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Music Theatre

Music Theatre

Browse Music Theatre and Opera Scores

Browse for opera and music theatre scores in the Music Collection stacks, 2nd floor Stauffer Library:

M1500 - full scores

M1503 - vocal scores

M1507-M1508 - vocal selections (operas, etc.)

M1527 - musical film scores

Find Song Titles

Search a song title in Omni Simple or Advanced Search mode using quotation marks: e.g. "bring him home".

The Song Index can help locate songs from earlier published collections/anthologies housed in the music collection stacks.

Boolean Searching

Boolean searching is recommended to find scores, sound recordings and other formats or books on topics, especially if you don't know the correct subject heading, or specific author or title.  Use Boolean operators AND|OR|NOT to combine terms, to do phrase searching (use of quotes around your concept) or truncation of terms (use of * at root of word for singular, plural, or other possible word endings).

Music Scores

Scores are found on the 2nd floor of Stauffer Library: Floorplan

Types of Scores

  • Performance scores: Performance scores searchable in Omni are classified in M6 to M9999 and often include editorial or interpretive markings.
  • Miniature/Study scores are classified in the same way as the Performing scores but, because of their size, are shelved separately. These are suitable for analysis and study while listening to a piece of music.
  • Historical Sets, classed in M1 to M5, include the collected works of the masters and anthologies of historically significant works (many not found in performing editions). The scores in these valuable, historical collections are for use in the Library only.

Find Music Scores in Omni

All music scores are accessible through Omni searching by Author (i.e. composer), Title, Subject or Any Field (combining keywords using Boolean operators AND/OR/NOT).

Boolean searches are most useful to allow combination of terms (see under Uniform Titles) and include or exclude formats such as sound recordings.


wagner AND parsifal NOT (disc OR sound OR video*)
"phantom of the opera" NOT (disc OR sound)
Note that excluding the sound recording format will retrieve scores, as well as historical, critical, and analytical works about the music. The call number will indicate if it is a score (M) or a book (ML).
Truncation (*) allows the possibility of finding a call number for the single work or a published collection (anthology) of the composer's operas, operettas, musicals, etc. which contains the individual work required.

Navigate the Music Collection

Floorplan: Stauffer 2nd floor

Items are arranged according to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION scheme: Class M for Music and Books on music.

Generally, items are shelved alphabetically in author order within each subject class number. Class M (MUSIC) consists of 3 main sections:

  • M - Scores. Scores are shelved in 3 sections, by size: miniature (study scores), regular stacks and oversize.
  • ML - Books on music literature, history and criticism. The BIOGRAPHY/CRITICISM number for composers is ML410. Books are grouped in alphabetical order by the biographee/subject. e.g Bruckner ML410 .B88
  • MT - Books on Music Theory, Teaching/pedagogy or Technique for instrumental/vocal study

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology

Search the series Singers musical theatre anthology as a title in Omni to find song titles in this collection of print and e-scores.

Music Theatre Scores: samples