The  International Conductors Guild provides a thorough list of the best reference texts
and other resources available for today's conductors. 
The list below is only partial and we welcome your suggestions 
and contributions.

 

  • Daniels' Orchestral Music - 5th Edition           Click here for additional information  -  Daniels’ Orchestral Music is the gold standard among conductors, music programmers, orchestra librarians, and any other music professional—or student—seeking to research an orchestral program, whether for a single concert or a full season. Compositions cover the standard international repertoire for the orchestra; this latest edition, nearly a decade since the previous one, contains over 8500 entries. Daniels’ Orchestral Music organizes works alphabetically by composer and title, and contains duration and instrumentation of each entry, as well as date of composition. Individual appendices make it easy to browse works that include chorus, solo voices, or solo instruments. Further appendices list orchestral works by instrumentation; by duration; works intended for youth concerts; significant anniversaries of composers; and composer groups for thematic programming. An appendix labeled Orchestralogy provides essential bibliography, internet sources, and institutions and organizations necessary for the orchestra professional. A title index and a directory of publishers round out this monumental work.
     
  • Orchestral "Pops" Music - In Orchestral "Pops" Music: A Handbook, Lucy Manning provides a comprehensive and informative repertoire list for orchestral "pops" concerts. Like David Daniels' Orchestral Music: A Handbook, this volume, for which Daniels bestows a foreword, alleviates the time-consuming work related to programming a successful "pops" concert.

    Additional Pops Music Resources - Provided by the Major Orchestra Librarian Association (MOLA), this link contains dozens of links to various music publishers and suppliers of pops repertoire.

  • MidWest Music ServicesMidwest Music ServicesFounded in 2020, Midwest Music Services provides high quality orchestral sheet music prepared by a professional librarian. Our goal is to save you time in rehearsals and preparing for your concert. Our extensive library includes classical standards and a wide range of contemporary and popular arrangements. 
  • Henrys Records  A Searchable Database of Classical Music RecordingsHenrysRecords.org is an online catalogue of Henry Fogel's record library.   Henry is former Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, former President of the League of American Orchestras, and former President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has been collecting records for many decades. All areas of classical music are well-represented in the collection, but it is particularly strong in early- and mid-twentieth-century operatic and vocal recordings, the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, and several unjustly neglected composers and performers whom I'm sure you would agree deserve wider exposure if only I would name them here, which I won't because can you imagine the reader mail it would generate if the list didn't include someone's favorite? Oy vey. Let's not even go there. I'm Henry's son Karl, and a lifelong beneficiary of the collection . We make no guarantees about the accuracy of the data here, but we try to run a tight ship.  If you find any errors, or have suggestions on how to make the site more useful, or just want to tell us how you're using the site, please contact us. 
  • Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Repertoire: A Catalog of Modern Music - 

    Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Repertoire, Dirk Meyer provides conductors, musicians, and librarians with all the information needed to plan their performances of modern chamber music. Meyer lists almost 4,000 works written during the 20th and 21st centuries, representing more than 1,100 composers. Entries are divided into three categories: Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Ensemble. Presented alphabetically by composer, each entry fully describes the composition, including its duration, year of composition, availability, publisher, and complete instrumentation. The comprehensive appendix allows users to search for repertoire based on a variety of criteria, such as instrumentation, duration, solo instruments, and solo voices. As a catalog of modern music, the appendix also provides categories for 21st-century repertoire as well as compositions that use electronics. 

  • Nieweg - Music for Bass Trombone - A Reference Book of Works for Solo Bass Trombone with Orchestra, Band & Chamber Ensemble, compiled by Clinton F. Nieweg. | $50.00 USD; Delivery Download or Mailed. Pub. Cherry Classics Music
    For bio, click composer: Nieweg

  • GM Music
    Unique Music You'll Want to Play
     

    Announcing the launch of a new partnership, GM Music. Drs. Robert Grechesky and Jon Ceander Mitchell have spent much of their careers researching, locating, and making performance editions of original music for band by internationally known composers. This project is the culmination of their efforts.  

