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LGBTQ+ music guide


  • …and we were heard 
    • Provides a platform to underrepresented composers to have their music heard by hosting audio tracks of their compositions on the website
    • Explore their databases with repertoire lists for band and orchestral music
  • Institute for Composer Diversity
    • The Institute encourages the discovery, study, and performance of music by composers from underrepresented groups (including LGBTQIA2+s composers)
    • Search the Composer Diversity Database using various criteria, including demographics, gender and sexuality, genre, and location. Users can consult their advance search options for its database for instruction
    • Resources include best practices for diverse programming and an extensive bibliography of resources about diverse composers
  • NewMusicShelf anthology of new music: Trans and nonbinary voices (vol. 1)
    • Contains songs with music or text by a trans and/or nonbinary creator, or written for a trans and/or nonbinary singer
  • The Wind Repository Project
    • Comprehensive and crowd-sourced wiki of wind band repertoire 
    • Find detailed information on literature for winds, including program notes, instrumentation, errata sheets
    • Scroll to the bottom of the homepage to find composer category filters including LGBT composers and composers of different international origins

Other resources for discovering repertoire

For more resources for discovering repertoire by underrepresented composers, see the Repertoire tabs on the Music Library's BIPOC musicians guide and Women composers guide. These guides include links to general resources in addition to repertoire lists for specific instrument groups and ensembles. Several of the resources listed in the BIPOC musicians guide and Women composers guide also include repertoire by LGBTQ+ composers.

Location and contacts

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Marvin Duchow Music Library
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
Subjects: Music

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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