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Syracuse University Libraries

Music: Find Diverse Repertoire

for music history & cultures, scores, recordings, data, copyright, and more!

How Do I Find Diverse Repertoire?

This is a challenging process, as most of our information systems do not tag creators specifically for their demographics or identities. Also, what is considered "diverse" is contextual and can be different for each searcher/consumer of the music.

This page provides search strategies for locating music from creators who are part of one or more of the following groups:

  • LGBT identities
  • women
  • people of color
  • musicians outside of the Western European musical tradition 

Suggest a Resource!

Find a website or other source that was helpful to your research? Submit it to the Music Librarian below! It will be reviewed and potentially added to this guide. 

Locate Lists of Composers/Artists/Works on Websites

Use some of the online and print resources below to identify composers and compositions from diverse identities.

Once you have found the title of a piece of music, look it up in Summon (the SU Libraries catalog) to find a score or a recording. If we do not have it, you can request it through interlibrary loan, or send a purchase request to your music subject librarian Rachel Fox Von Swearingen rsfoxvon@syr.edu.

Locate Lists of Composers/Artists/Works in Books

Lists of musical works are published in books called bibliographies or as part of journal articles. Browse the websites below to find the titles of bibliographies on your desired topic. Then, look up book or article titles in the library catalog Summon, or request on interlibrary loan.