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.
The above listing shows the seven programs planned for the 2015-2016 season (81st 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. Please see donating to PSMA. 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
Last updated 08/23/2015
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