Welcome to BuckeyeVox!
This website functioned as an area website of resources for students during my graduate studies at Ohio State, however, there are a lot of great links to recommended resources for students of voice. This website is not officially affiliated with the OSU School of Music any longer.

Recommended Resources

The LiederNet Archive – A gigantic archive of text for tens of thousands of songs in countless languages and houses a wealth of information on the composers, poets, and more. I cross-check my transcriptions with texts found here when available.
Art Song Central – A wonderful resource of sheet music links, historical background, poetic texts, and about 60-70 phonetic transcriptions per language.
IPA Now! – An easy to use paid resource, also available as a smartphone app.
IPA Source – A paid resource, however, many music schools across the nation have purchased liscences to this invaluable resource. Ohio State Students have access to this resource for free at this link.
The Aria Database – You can find the texts and background information for many arias on this website, all for free.
IPA Resource Center – A free resource by graduate student Justin T. Swain (Fields), containing over a hundred IPA transcriptions generated by the IPA Now software.
IMSLP – The largest database of public domain classical sheet music in the world. This is an essential must for all students in music.

Exploring Art Song Lyrics -There are translations and IPA transcriptions of well over a thousand art songs. This is an important investment in any serious classical singer’s library.
A Handbook of Diction for Singers – This book covers IPA rules for lyric Italian, German, and French, written by CCM faculty member David Adams.
Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction – It is often times most difficult for a singer to sing in their native language. If you’re a native English speaker, you may find a great deal of worthwhile information in this book.
Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature – This is probably the single most important book for young classical singers to have at their disposal in my personal opinion. The author, Carol Kimball, provides a wealth of historical knowledge on several hundred pieces.
Art Song: Linking Poetry and Music – Another excellent resource by Carol Kimball.
A French Song Companion – This book provides detailed background information on a great deal of French repertoire, and an excellent resource to discover new literature.
Interpretation of French Song – An absolute must-have for performing French repertoire, Bernac provides his expert advice on a number of popular melodie.
The Fischer Dieskau Book of Lieder – This book contains roughly a thousand translations of German Lied by the famous Fischer Diskau.
A Singer’s Manual of Spanish Lyric Diction – If you wish to dive into Spanish repertoire and already have a working knowledge of IPA, this is an excellent resource to have in your library. If you’re looking to purchase it, try eBay and/or check back frequently at this link. The price fluctuates dramatically at different points in the year.
Inside View Press – This is Dr. McCoy’s publishing company of vocal pedagogy books. If you are in either the BM, BME, MM/MA, or DMA degree programs, you will use one or more of these texts in your studies.
The Owner’s Manual to the Voice – Written by OSU graduate, Rachel Gates, this is an excellent, concise resource to have on hand to learn more about the anatomy of the voice.

Music Anthologies
Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias – Available in both Medium High and Medium Low Voice, this is the standard anthology many singers of classical singing typically start out with. You can usually find this in Half-Priced Books stores, eBay, or cheaply on Amazon.
The Lieder Anthology – Available in both High and Low Voice, this anthology contains 65 songs by 13 composers.
French Song Anthology – Available in both High and Low Voice, this anthology contains 60 songs by 24 composers.
Anthology of Spanish Song – Available in both High and Low Voice, this anthology contains 50 songs by 15 composers.
Anthology of Italian Song of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Book I – Available only in one edition, many of the standard “24 Songs and Arias” can be found within this anthology along with several other beautiful pieces. A great addition to your library for additional Italian pieces beyond the standard 24 most all young singers perform.
Anthology of Italian Song of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Book II – A second edition is available of the previous recommendation. Again, even more great pieces can be found here that fall outside of the standard 24.
28 Italian Songs and Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries – There are five versions of this wonderful anthology, however, it may interest you to purchase the spiral-bound edition which contains Low, Medium Low, Medium, Medium High, and High Voice for all 28 songs. For persons looking to build a teaching library, this is essential.


OSU Resources

Being a student within the School of Music at Ohio State comes with several added bonuses. Our institution has membership to various online resources, such as Met On Demand, Science Direct (for journal articles), as well as access to IPA Source, all free for students.

The following links are taken from the often elusive to find Music Research Resources page of the library website for OSU. Visit the full page at the previous link for even more free resources.

·         IPA Source: International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

·         Science Direct: By logging in at this link with your Ohio State credentials, you have access to science journals such as the Journal of Voice for free. (You must first sign in to Science Direct, then when viewing the Journal of Voice website, on the right-hand sidebar there is an icon that reads, “Access this article on Science Direct.”)

Streaming audio and video
Search Naxos, DRAM, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, On the Boards and Films on Demand individually. The others can be searched individually or, using Advanced Search : Music & Performing Arts, simultaneously.

Naxos Music Library (Classical)

Dance in Video

Naxos Music Library (Jazz)

Ethnographic Video Online

DRAM – Database of Recorded American Music

Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Smithsonian Global Sound

Films on Demand

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

Classical Music in Video

Jazz Music Library

On the Boards

Contemporary World Music

Opera in Video

American Song

Classical Music Library

Met Opera on Demand



Important Files

Area Handbook – Download Here
Jury Repertoire Example / Template – Download Here