School of Music Performance Collection

Browse the Collection

This collection is a growing set of audio and video recordings that documents most performances affiliated with JMU’s School of Music from 1943 to the present. You can stream many of the major ensemble and doctoral recital recordings online! The original recording formats include u-matic video tapes, VHS videotapes, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, digital audio tapes (DATs), 16 inch. acetate discs, 78 discs, 33 1/3 discs, and compact discs. As of 2018 all recordings are born digital and are preserved digital.

All recordings are cataloged (even those not available for streaming) and can be found using the above search box. Recordings are assigned a call number according to their performance date, and tangible formats are stored in a climate-controlled facility. Most may be streamed by clicking on the “Online Availability Option” in the catalog record.

To Search, Use or Combine Any of the Following

  • performance title [i.e Holiday Fest]
  • ensemble name [i.e. Jazz Band]
  • artist name(s) (individual names are not listed for large ensembles)
  • month and year of performance [i.e. April 2011]
  • significant words from the works performed (omit abbreviated words) [i.e. Donizetti furtiva]


  • Ensemble names vary. JMU Orchestra vs. Symphony Orchestra vs. Symphony.
  • Performances for which a program was not supplied, only limited information is available such as performance title and date.
  • Works performed may need to be searched in English and the original language (nozze di figaro and marriage of figaro)
  • Compound words may need to be searched together and separate (Holiday Fest and Holidayfest)

Request a Copy

  • JMU School of Music students and faculty may request a copy of their own performances, only.  Your name must appear on the program as proof of participation. No proxies, written or otherwise, will be honored. Duplication charges are waived for current faculty and students.
  • All other duplication requests must meet the following conditions:
    • Copies are for the private educational use of the person ordering (e.g. Dissertation)
    • The work is not available commercially for sale, hire, or rent


For questions or comments about the collection or this site, please contact the Music Library at (540) 568-6041 or email at library-music@jmu.eduFor more help, contact the Music Librarian.