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Online music suppliers: independent music publishers

The Full Pitcher Music Resources
Publisher of educational sheet music, with ideas for improvisation, easy music for beginners, resources for schools/teachers, including special needs support.

Rudolph's Music
This was the first website in the USA to start offering online music using Sibelius' Scorch technology. Rudolph's Music specialises in music for piano, and offers a wide selection of piano teaching material. If it's piano music you're looking for, click here.


Scotchsnap supplies Scottish music scores online - using the Sibelius Scorch plugin you can listen to the music whilst following it on a score. Fiddle music, reels and other traditional Scottish music, plus compositions by Scottish composers.

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Academic institutes and research organisations

The British Voice Association The British Voice Association (the BVA) is a registered charity and became a Company Limited by Guarentee in 1999. Its remit is the encouragement of a healthy voice, vocal skills and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine and education. The BVA recognises the human voice as an essential element of our communication and well-being. It is devoted to people with voice problems, ranging from severe pathology and cancer to subtle difficulties of artistic performance, all of whom are entitled to the best care available. To that end, the BVA is dedicated to supporting, informing and encouraging members of all professions who work with these individuals.

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Composer websites

Bach Cantatas Website

A comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and his other vocal works. Contains discussions and detailed discographies of each cantata and other vocal works, performers and general topics. The site also includes texts and translations, scores, articles and interviews, and short biographies of more than 1200 performers of Bach vocal works (singers, conductors, vocal and instrumental groups). There are also other relevant resources such as a disscussion of the Lutheran church year, reviews and discussions of Bach's non-vocal works, terms and abbreviations, hundreds of links to other relevant resources. The site is an international collective project, being compiled from various postings about the subject, most of which have been sent to the Bach Cantatas Mailing List.

Scores from Amsterdam
This site offers musical scores by the composers Hans van Eck and Norbert Wissing. The scores are in PDF format and can be downloaded for free. Music for Instruments, Voice and accompaniment of piano or small ensemble.

The Schubert Club
(USA) The Schubert Club promotes the art of music - particularly recital music, through education, performance and museum programs.

The Schubert Foundation
(Netherlands) Major international Schubert resources website.

Tomás Luis de Victoria
This website is intended as a tribute to Tomás Luis de Victoria.
Scores and didactic MIDI files of all his works are available from this website.

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Examination boards

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
UK music examination board. The website contains full details of current syllabus and regulations. ABRSM offers graded examinations in singing and all other instruments, both in the U.K. and overseas. There
are also 3 levels of professional diploma awarded by external examination.

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British Music schools and conservatoires

Birmingham Conservatoire
Established over 100 years ago, Birmingham Conservatoire is recognised as one of the major national colleges of music centring on performance and composition. It is also the Faculty of Music at the University. Our aim is to train musicians to the highest standard of musical attainment. The emphasis is on high quality and a broad spectrum of musical education and training, with a priority towards future career development.

Guilhall School of Music and Drama
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is renowned worldwide for its mix of tradition, innovation, the quality of its teaching, its friendly atmosphere and the flexibility it offers in response to individual strengths and interests. The Guildhall School is sited in the Barbican, in the City of London, and offers highly selective admission to undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music is the UK's largest music college, with some 800 full-time and over 2,000 part-time students. The College's courses cover a wide range of music - classical, pop, jazz, Indian music, music technology, and the making and repairing of musical instruments. Courses are available at all levels, from beginner to postgraduate.

Royal Academy of Music
Britain's senior conservatoire, now a full college of the University of London, enjoys a highly enviable location alongside Regent's Park in central London. Its aim is to prepare
students for a successful career in music according to the evolving demands of the profession.

Royal College of Music
Performance-based training at the highest level.
Undergraduate degrees and post-graduate courses to doctoral level. Excellent research facilities of Library, Museum of Instruments and Department of Portraits and Performance History.

Royal Holloway Department of Music is the top 5* research rated music department in the University of London. It is housed in Wettons Terrace and the Founder's Building. Currently one of the largest departments in the college, the Department of Music has an undergraduate community of about 200, and a postgraduate community of about 65, including students on taught MMus, research-based MPhil/PhD and visiting-student programmes.