    GM Music’s diverse catalogue features original works by composers of stature such as Holst, Vaughan Williams, and Gliere. Relatively unknown compositions such as the French Revolutionary Era Overture in F by Matthieu Blasius, the exuberant Puerto Rican dance, Seis Tipico, and Tarantella by Anna Priscilla Risher, as well as various editions and transcriptions will add variety and color to your concert offerings. In addition to sets containing full scores and parts, most of the works in our catalogue have accompanying program and performance notes. Most of the music has never been published, and spans difficulty levels from Grade III to Grade V+ so there is something for everyone. We are extremely pleased to be able to bring this music to you and your students and hope you will enjoy rehearsing and performing it.
    Website: gmmusics.com   (“Remember to add the ‘s’!”)

  • Luck’s catalog is now on the EMS website in a searchable form and can be ordered from EMS. 
    https://www.emsmusic.com/SearchResults.asp?mfg=LUCK%27S+MUSIC+LIBRARY
    The Kalmus catalog is likewise on the EMS website.

  • The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music

    The world's largest lending library of orchestral performance material, with over 21,000 titles and growing. Owned by the Free Library of Philadelphia, you can hear pieces from the Fleisher Collection on the first Saturday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on WRTI-90.1 FM and wrti.org. Kile Smith, the Collection's curator co-hosts Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, which “uncovers the unknown, rediscovers the little-known, and takes a fresh look at some of the remarkable treasures of the Fleisher Collection.”
    Visit fleisher.org or The Free Library

     
  • The Library of Congress
    The Music Division has been acquiring materials since 1898 and has used a wide variety of bibliographic controls on these materials. However, only a small percentage of the collections is represented by bibliographic records in the Library of Congress Online Catalog, often referred to as "the computer catalog" or "OPAC." In addition to the Online Catalog, information on the Music Division's collections may also be found in the Copyright registration records in COHM accessed via LOCIS, card catalogs of the U.S. Copyright Office, the card catalogs of the Performing Arts Reading Room, and finding aids in the Performing Arts Reading Room.

  • Music by Black Composers
    Music by Black Composers (MBC) was born from the realization that young musicians learning classical music seldom, if ever, have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers. This omission silences a rich vein of musical creation from global cultural consciousness. The effects of this erasure are most serious for aspiring Black classical musicians. Without access to the historic narratives of Black composers, these young musicians struggle to become part of an art form in which they do not appear to belong. Many give up; many more do not even start. The ultimate result is a lack of diversity in our concert halls, both on stage as well as in the audience.

  • Institute for Composer Diversity
    Our Works Diversity Database allows users to search for individual compositions with numerous search filters from among over 1,600 art songs by women as well as over 2,400 works for large and small wind ensembles and over 11,000 orchestral works by underrepresented composers. Filters include various ensemble genres, duration, and grade level, as well as composer demographics and location, and the results include instrumentation (when known) and links for rental & purchase as well as audio & video.

  • Anna Edward's Composer Database

    Anna's Composer Database is a growing list of self-identified women, nonbinary, and BIPOC composers with the mission to encourage expected diversity on the concert stage and with the goal to provide easy access to information for Music Directors and Arts Administrators.  "I crave a broader and more inclusive musical performance experience which spurs me forward to find and advocate for music that many of us have yet to hear."

  • Center for Black Music Research
    The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago devoted to documentation, research, preservation, and dissemination of information about the history and current expressions of black music on a global scale.

  • Latin Orchestral Music - Provides a single, complete, and comprehensive online catalog that contains orchestral music from Latin America and the Caribbean, and to make it accessible to conductors, music directors, music administrators, librarians, students, teachers, researchers, and music lovers in general. This online catalog contains over 9,000 original orchestral works by over 1,600 composers from 24 countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean, and serves as a bridge between the music and the composers or publishers.  (Requires a fee) - Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Andrés F. Jaime

  • Dr. Jonathan Green Publications -  

    Choral-Orchestral Repertoire: A Conductor's Guide, Omnibus Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, under contract for 2017.

