Guide to Research for the Choral Conducting Studio

Call number ranges relevant to choral conducting scholarship

  • ML402: History and Criticism, Biography, Conductors
    • This section includes compilation biographies grouped by subject, e.g. band leaders, conductors of the 21st century, African-American conductors
  • ML422: History and Criticism, Biography, Conductors, A-Z
    • This section includes biographies of individual conductors
  • ML457: History and Criticism, Interpretation, Performance Practice
  • ML458: History and Criticism, Conducting
  • ML1380: General Works, Vocal Music
  • ML1499-ML1554: History and Criticism, Choral Music
    • This section includes both sacred and secular music, and is divided by time period and region of origin
  • MT85: Conducting, Score Reading and Playing (includes instruction and study)
  • MT820-MT949: Singing and Voice Culture, General
    • This section includes physiology and vocal hygiene, vocal pedagogy, and choral techniques

Find conducting-specific scholarship online and in print through the Music Library

Selected titles:

Interested in browsing conducting-specific journals? Explore a selection of our choral-related periodicals (current periodicals are just past the circulation desk in the rack on the wall, and older issues of print periodicals are located to your right when you first enter the Music Library):

Find choral style analysis resources

  • Check individual composer biographies for information about specific pieces; biographies of a single composer are located in the ML410 section of the Music Library. Strategies for finding this content, which may be peppered throughout biographies, include:
    • Consulting the table of contents and index for piece titles, and the names of relevant people and places in the composer's life
    • Looking closely at the sections of the biography that deal with a specific time frame of interest or when your piece was composed
    • Don't forget to read up on the times in the composer's life preceding the composition of your piece - what were their influences? How did they come to write that specific work?
  • Though the "analysis and appreciation" resources in the MT125 section focus on orchestral music, they may include write-ups of specific masterworks of interest to choral conductors!
  • Our subscription to the A-R Music Anthology is more than just digital scores - this database includes a growing collection of critical commentaries and articles on genres, styles, and individual composers.
  • For anyone working on Bach research:
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2024 4:16 PM