Royal Northern Collegel of Music
This leading European conservatoire offers the full range of undergraduate courses and postgraduate degree courses. Winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, 1998; highly selective entry procedure. Superb modern premises in Manchester, built after the amalgamation of the Northern School of Music and the Royal Manchester College of Music.

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

The mission of the RSAMD is to produce musiciains, actors and other professionals in music and drama well-equipped to pursue a diversity of careers at a national and international level.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is the National Conservatoire of Wales, providing specialist practical and performance-based training that enables students to enter and influence the music, theatre and related professions.

Trinity College of Music's aim is to help the students, who come to us with a love of music, to leave making music with an enhanced understanding of it and an ability to make music work for them. The combination of our inspiring setting and our dynamic neighbours along the Thames give us a timely opportunity to achieve this goal.

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Other online music and music software suppliers

Sibelius Software
This UK based software company are the leading suppliers of the score writing software, Sibelius, and the Internet plug-in, Scorch.

TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for guitar and other fretted, stringed instruments. Additionally, TablEdit, while designed for guitarists, by guitarists, is not limited to guitar like other Tablature programs. Through ongoing consultation with experts on other instruments, TablEdit has developed support for harmonica, mountain dulcimer, diatonic accordion, drums, violin, tin whistle, recorder, autoharp, pedal steel guitar, and banjo (even taking into consideration the special aspect of the fifth string)

Virtual Sheet Music
Classical Sheet Music Downloads. Selected scores for piano, violin and other instruments ready to download.

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Professional singing teachers associations

Association of Teachers of Singing
(UK) The main professional organization of singing teachers in Great Britain. Currently, this website provides limited information about the Association and its activities, but offers an enquiry form for prospective members.

Australian National Association of Teachers Of Singing
Includes a national directory of singing teachers in Australia, plus other voice training information and resources for Australian users.

European Voice Teachers Association
The organisation is a professional association of teachers of singing whose primary goal is to further aspects of vocal pedagogy.  Medical or scientific disciplines, the support of artistic activities or assistance to young singers are secondary goals.

Incorporated Society of Musicians
UK association of professional musicians and teachers; wide range of online resources including membership directory.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. NATS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. Our goals include the professional advancement of the talented and the enrichment of the general public. With over 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 25 other countries, we are the largest association of teachers of singing in the world.

The New York Singing Teachers' Association, Inc. Founded in 1906, NYSTA is the oldest professional association of Voice Teachers in the United States, providing resources and educational programs for voice teachers, singers, coaches and anyone who works with the professional voice.

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Resources and information for singers

Alexander Technique Centre
The Alexander Technique is a remarkably-effective means for changing tension habits and improving coordination. The Technique can be especially beneficial for musicians dealing with excessive stress, injury, or pain and for musicians wanting to enhance performance skills. The Alexander Technique is included in the curriculum of a number of conservatories and university music departments. This site features informative articles and links to resources on the Alexander Technique for musicians.  

Our mission is to make it easy for you to find and buy classical music recordings.
The world's favourite classical music subscription site offering online listening, downloads, custom CDs, and a huge resource of entertaining information to expand your classical music knowledge.

Classical Singer
The Classical Singer Community website is a fast-growing society of singers of all levels. Whether you are an international marquis name, a seasoned veteran, an emerging professional or a student in training, there is a role and a need for you in the Classical Singer Community.

MusicAce is a brand new music teaching service based in London. It is available for all ages and levels. Created by professional musicians, it was established in 2004 to help young professional musicians. MusicAce is a non-profit project, monitored by Biaerbeck & Holmes, that provides musicians with support, advice and further working experience in the capital.

Music and Vision magazine
Music and Vision is the world's first daily classical music magazine. is a free service with a database of music teachers in the UK. Search by your chosen instrument and select a region. The website also provides a wide range of other classical music information and resources.

