Collection Policies

New Music Performance Collection


The New Music Performance Collection is a cooperative project of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium libraries to serve music faculty members who incorporate new music in their teaching. The goal of this project is to develop a collection of scores, provide opportunities for students to perform new music, and develop working relationships with composers. The collection consists of the works of living, active composers. Most compositions in the collection are suitable for performance by undergraduate level ensembles. The collection includes compositions that were commissioned by recognized ensembles or performers or have won composition contests. Compositions are accessible through a Web-based database and the online catalog of the Old Dominion University Libraries.  



English predominately, but also includes other foreign languages as appropriate.

Chronological Guidelines:

Contemporary works composed by living, active composers. Contemporary works are compositions composed since 1970.

Geographical Guidelines:

The first phase includes Virginia and the Southeastern U.S. Coverage of the entire United States is planned in a later phase.

Formats Collected:

Published (including out-of-print) and printed scores or manuscripts, digitized scores, audiotapes, CDs, and digitized audio files.

Other formats, such as personal papers, manuscripts, oral histories and photographs are collected in the DCR Special Collections. These materials are addressed separately from the New Music Performance Collection. Please see the collection development policy titled Special Collections: Contemporary Music for further information.

Reference Collection:

Materials are acquired to support the provision of reference service to library patrons and to answer outside inquiries related to the scope of the collections.  Reference materials include, but are not limited to bibliographies, local (regional) histories relating specifically to classical music, and guides to archival material and special music collections at other locations.

Collecting Guidelines:

Scores are solicited by letter from the University Librarian and/or Diehn Composers Room Consultant.  A signed Deed of Gift designed specifically for the New Music Performance Collection must accompany materials deposited in the collection. A completed interview sheet, filled out by the composer, that includes information about the composer and composition for cataloging and database entry purposes must also be included with the Deed of Gift.

Two copies of each score are retained, one archival copy and one to circulate. If available, one digital copy of a performance will be added to the New Music Performance Collection database.

Special Considerations:

Each composition deposited is considered a gift, not a loan, to the Diehn Composers Room collection. Each composition title will be cataloged for inclusion in the online catalog of the line'>Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University.

Scores may be borrowed by music faculty, especially those working with student performing groups, to facilitate the selection of new music for students to perform and the opportunity to work directly with the composer.

Database users are required to contact the Diehn Composers Room Consultant to receive a userid and password for searching the New Music Performance Collection database.

Old Dominion University will provide access to these materials for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The written permission of copyright owners and/or other rights holders is required for distribution, reproduction or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions