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Women in Music

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

Historical Surveys Focusing on Women in Music

The following titles provide narrative histories of women's roles within music composition, conducting, and performance. To locate resources about specific women in music, browse the following call number areas:

  • Biographies of individual composers can be found in the ML410 call numbers.
  • Biographies of individual instrumentalists can be found in the ML416-ML419 call numbers.
  • Biographies of individual singers can be found in the ML420 call numbers.
  • Biographies of performing groups can be found in the ML421 call numbers.


General historical works:

Historical Source Readings:

Theory and Analysis:

Women Composers, Conductors, and Performers:

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Music and Dance Librarian

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Ann Shaffer
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I currently work on campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and work remotely on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. I am available for in-person research consultations on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and for virtual consultations (via Zoom, Teams, or phone) on any weekday.
Subjects: Dance, Music