Music: McKay Music Library

Music Research Portal

About the library

The Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library is located on the first floor   of the School of Music, in Gardner Hall.

Within the McKay Library, you'll find a circulating collection of music scores, and books about music; you'll also find a selection of music reference materials, and a large listening library of over 30,000 recordings. Listening stations, private study carrels, and open study tables allow students to work, read, and listen to music individually or in groups.

McKay's computer lab contains 20 Mac computer stations outfitted with a wide variety of software, including music notation and music editing software. A technology lab offers students a technologically-advanced environment to perform music and multimedia editing.  Students may independently create, mix, edit, and record electronic and computer music or enroll in music technology courses taught in the lab.

Special Collections of the McKay Library include the Mariska Aldrich Archive, and the Maurice Abravanel Studio. More information about these two collections is included in this guide.

The staff at the McKay Library is available to assist you with your music related questions. You can find us at the McKay Service Desk during our regular hours:

8:00am - 9:00pm Monday through Thursday;

8:00am - 5:00pm, Friday;

11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday

Our hours change during breaks, so please check our website, or call us at 801-581-6691. You may also schedule a research consultation by contacting Lisa Chaufty at

Come and see us! We look forward to meeting you!

Maurice Abravanel Studio


Housed in the McKay Music Library, the studio reconstructs the space in Maurice Abravanel's home and contains his conducting scores, books, personal memorabilia, photographs and his Steinway piano.

An intimate environment for serious study by individuals and small groups, the studio provides a fitting environment for graduate oral exams, one of the capstone events of a student's advanced music study. The studio draws visitors worldwide. Please contact us for a tour or visit.



Physical Collection

View a PDF of the inventory of the Maurice Abravanel Studio collection.

Digital Collection

During his tenure with the Utah Symphony, Abravanel was known particularly for his pioneering recordings of the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Scans of the maestro's notated scores of the nine Mahler symphonies will form the backbone of the Abravanel Studio digital collection as it continues to grow.

Mariska Aldrich Archive

Mariska Aldrich (1881-1965) was an American dramatic soprano singer and actress, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She made her operatic debut at the Manhattan Opera House in 1908 in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. Mariska was the first American-born soprano to become a star with the Metropolitan Opera and the first American to sing all three Brünnhildes of Wagner’s Ring in Germany. After years of singing in Europe and the United States, Madame Aldrich settled in Los Angeles, coaching singers and teaching voice.

The Aldrich Archive contains over 25,000 commercial, out-of-print, and historical recordings; operatic scores and sheet music; periodicals and books about music; and historical photos and ephemera. Madame Aldrich began collecting operatic memorabilia and audio recordings while she was singing opera. Her daughter, Anna Mary Aldrich (Meeka) continued caring for and adding to her mother’s collection, expanding it to its current size. In 1998, the Aldrich Foundation gifted the collection to the University of Utah.  To arrange a visit to the Aldrich Archive, please contact us.

The Aldrich Archive recordings are accessible through Usearch, along with other McKay Music Library materials.

McKay Music Library Director

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Lisa Chaufty
School of Music
1375 E. Presidents Circle
McKay Music Library,
Room 100
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