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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 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