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Vocal Performance

A guide to key resources for both performers and researchers interested in the history and practice of singing


Below are some of the top scholarly sources for biographical information about singers and other personalities in the vocal world.

Book-length biographies may be found in the following call number ranges:

ML400: Vocalists – collective biography
ML410: Composers – individual biography
ML420: Vocalists – individual biography

Remember that the call numbers dealing with individuals will be organized alphabetically, by the SURNAME of the desired biographical subject! {Also known as "Cuttered, by composer's/vocalist's surname."