So You Want to Sing Spirituals: Extra Content

In addition to the book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals (SYWTSS), there are several supporting documents that were not published in the printed book. These appendices include brief composer biographies, bibliographies of selected music books, scores, and sound recordings, a categorized guide on spirituals with biblical references and vocal anthology placement, lists of song anthologies that include concert spirituals for solo voice, a list of anthologies with spirituals for choir, and a list of song anthologies that contain songs by African American composers. Below are links to this supplemental content.

This content has been added to an Expanded General Index of SYWTSS and a separate Song Index. NOTE: The links for the appendix title represent the latest version of the document. The DOI link is the version that existed at the time of SYWTSS’s 2019 publication.


Appendix 1Recommended Recordings Selection of recordings recommended for those beginning a collection of concert spirituals for solo voice. DOI:
Appendix 2 Concert Spiritual Singers and Their Recordings Sample of singers, arranged by voice type, and their recordings of concert spirituals. DOI:
Appendix 3Spirituals in Musical Anthologies Availability of Spiritual Music Scores: print publishers, online databases and publishers, self-publishing composers, online resellers, selected musical scores: compilations containing concert spirituals for solo voice. DOI:
Appendix 4 Song Literature Classification Concert spirituals classified by category with scriptural reference(s) and entry in musical anthologies. DOI:
Appendix 5 Relevant Resources Resources specifically about Negro spirituals or that reference performers, composers or other information related to spirituals. DOI:
Appendix 6African-American Art Songs Resource List Print and online resources related to African-American art songs
Appendix 7Composers Brief Biographies Short biographies, with score and recordings information, of composers of concert spirituals for solo voice. DOI:
Appendix 8 Art Songs by African American Composers in Musical Anthologies Availability of art songs by African American composers in selected musical scores compilations. DOI:
Appendix 9Spirituals in Choral Music Anthologies Availability of concert spirituals in compilations for choral ensembles: mixed voices, women’s voices, men’s voices, children’s voices, and unison, two-part, equal or unspecified voices vocal forces.  DOI:

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