    A Conductor’s Guide to Selected Baroque Choral-Orchestral Works. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

    A Conductor’s Guide to 19th-Century Choral-Orchestral Works. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

    A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works of the Classical Period, Part I: Haydn and Mozart. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

    A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2000.

    A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works: Twentieth Century, Part II. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998. Carl Ruggles: A Bio-Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.

    A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1994.

  •  MOLA :: An Association of Music Performance Librarians Founded in 1983, the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association comprises over 270 performance organizations around  the world, represented by more than 450 librarians. The job of these performance librarians is to acquire, prepare, catalogue and maintain the music for each institution. Through MOLA, music performance librarians share information and resources to help them in their daily work.

    MOLA Public Resources
  • Music Storage RecommendationsProvided by Mrs. Marcia Farabee, Principal Librarian, Retired, National Symphony Orchestra -  In terms of storage, most boxes and file folders are now acid-free, and so they stand up to the test of time.  While having music fall over, curl up, etc., is a nuisance, the real challenge is to find things that will protect the music from water and/or fire damage.  I highly recommend the Librarian's Yellow Pages  https://www.librariansyellowpages.com  as well as Gaylord Archival Products  https://www.gaylord.com/search?text=music+storage        These sources have everything under the sun, and can help folks determine what their real needs are.  I do know that most music libraries fall under three types:  those that store the music on open shelving by either genre, title, or composer; those that make their own folders for the music and store them in file cabinets; or those who use either the cardboard boxes or red-rope accordion envelopes and file them on open shelving or in file cabinets.   Personally, I hate the red rope envelopes -- I find them to be cumbersome to use and not very helpful in protecting the music from curling.  While the boxes can be expensive, one can purchase them in various sizes and styles.                                                               
  • Underrepresented Composers Resources        

  • Prized Composers  - Prized Composers, a resource for wind musicians, conductors, and educators. Prized Composers is designed to highlight the wind works of distinguished, prize-winning composers, for the advancement of quality repertoire in the field of wind music.

  • www.ConductIT.eu  
    What is it?
    ConductIT is a completely free online resource to support the study of conducting. The most comprehensive resource of its kind, it offers material relating to conducting technique; rehearsal skills; score study and preparation; performance; leadership; study routes; advice from established and early-career conductors; input from orchestral musicians, managers, agents and other industry stakeholders.
    Who made it?
    ConductIT is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership comprising the University of Stavanger (Norway), the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and the Open University (UK). The lead content author is Professor Mark Heron, Head of Conducting at the RNCM, which is regarded as one of the leading conducting programmes in the world. In excess of 60 professional musicians were involved in producing content – as conductors, instrumentalists, composers and arrangers, authors, interviewees, interviewers, editors and more.


  • Orchestra Repertoire Reports - League of American OrchestrasSince 1970, the League of American Orchestras (American Symphony Orchestra League has collected member orchestras’ programming via the Orchestra Repertoire Report (ORR). The most recent information available is from the 2012-13 season.

              ORR - 2012-2013
              ORR - Archive Reports

  • Patriotic/Veterans/Military Concerts and Performances - We are pleased to provide this resource from Major Brian Dix, United States Marine Corps, Retired, and former conductor of U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, “The Commandant’s Own” from Washington D.C.  Conductors Guild member, Major Dix, recently provided the Association of California Orchestras with an article aimed at providing help and resources when planning patriotic concerts.  Feel free to contact Brian for additional information and assistance. 
     
  • Women's Philharmonic Advocacy - Repertoire Resources
     - Recognize the achievement of The Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004) over their 24 years of activity.
     - Build on this work by advocating for the performance of women composers by orchestras and ensembles.
     - Address the place of women composers (historic and contemporary) in today’s repertoire of orchestras and ensembles in the US and       internationally.
     - Present information that highlights the shortage of programming of works by women; the heritage of TWP emphasizes that this
         should and can be corrected.