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Musical Theater Songs updates

Musical Theater Songs is one of the newer databases available to BGSU users. Explore some of the features listed below and check out what’s new.

  • Search nearly 11,000 (and counting) titles spanning 150 years of shows
  • Custom-tailor your search using up to 20 different parameters and over 100 descriptive tags
  • Choose classic titles, rarities, or the latest work from today’s top new composers
  • Get direct links to sheet music and recordings
  • Connect with your school’s or local library’s music collection using Worldcat
  • Already licensed in hundreds of Schools/Universities worldwide
  • Check out our featured Article on Playbill
  • Ideal for theater, music, music ed. and gen ed. students
  • Share your searches on a variety of E-Mail and social media platforms
  • BGSU Students: check with us if you’re interested in getting a discounted individual subscription; we’ll hook you up with the discount code.


  • Check out the newest songs from our on going composers consortia Musical Theatre Factory and Home Grown Australia
  • Full-Time collaboration with
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  • New Association with Rock The Audition
  • New upgraded server for even faster search results
  • Newly added Chicago Prize Competition featuring loads of local Windy-City creators. Check it out at




New Resource: Musical Theater Songs

Musical Theater Songs

We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new electronic resource, Musical Theater Songs! It’s an index of tunes from musicals that will help performers and directors identify appropriate songs for auditions, recitals, productions, and more. With more than 20 variables (such as voice type, range, and character age) to search, this source will allow users to answer questions such as:

“How can I find the right songs for my auditions, voice lessons, coachings, competitions, juries and cabaret appearances?


“Where can I find new music to suit my evolving voice and character type?”


“Where do I find that great song someone just sang to land a terrific job?”


“Where do I find songs I can recommend to my students or colleagues?”


“How do I learn more about a specific song or show?”


“How can I find a song to use in a movie or video or a TV or radio spot?”

Check it out and find your next musical theater song!

New in Met Opera on Demand


If you haven’t checked out our subscription to Met Opera on Demand yet, now’s a great time because they’ve added some new content!

Last April’s Live in HD presentation of opera’s most popular double bill—Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci—is now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. The new production by Sir David McVicar stars Marcelo Álvarez in the lead tenor roles of both operas, along with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza and George Gagnidze as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Patricia Racette as Nedda and Gagnidze as Tonio in Pagliacci. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts. With this month’s new releases, all ten Live in HD presentations from the 2014/15 Met season are now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access.

As an added bonus this month, a special documentary feature called “Live at the Met: From Stage to Screen” is also newly available. This incredible look at the preparation and production of a Live in HD cinema transmission takes you behind the scenes of the new Cav/Pag with the HD director, host, stars, and crew for an up-close view of the exciting process behind the Met’s extraordinary HD presentations.

Two new audio-only titles are also available:

Rusalka (Dvorák): radio broadcast recorded on 12/11/1993, conducted by John Fiore and starring Gabriela Benacková, Janis Martin, Stefania Toczyska, Ben Heppner, and Sergei Koptchak.

Peter Grimes (Britten): radio broadcast recorded on 12/31/1994, conducted by James Conlon and starring Renée Fleming, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Alan Opie.

Closed for today

Due to some flooding over the weekend, we’re closed for today while we try to dry damaged materials. We should be able to open again tomorrow, and we apologize for the trouble.

New polka collection available for researchers

We’ve just added an exciting new collection to the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives in the form of the back catalog of the Vitak-Elsnic publisher. A gift of Music Publishers of America (MPA)–the company that currently owns and still sells the catalog–the collection includes two copies of almost all of the titles published by polka publisher Vitak-Elsnic over the last 120+ years.

Vitak-Elsnic Collection on shelves

Materials in the collection include scores of music for accordion, concertina, and piano, as well as charts for small band and orchestra ensembles, and a few other odds and ends. In many cases, the same tune is arranged for several different instruments and/or ensembles, allowing users of the collection to trace different uses of compositions and tunes. All told, the collection includes almost 6,000 pieces.

Vitak-Elsnic scores on shelves

One pleasant surprise we discovered when packing the collection was the presence of re-order history for many of the titles on cards that we thought were simply shelf dividers. This information will provide valuable insights into the popularity of these titles over time.


While it will take some time for us to add full descriptions of these materials in our library catalog, the collection is all in order, and we can retrieve materials for researchers easily. Sales for commercial performances are and will continue to be available directly from MPA.

Accordion Scores from Vitak-Elsnic collection

Read more on the history Vitak-Elsnic in this Billboard article from 1967 and on the MPA website.