Choral Music Reference Sources

Compiled for the ACDA session “Resources for Choral Directors at the Center for Black Music Research,” Chicago, March 10, 2011

Reference works and Internet resources

Reference works and internet resources

Floyd, Samuel A., Ed. The International Dictionary of Black Composers. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. Online as part of Routledge Music Online (subscription required). Includes works lists but does not list spiritual arrangements.

GIA Publications, Inc. African American Church Music Series


Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1996. Indexes music for chorus with various ensembles.

Horne, Aaron. String Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1991. Indexes music for chorus with various ensembles.

McDonald, Anthony. The Catalog of Music Written in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. 2nd ed. Columbus, Ohio: The author, 1999. 3rd ed. in preparation. Also lists pieces dedicated to other historical figures and commemorative pieces.

Tiemstra, Suzanne Spicer. The Choral Music of Latin America. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Trice, Patricia Johnson. Choral Arrangements of the African-American Spirituals: Historical Overview and Annotated Listings. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Walker-Hill, Helen. Music by Black Women Composers: A Bibliography of Available Scores. CBMR Monographs No. 5. Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, 1995. Includes choral music by women composers. Full text visible and searchable through Google Books:

White, Evelyn Davidson. Choral Music by African American Composers: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography. 2nd ed. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1996.


Amu, Ephraim. Amu Choral Works. Accra, Ghana: Waterville Publishing House, 1993.

Hogan, Moses, Ed. The Oxford Book of Spirituals. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Onovwerosuoke, Fred. Songs of Africa. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Thomas, André J. Way Over in Beulah Lan’: Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual. Dayton, Ohio: Heritage Music Press, 2007.


African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2001.

Lead Me, Guide Me. Chicago: GIA Publications, 1987.

Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Collection of Afro-American Spirituals and Other Songs. New York: The Church Hymnal Corporation, 1981.

Sadoh, Godwin. E Korin S'Oluwa (Sing unto the Lord): Fifty Indigenous Christian Hymns from Nigeria. Colfax, N.C.: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2005.

Songs of Zion. Nashville: Abington Press, 1981.

Zion Still Sings For Every Generation. Nashville: Abington Press, 2007.