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Women in Music

A guide to library resources on women composers, conductors, and performers.

How to Use This Guide

The University of Oregon's Music Collection includes a special focus on music by women composers, and resources pertaining to women in musical life. 

Use the menu bars on the left to find resources about women in music, including repertoire by women composers, scholarship about women musicians, feminist approaches to music scholarship, and studies of gender in music.  For example, click the "Articles" bar to see a list of journals and databases for finding articles about women musicians.

For a more general guide to music resources in the library, start with the main Music Research Guide.

If you want more specific research help or you have a question (simple or complex) please email me at  --Ann

A group of female musicians seated on a stage

Image credit:  "Band of Women Musicians on Stage with Instruments (PH037_48852)" (date unknown), from the Angelus Studio (Portland, OR) photograph collection, UO Libraries Special Collections & University Archives, available through Oregon Digital; Rights Reserved, Free Access.

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Music and Dance Librarian

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Ann Shaffer
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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

I will be available for appointments again starting in Fall Term 2024.
Subjects: Dance, Music