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Choir Music Database

I am looking for a way to create a database (for Mac or iOS so Microsoft Access is out of the picture) to sort out my choral music library? It has to be for Mac or for iOS! Thanks a lot!
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on July 1, 2013 2:03pm
Have you searched the ChoralNet archives? This question has come up a lot over the years, so you'd probably get some useful information by looking at past threads on the subject.
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on July 1, 2013 2:07pm
I recommend Bento, which is available for both Mac and iOS, and can easily sync between the two.
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on July 1, 2013 2:25pm
Our library was in Access and after arriving at my present position (being a Mac person) I migrated the files from Access to Excel and everything transfered perfectly. If you'd like, I can send you what fields we have in our database for your reference.
Dr. Craig Scott Symons
Director of Music/Organist
First Congregational Church 
Old Greenwich, CT
email: craigs(a)
on July 2, 2013 6:12am
I used Microsoft Access in a former parish but now use Excel with much success. I like the versatility of sorting on various fields and the ease of updating as new anthems are added. Used my own column headsings:Title, Composer, Season, Number of copies, Scriptural reference, and Numerical listing to match the file folders. Saves hours when planning! John Pivarnik
on July 2, 2013 6:54am
I need to recatalog my library, and I've chosen Google Docs spreadsheet. My institution is using Google Docs for many things, and I can share the library with colleagues.
on July 2, 2013 8:56pm
Yes, this is why I chose Google docs for the same thing. I like being able to enter new entries through a form - very clean.
on July 3, 2013 5:19am
Does anyone have experience with Filemaker Go? Would that be a good solution?
on July 3, 2013 7:39am
I use Filemaker Go extensively for a non-music database, in combination with Filemaker for Mac. In my experience, it is very flexible and powerful, but as a result takes a little programming ability to set up. It also is just a bit trickier to sync between devices. If you are comfortable with that, then Filemaker is great. If not, then I recommend Bento, which is the slimmed down version by the same company. It is less flexible, but much easier to set up and use, and syncing is very easy. The desktop version of Bento is also much cheaper than Filemaker. 
I think you need Filemaker desktop to use Filemaker Go. 
on July 4, 2013 5:11am
Thank you! I will look into it.
on July 3, 2013 3:21pm
Hi Carl,
The LibreOffice suite, whch includes both spreadsheet and database applications is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and is free and open-source.
MySQL on a web-server would also work very well.
on July 4, 2013 4:17am
Why creating your own database? It is such a work! And it will never have the comprehensivity and the power of an already existing database like Musica.
Musica is now offering to add private fields in its on-line database ( ). Then to reference your holdings, just search for the score and add your location in your private field.
If the score is not yet referenced in Musica, you create a new record, and participate by this way to the cooperative build up of Musica, worldwide, and automatically multilingual.
The only (important for you) current constraint is that the software to be downloaded for doing this is still not available on Mac :-( . We have good hopes that it will be the case before Christmas...
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