The new MOLA website will be launched on 17th December 2019 at 3 pm EET (8 am EST, 2 am on 18th Dec NZDT). Because we don’t want any content to get lost in the transition, the forum on the current web site will be made read-only on the 16th December at 6 pm NZDT (6 am CET, 0 am EST).

Vancouver 2020

Major Orchestra Librarians' Association

38th Annual Conference

June 5 - 8, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Welcome, visitor

Welcome to the website of the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association (MOLA). This site contains information, resources, and links for MOLA member librarians, as well as for other musicians, conductors, publishers, administrators, and the general public.

Founded in 1983, the Major Orchestra Librarians' Association comprises of over 270 performance organizations around  the world, represented by more than 450 librarians. The job of these performance librarians is to acquire, prepare, catalogue and maintain
the music for each institution. Through MOLA, librarians share information and resources to help them in their daily work.

MOLA's mission is to facilitate communication between professional performance librarians, educate and assist them in providing
service to their organizations, provide support and resources to the performing arts, and work with publishers  to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials.

Selected News
Conversation with Clinton F. Nieweg (MOLA Co-founder, including a mini MOLA Oral History) [Editorial assistance by Jennifer A. Johnson]
352 days ago
In an essay by Karen Schnackenberg, she summarizes the whole package that is required to become a successful performance music librarian as follows: “In addition to their musical skills, successful orchestra librarians need to be able to handle thousands of details on a regular basis, must be multitaskers, deadline-driven, thick-skinned (providing music and information services to up to 100 orchestra members, multiple conductors and concertmasters and administrative staffs, choruses, and guest artists), and passionate about music and their role in creating it.” Karen is currently serving as the Principal Librarian, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and concurrently as the Past President of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA). In the following interview, Karen describes what a typical day on the job is like for an orchestra librarian for such a high-caliber orchestra, as well as her unparalleled talents in multitasking.
593 days ago
Information and application for the Marcia Farabee Librarian Exchange Program is now available.
1091 days ago
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MOLA Year at a Glance

  • Member organizations annually perform ca. 15,000 programs totaling over 40,000 concerts and performances.
  • They produce some 50,000 radio broadcasts and internet streams, 500 CD and internet recordings and hundreds of nationally and internationally televised performances.
  • They employ 22,000 musicians including 500 librarians
  • Every year member librarians proofread and prepare about 2 million pages of music – totaling over 1 billion notes!

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