The International Phonetics Association
The IPA is the major, as well as the oldest, representative organisation for phoneticians. It was established in 1886 in Paris. The aim of the IPA is to promote the scientific study of phonetics and the various practical applications of that science.

OperaGlass, an opera information server on the World Wide Web.
Here you can get detailed information, including:
* Libretti
* Source Texts
* Performance Histories
* Synopses
* Discographies
plus pictures, background information, and more on any of a small but
rapidly growing number of operas, plus pointers to many other opera servers.

The definitive online score of information and support for singing professionals with children. (USA) An excellent informative site for singers who are combining a career with parenthood.

Opera Talent targets all those who are involved in operatic productions. We publish their photos, biographies and recording samples to help promote their careers and also provide a forum for their opinions through articles on current issues. We reveal details of auditions, a vital element of an operatic career.

Ideas and resources for great music lessons. 

Singers on the Net
This is a large and comprehensive online ezine covering a wealth of topics of interest to singers and singing enthusiasts. It has a bias towards opera, but all aspects of vocal craft are covered in an entertaining and topical manner. Many singer profiles and concert details.

STANDARDSTRAX - possibly the only website dedicated to bringing you original, fresh and exclusive backing tracks of classic 20's / 30's / 40's / 50's & 60's standards as well as jazz and big band versions of pops for the discerning vocalist looking for something a bit different.

The Contemplator's Microencyclopedia of Folk Music . A useful resource for Ballads, Folk Music and Traditional and Popular Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America.

The Lied and Song Texts Page
Translations of all the songs and lieder in the Schubertline catalogue. This site has the texts of more than 7000 songs and lieder, with translations and links to MIDI files etc. An invaluable resource for singers and singing teachers.

The Singing Spot
Valuable resource for singers, speakers, actors and anyone interested in their voice. Directory links for all singing subjects. Sign up for free singing e-zine. Email:

Vocal Area Network
Vocal Area Network is dedicated to the advancement of vocal ensemble music in the New York City area. Our information-sharing services are offered for the benefit of the vocal ensemble community.Our goal is to establish Vocal Area Network as the center for vocal ensemble activities and information in New York by providing a home for the growing community of professional and vocational ensemble singers and their audiences. We offer services and produce events to meet the needs of that community.

Voice Care Network UK is a charity set up in 1993 in order to help and advise teachers on keeping their voices healthy and on communicating more effectively.
‘Whoever you are and what ever your work, your voice is the most effective means of reaching others.

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Singing courses and training websites

The Daniel Ferro Vocal Program
Vocal master classes, July - August, in Greve, Chianti (Italy) under the direction of Daniel Ferro (Juillard School of Music). "Intensive study of vocal technique as applied to the literature of singing."

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Teachers Directories is a free service with a database of music teachers in the UK. Search by your chosen instrument and select a region. The website also provides a wide range of other classical music information and resources.

- USA internet directory of teachers of singing. Gives access to websites of many U.S. voice teachers and provides e-mail links to others. - International mailing list and free resource for singers and singing teachers.

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Translations of song texts

Lieder and Song texts
Translations of all the songs and lieder in the Schubertline catalogue. This site has the texts of more than 7000 songs and lieder, with translations and links to MIDI files etc. An invaluable resource for singers and singing teachers.

I P A Source
The IPASource is home for accurate word-for-word translations of songs and arias in French, German, and Italian with International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions in the user-friendly PDF format. It is all free for your private use. 

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Singing Festivals and Competitions

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Established in 1983, this biennial competition quickly became known throughout the classical world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the start of their careers.

Operalia was founded in 1993 as a competition that gifted young singers would be able to attend regardless of their economic means and that would lead not only to one-off prizes but also to employment in opera ensembles around the world.
Under Plácido Domingo's artistic aegis since its inception, Operalia has become one of the most important international contests for opera singers of all voice categories who are in the early stages of their career.

"Performance" The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech
There are over 300 festivals across the UK and Ireland who are affiliated to "Performance" The British & International Federation of Festivals. There are also affiliated festivals or festival organisations in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are keen to extend this Global Festival Network and welcome further enquiries.

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