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Music: Finding Performance Ensembles Scores

This guide will introduce music resources available to Pepperdine University students.

Searching for Performance Ensembles Scores

Orchestra faculty, staff, and students can search for Performance Ensemble Scores in the library catalog using the following steps.

Starting a Search

  • Go to the library homepage.
  • In the search box, type:
    • b8:performing ensembles (ask staff)
  • This will bring up all items with the Performing Ensembles shelving location. Hit enter or "Search."

Refining a Search

On the left-hand side of the search results, you can limit to “Payson Library.”

You can also limit by format. Selecting “Musical Score” will help narrow down the results.

There are a few ways of going about searching for specific composers, works of music, etc.

Keyword Search

The library catalog has the ability to search multiple indexes at once. Alongside searching the shelving location (b8:), you can also search by keyword. The code for that is kw:

So, if we add “kw:mozart” to the search box, we get results that have Mozart somewhere in the record.


You can also use the faceted search filters on the left-hand side and limit the results by author/creator.

If we click on Tchaikovsky, for example, it will bring up all performance ensembles scores that have Tchaikovsky as the creator.

This can be done for year, language, topic, etc. Notice the green check mark that says “Full Score Available” located under each title, including the library it is held in (Payson) and the shelving location (PERFORMING ENSEMBLES). This indicates that we have the score.

Catalog Record Information

Once you’ve found and clicked on the score you want, you will see more information about the item. If you scroll down past the bibliographic information, you will get the location, call number, etc. Some important items:

  • Box Number
    • Will appear underneath the call number:

  • Parts and Call Numbers
    • You’ll also be able to see which parts are available, as well as the call number for the box, which will help you locate the scores on the shelf:

  • Details
    • The center section of the record will provide a summary of the parts included in the box, labeled as “Pepperdine University notes:”

Any other notes regarding the work will also be added here. In this example, there were a few instrumental parts that came from a different edition.