents of collections of music as well as the title of the collection..

Selecting Repertoire

Your instructor is your main source for repertoire. If you are searching on your own, the library has many books that can help you find repertoire that fits your needs. The Browse Shelves tab in this guide will point you to many repertoire resources. Ask Diane Steinhaus, if you would like any help finding your music. Here are some reference works that may be helpful as well: Click on these titles to see summaries about them.

Searching tips

If you know the composer of the work, include it with the title in your ANYWHERE search.

All Fields (Keyword): Schubert im dorfe

All Fields (Keyword): Vaughan Williams bright is the ring of words

You can also specify a particular performer.

All Fields (Keyword): porgy and bess audra mcdonald

Use the options on the left side of your results page to refine your search by format or other parameter(s):Music Score, Music Recording, Subject (Song cycles, Songs (Medium voice) with piano), etc.

In your search results, select Available Online to limit to online scores or recordings

If you have trouble finding the song in the catalog, search for it in the WORKS list under the composer's name in Oxford Music Online. You can also look in WorldCat to find the edition of the song you want and request it on Interlibrary Loan. Make a note of the OCLC Accession number of the item you want and include it in your request. If you can't find your song, we are glad to help you! 


Listen to/Watch Music Online (onyen required for remote access)

See the Naxos Music Library and the Classical Music Library on the UNC Music Library's homepage to listen to streaming audio. You can create playlists and access them from off campus using your onyen. Some physical and streamed recordings contain liner notes that are a good source of information about the piece(s), performer(s), and composer(s).

Go to to watch concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and master classes or Alexander Street's Opera in Video.

You will need your onyen for off-campus access to these streaming resources.

UNC Catalog Search with Links

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What New Vocal Music Does the Library Have?

Access new vocal scores, recordings and books the library has received in the last 30 days.

Undergraduates can check out books, scores and recordings for 30 days (with 3 renewals).