Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs

Facebook Members of the community gathered together for the common and joyful enterprise of making music, to sing through for their own pleasure the great works in choral literature, with chorus, orchestra, and soloists as the works require. The meetings are informal readings in which any musically interested person may join the chorus. There are no separate rehearsals, except a one hour chorus rehearsal for the Gilbert and Sullivan, and no auditions. Conductors usually do some preparation with the chorus before the sing-through. This varies from minimal snatches for well-known pieces to a complete review for unfamiliar works.


2014-2015 Season

Princeton Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rt 206 at Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ
Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm

5 October 2014
Orff, Carmina Burana (Schott edition)
Conductor: Francis Fowler Slade
Soloists: Soprano - Danielle Sinclair, Bio
  Tenor - Colin Markey, Bio
  Baritone - Minsu Park
16 November 2014
Honegger, King David (Foetisch edition)
Conductor: Jason Tramm
Soloists: Soprano - Rachel E. Barker, Bio
Mezzo - Alison Harvey, Bio
Tenor - Frank Hampton, Bio
Narrator - Don Sheasley
Witch - Lois Laverty
14 December 2014
Handel, Messiah (Novello edition) Notes on this reading
Conductor: Ryan Brandau, Bio
Soloists: Soprano - Olivia Greene, Bio
Mezzo - Zerrin Martin, Bio
Tenor - Orin Strunk, Bio
Bass - Scott Purcell, Bio
11 January 2015
Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass (Oxford edition) and Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (Barenreiter edition)
Conductor: Lynnel Joy Jenkins, Bio
Soloists: Soprano - Sarah Pelletier, Bio
Mezzo - Lisa Reifschneider, Bio
Tenor - Kevin Radtke, Bio
Bass - Brandon Gaines, Bio
8 February 2015
Gilbert and Sullivan, Mikado (Schirmer edition), Cast
Conductor: Lois Laverty
Rehearsal at 3pm for choir
Brett Algaier, Tom Colao, Michael Stebbins, Brian Duane, Michael Tedesco, Danielle Sinclair, Lara Gaare, Ashley Hansell, Susan Gaylord

8 March 2015
Faure, Requiem (Schirmer edition) and Vaughan Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem (Hinshaw edition)
Conductor: Penna Rose, Bio
Soloists: Abigail Kelly, soprano, Bio
Colin Fuller, baritone, Bio

12 April 2015
Rutter, Requiem (Hinshaw edition) and Gloria (Oxford edition)
Conductor: Gail Lee, Bio
Soloist: Hannah Nadelson, soprano, Bio


The above listing shows the seven programs planned for the 2014-2015 season (80th year) of the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs. These sessions are not in any sense performances; they are informal readings in which everyone present may participate. An orchestra is assembled and soloists arranged for as each work requires. The sessions are always conducted by professional conductors.

Please consider joining for the year, either as a regular member or a patron member. A year's membership offers benefits that are not available to those who participate on a single-session basis. In addition to the cost savings, members receive notices of each meeting, and they may also borrow vocal scores during the week preceding any session. Membership dues also help the organization to cover continuing operating expenses such as rental charges for the use of the building, purchase and rental of music, and refreshments.

Dues are $45 for one person, or $65 for a couple. (The amount of patron's dues, $80 and $100, over the regular dues is tax deductible, as are all contributions to PSMA.) The society also welcomes contributions to the J. Merrill Knapp Memorial Endowment Fund. Instrumentalists and soloists are welcome to join, but they will play in the orchestra or appear as soloists by invitation only, according to the requirements of the work.

Prospective members and participating guests are welcome at single sessions for an admission charge of $10.00 per session. There is no charge for students or for guests who come only to listen, but a donation is requested if they take refreshments.

For a list of other musical organizations in the area that welcome amateur members to participate, see our list of related groups.

Musical Amateurs is run by a Board of Trustees and Management Committees. Further questions about the Society may be addressed to Marilee Thompson, President at (609) 466-4479 or email to (Carolyn Hoeschele).
Last updated 08/29/2013


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