Diction Resources for Choral Conductors

Web pronunciation sound files
Web phonetic spellings, IPA, and/or translations
Books on pronouncing names and terms
  • The Well-Tempered Announcer/ Robert A. Fradkin Good general reference, lots of information, index. ML109 .F73 1996
  • Pronouncing Dictionary of Proper Names / John K. Bollard includes over 23,000 proper names, phonetics and IPAPE1137 .P822 1998
  • Pronouncing dictionary of musical terms includes works & composers,phonetic readings, no IPA ML109 .C59
  • Oxford Dictionary of Pronunciation (both Amer and Brit) PE1137.U66 2001
  • Longman Pronunciation Dictionary / J.C. Wells IPA for both Amer and Brit PE1137 .W44 1990 Book is 1st ed.; for 3rd ed., see http://www.pearsonlongman.com/dictionaries/LPD/
Books, phonetic readings, IPA, translations

Multiple languages

  • Singing Early Music / T.J. McGee., A.G. Rigg, D.N. Klausner IPA for Late Middle Ages and Renaissance song texts MT883 .S56 1996 + LPCD 72561
  • The Goliard Poets / George F. Whicher Medieval Latin songs with translations ML54.6 G64 1949
  • Translations and Annotations of Choral repertoire, Vol III, French and Italian Texts/Ron Jeffers ML47 .J4 1988 v. 3 + LPCD 128.244


  • Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire / Ron Jeffers, Vol I, Sacred Latin texts ML47 .J4 1988 v. 1 + LPCD 128.244
  • Singer's liturgical Latin: Rules for Pronunciation Plus Standard Texts with IPA Transcriptions and English Tranlsations / Robert S. Hines (not in music library)
  • Sacred Latin Texts and English Translations for the Choral Conductor and Church Musican: Propers of the Mass/ William Bausano ML54.8 .S23 1998


  • Translations and Annotations of Choral repertoire, Vol II, German Texts / Ron Jeffers ML47 .J4 1988 v. 2 + LPCD 128.244


  • Translations and Annotations of Choral repertoire, Vol IV, Hebrew Texts / Ron Jeffers ML47 .J4 1988 v. 4 + LPCD 128.244

Composers (by last name)

  • Texts of the choral Works of Johann Sebastian Bach in English Translation / Henry S. Drinker ML49 .B22 (3 volumes)
  • Joh. Seb. Bach Cantata Texts, Sacred and Secular / Charles S. Terry ML53.8 .B32 1964
  • Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts: An Interlinear Translation.../ Melvin Unger ML410 .B1 U52 1996
  • Monteverdi Songs & Madrigals /Denis Stevens ML54.7 .C54 2000

Diction Manuals

  • Pronunciation Guide for Choral Literature: French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish / William V. May and Craig Tolin MT883 .M38 1987
  • Singer's Manual of Latin Diction and Phonetics / Robert S. Hines MT883 .H55