So You Want to Sing Spirituals: Extra Content

In addition to the book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals, 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 the book and a separate Song Index.



Appendix 1 – Recommended 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 3 – Spirituals 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 6 – African-American Art Songs Resource List

Print and online resources related to African-American art songs

Appendix 7 – Composers 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 9 – Spirituals 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:


Online Resources

SYWTS Spirituals Online Resources

Links to information, recordings and other resources connected to specific chapters in So You Want to Sing Spirituals