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A guide to finding library resources for conductors

How to Browse for Conducting Literature

These are some of the call numbers for locating music for larger ensembles and literature about conducting in the UO Music Collection.  Using these, you can browse for performance repertoire, histories, and method books on the physical shelves, or browse by Library of Congress call numbers in LibrarySearch.


Orchestra and Band Scores

  • M 100-1360: Music for Orchestra
  • M 1200-1270: Music for Band

Staged Productions

  • M 1500-1504: Opera, Musical Shows


  • M 1530-1612: Secular Choruses
  • M 2000-2007: Oratorios
  • M 2020-2100: Sacred Choruses

Methods, Study, and Performing Technique:

  • MT 85 & 88: For Books on Conducting
  • ML156.7: Discographies of recordings by particular conductors
  • ML 402: Conducting History
  • ML 410, 422: Conductors

These are some of the Library of Congress Subject Headings for locating music for larger ensembles and literature about conducting in the UO Music Collection.  Using these, you can refine your searches in the library catalog, using the "subject" limiter.

  • Conducting

    • Conducting--Bibliography

    • Conducting--Dictionaries

    • Conducting--Periodicals

  • Conductors (Music)

    • Conductors (Music)--United States

    • Conductors (Music)--Germany--Biography

    • Band directors

    • Bandmasters

    • Choral conductors

    • African American conductors (Music)

    • Gay conductors (Music)

    • Women conductors (Music)

    • Spouses of music conductors

    • Children of music conductors

  • Conductors' Guild (American Symphony Orchestra League)

  • Band music [for music for band]

    • Band music--Analysis, appreciation  [for literature about band music]

    • Band music, Arranged

  • Choral music [for literature about choral music]

  • Choruses [for choral music]

    • Choruses, sacred

    • Choruses, secular

  • Orchestral music [for orchestral works]

    • Orchestral music--Analysis, appreciation [for literature about orchestral music]

    • Orchestral music--History and criticism   [for literature about​ orchestral music]

  • Symphonies  [for symphonic works]

    • Symphonies--Analysis, appreciation   [for literature about​ symphonic music]

    • Symphonies--History and criticism   [for literature about​ symphonic music]

  • Wind ensembles  [for music for groups of 10 or more wind instruments]

    • Brass ensembles

    • Woodwind ensembles

Music and Dance Librarian

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I will be on sabbatical from May 16-September 16, 2024. During that time, please contact with music or dance research questions, or drop in at the Douglass Room for research help at the music desk Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm. If you need assistance related to room reservations or facilities in the Douglass Room, please contact Jimmy Murray at

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