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- Chicago Manual of Style
- Oxford Music Online
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
- IPA Source
- Naxos Music Library
- Naxos Video Library
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11/22/13 - International Education Week - 7pm - As a special event for International Education Week, join us for a duo-recital of outstanding alums Giacomo Fiore ('09) and Matthew Grosso ('94) performing and dicussing varying nationalistic performance styles on guitar. Join us for a reception prior to the event beginning at 6:15pm.
Resources and Forms
SFCM Databases (Click a topic to expand the contents.)
Audio and Video Streaming
Naxos Music Library
Thousands of audio tracks! Includes classical music as well as jazz, new age, educational.
DRAM (Recorded Anthology of American Music)
Nearly 2,300 albums worth of recordings from a diverse set of record labels, including New World Records, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening and Mutable Music.
Naxos Video Library (user/pass: operaamericaMM)
The world's leading Performing Arts DVD distributor brings you an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand! Once you subscribe, stream any video in the library from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Abstracts and Indexes
IIMP (International Index to Music Periodicals)
IIMP Full Text is a music journal resource with more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to current, covering the scholarly to the popular.
IIMPFT (International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text)
This database provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication. Some complete journal runs are included, with indexing back to 1874. Covers the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.
Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 6066 titles!
Orchestral Music Online
Orchestral Music Online is the most recent iteration of David Daniels's classic repertoire reference work used by conductors, orchestras, musicians, and musicologists throughout the world. This new online version, based on the critically acclaimed fourth edition of the printed reference work Orchestral Music: A Handbook (2005, Scarecrow Press), provides greater and easier access to more information on composers and works.
Oxford Music Online
Covers all aspects of music, including composers, performers, terminology, musical genres and forms. (Includes: New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and New Grove Dictionary of Opera.)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Free Through the San Francisco Public Library
Free Streaming Audio
Art of the States
General Dictionaries and Reference
Dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations and more.
Charles Ives Society
The Charles Ives Society was activated in 1973. The aim of the Society is to advance the preparation and publication of critical editions of music by Charles Ives—editions rigorously faithful to authentic sources and also suitable for performance. The Ives Society works in close cooperation with the Music Library of Yale University.
Chicago Manual of Style
Completely searchable and easy to use, The Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Now offering the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions, it is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words.
Includes searchable directories for performers, artist managers, companies, festivals, competitions and schedules.
Word definitions, plus Spanish-English dictionary, thesaurus and more.
Find synonyms and antonyms.
Internet Resources (Click a topic to expand the contents.)
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Database of public domain scores for downloading and printing.
NMA - Neue Mozart Ausgabe Digital Edition
Free PDF scores scanned from the NMA edition of the works of Mozart.
Search engine for locating scores and other music files online.
ChoralWiki - Choral Public Domain Library
Competitions, Festivals, Scholarships
Dates of Composers
California Sheet Music Collection
Historic American Sheet Music (Duke University)
Library of Congress Special Collections in Music
Behymer Collection Index
UC Santa Barbara Performing Arts Collection
Aaron Copland Collection
Leonard Bernstein Collection
William Grant Still Collection
SIBAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections
Archives and Indexes
American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
Archive of Recorded Sound (Stanford University)
Center for Beethoven Studies (San José State)
CPANDA (Cultural Policy And The Arts: National Data Archive)
Beethoven biography database
Database for Gregorian chant
Lou Harrison Archive Institute for Music Research
Charles Ives Society
Darius Milhaud Collection (Mills College)
Mozart Project NUCMC
A list of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in the United States, produced by the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, Library of Congress, with links to each resource.Harry Partch Archive
Schubert Institute Research Centre
Kurt Weill Foundation
Music Treasures Consortium
The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship.Music Ref
At present the bibliography includes more than 7,300 bibliographies and reference sources, approximately 1,880 of which are annotated with critiques on use, coverage, organization, and pros and cons. Many entries also list published reviews for the corresponding sources. The bibliography is growing actively with new sources and critiques added on a regular basis.
Other Library Catalogues
IRCAM Multimedia Library
Museum of Performance and Design
San Francisco Public Library*
San Francisco State University
University of California (California Digital Library)
University of California Berkeley*
Free San Francisco Public Library Card
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