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Vocal Music (Solo): Recordings

On this page you'll find resources for finding streaming and hardcopy recordings, both audio and video.

Jump to: Streaming Audio & Video | Hardcopy Recordings

Streaming Audio & Video

Library Audio Databases

More Streaming Audio Resources

Library Video Databases

Hardcopy Recordings

Find Scores and Recordings

Find a copy online

Can't visit the library? Use our COVID-19 Response guide to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.

Find a copy in the Allen Library

sample catalog search for 'tropic winter nathaniel dett' limited to Printed Music (All); results show catalog record with library location and call number

  1. Open the library catalog.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit the format to Printed Music, Sound Recordings, or Videos
    (depending on what you need).
  4. Find a catalog record for the piece you need.
  5. Use the location and call number to find it on the shelf.

Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.


Request a copy from another library

worldcat search example limited to Musical Scores, result showing ILL linkIf we don't own a copy, you can often get a copy from another library through Interlibrary Loan:

  1. Open WorldCat.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit the format to Musical Scores, Sound Recordings, or Visual Materials (depending on what you need).
  4. Find a record for the piece you need.
  5. Click the title to open the full record.
  6. Click the link to ILL this with ILLiad@H.
  7. Log into ILLiad or create a new account.
  8. Wait for the form to auto-fill, then click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Image: WorldCat search with format limited to Musical Scores, and resulting record with ILL link.

Get help

Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.

Browse the Shelves

young man looks at library shelvesBrowsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!
In the Allen Library, the first letters of the call number indicate format:

Letters Format
MR LPs (records)
MV VHS tapes

The following numbers indicate genre. Combine the letters above with the numbers below to browse for vocal music recordings.

Number Genre
1500 Operas
1508 Musicals
1611 - 1626 Secular solo songs
1670 Spirituals
2000 Oratorios
2102 - 2114.8 Sacred solo songs

MD1500—Opera CDs
MO1500—Opera DVDs

Listening & Viewing Equipment

listening/viewing room with audio/visual equipment

Want to listen to higher quality audio equipment? Don't have a record turntable at home? Come to the Allen Library!

Our listening carrels and listening/viewing rooms can play:

  • CDs, LPs, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, and VHS tapes
  • Personal devices via Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, AUX cable, and Apple TV

Equipment is generally available on a first-come, first-served basis, but rooms may be reserved for certain uses. Contact Lisa Wollenberg (860.768.4840) for more information.

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