Resources for Singers, Voice Teachers, Choir Directors

The following sites offer resources for singers, voice teachers, choral conductors, and opera lovers. For vocal health info, see the Wellness page and Chapter 13 of The Musician’s Way. Career links are posted on the Music Careers page.

Warm-Ups for Singers

The Total Warm-up. An inclusive approach from The Musician’s Way Blog.

Dr. Ingo Titze’s Favorite Five Vocal Warm-ups for Singers. From the National Center for Voice and Speech.

The Choral Warm-Up Collection, by Sally Albrecht (Alfred, 2003). “167 favorite warm-ups contributed by 51 choral directors.”

Influence of warmup on singing voice quality. The beneficial effects of vocal warm-ups (Journal of Voice, 19/2, 2005).

Vocal health resources on the Wellness page at MusiciansWay.com.

Opera Resources

Free opera scores from the IMSLP.
Online Music Scores. Extensive links posted on the MW Practice page.
Opera scores from the Indiana University Library.
Univ. of N. Texas Rare Music Room. 18th-cen. French opera manuscripts.
Musical Theater Scores | Opera Scores | via Amazon.com.

What the Fach?! A Guide for Opera Singers Auditioning & Working in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (2010), by Philip Shepard.

The Aria Database, maintained by Robert Glaubitz.
Libretti d’opera italiani.
200 Opera Plots. Free ebook by Gladys Davidson (1911).

Operavision. Free live and recorded opera performances from Europe.
Opera America.
National Opera Teacher & Educator Resource.
National Opera Association.

Opera Today. “Opera news, commentary, and reviews.”
Opera News. A publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Operabase. Info about performances, artists, managers, companies.

YapTracker. Find and track opera auditions. $59/year.
Music Career Resources via MusiciansWay.com.

Choral Resources

Choral Scores

Free choral scores from the IMSLP.
ChoralWiki. The Choral Public Domain Library.
Musica International. “The Virtual Choral Library.”
See the Practice page for more links to scores.

Choral Organizations

American Choral Directors Association.
ChoralNet.org | Chorus America.
Choristers Guild FAQ. Tips for leaders of children’s choirs.
British Choirs on the Net.
Vocal Area Network. New York City area.

Books for Choir Directors

Choral Repertoire, by Dennis Shrock (Oxford, 2009; 800 pages).
Choral Scores, by Dennis Shrock (Oxford, 2015; 1016-page anthology).
A Conductor’s Guide to Choral/Orchestral Repertoire, by Dennis Shrock (GIA, 2016; 336 pages).
The Choral Warm-Up Collection, by Sally Albrecht (Alfred, 2003). “167 favorite warm-ups contributed by 51 choral directors.”
Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, by Emmons & Chase (Oxford, 2006).

Articles for Choir Directors

The Significance of Choral Singing for Sustaining Psychological Wellbeing.” By Clift and Hancox (Music Performance Research, 3/1, 2010).
Why I joined a choir (and why it’s the best),” The Globe and Mail (2014)
An Investigation into the Choral Singer’s Experience of Music Performance Anxiety,” by Ryan and Andrews (JRME, 57/2, 2009).

General Resources for Singers

Free scores from the IMSLP.
ArtSongCentral.com. “Free sheet music for singers and voice teachers.”

Online Music Scores. Links to diverse resources via MusiciansWay.com.

Vocal Music Scores | Musical Theater Scores | Opera Scores | via Amazon.com

Online scores – songs. From the Indiana University Library.

MusicTeachersHelper.com. Create a voice teaching website, accept credit card payments, and more. Free trial.

The Aria Database.
LiederNet Archive. Texts and translations.

The Diction Domain. “Voice diction resources for singers.”
A Handbook of Diction for Singers: Italian, German, French, by David Adams, 2nd ed. (Oxford, 2007).

Voice Production Tutorials. From The National Center for Voice & Speech.
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Resources & articles.
Find a voice teacher in the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of NATS.
Find teachers of voice & speech, via the Voice & Speech Trainers Assoc.

VoiceCouncil.com. Advice for emerging singers (archive; not updated).
SingWise.com. Technique tips by Karyn O’Connor.
Articles for Singers, from Vocal Process.

Classical Singer magazine. Articles, links, resources, tips, forums.

Vocal repertoire compiled by Thea van der Putten, with links to fact sheets.

The African American Art Song Alliance.

Books for Singers

The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 15th printing, 2019; 350 pages). Comprehensive guidelines to learn, memorize, and perform songs as well as build a career.

On the Art of Singing and other books by voice teacher Richard Miller.

The 21st-Century Singer: Making the Leap from the University into the World, by Susan Mohini Kane (Oxford, 2015).

The Owner’s Manual to the Voice, by Rachel Gates (Oxford, 2013)

The Ultimate Guide to Singing. Advice from 136 experts, including Gerald Klickstein (TC-Helicon, 2014; 420 pages).

Researching the Song, by Emmons & Lewis (Oxford, 2006).

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