Singers' Resources at Western

Western's Music Library is widely-known for the excellence of its opera and vocal music collections, in terms of printed scores, vocal method books, recordings (CDs and LPs) and, in particular, rare and first-editions contained within our Opera Collection and the Drs. James and Margaret Whitby Music Collections.

Please consult our Vocal Performance Research Guide to begin your search.

If you are enrolled in "Introductory Vocal Methods" and seek CDs of singers who share your "voice-type", please consult our Singers on CD handout (also available as a handout - in the Music Library).

  • Bach Arias with Obbligato Instruments

    As a convenience for our Bach Aria Group students, this is a listing (by voice type and BWV number) of all of the solo vocal movements of J.S. Bach's cantatas, for which the accompanying instrumental obbligato parts are owned by Western's Music Library. This list also includes vocal duets and trios. (Consult Miriam Whaples' print Bach Aria Index (ML134.B3W5), and/or the JS Bach (French-language) site to determine the desired obbligato instrument(s)).

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

    Contains more than 2 million entries for doctoral dissertations and master's theses. The database includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester. Since 1997, new publications have been available electronically, and many publications can be ordered through the system for a fee. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities.


    A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant, hosted at the University of Waterloo, containing indices of chants in selected manuscripts and early printed sources of the Liturgical Office.

Additional Internet Resources

Here are links to some online song and song-text resources, and pronunciation dictionaries: