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.


2013-2014 Season

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

13 October 2013
Brahms Requiem (Kalmus edition)
Conductor: Patrick Gardner Bio
Soloists: Christina Castaldi, soprano Bio and Minsu Park, baritone Bio
10 November 2013
Beethoven Mass in C (AAC edition) and Choral Fantasy (Kalmus edition)
Conductor: Sun Min Lee Bio
Soloists: Annie Anderson, soprano Bio
Mimi Lanseur, mezzo soprano
Tyler Clark, tenor Bio
Brandon Gaines, baritone Bio
8 December 2013
Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio (Schirmer/Kalmus editions) and Britten Ceremony of Carols (Boosey & Hawkes SATB edition)
Conductor: Jason Tramm Bio
Elizabeth Sutton, soprano Bio
Denise Mihalik, mezzo-soprano Bio
Rebecca Nice Parrone, mezzo-soprano Bio
Jack Zamboni, tenor Bio
Grant Mech, baritone Bio
12 January 2014
Bernstein Chichester Psalms (Amberson-Schirmer edition) and Rutter Magnificat (Oxford University Press edition)
Conductor: Ed McCall
Soloists: Caitlin Stein, Soprano Bio
Evan Corn, Treble Bio
9 February 2014
Gilbert and Sullivan HMS Pinafore (Schirmer edition)
Conductor: Lois Laverty Bio
Rehearsal at 3pm for choir

9 March 2014
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms (Boosey & Hawkes edition) and Mozart Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, K. 339 (Breitkopf-AMP edition)
Conductor: Marjorie Herman Bio
Rebecca Nice-Parrone, mezzo soprano Bio
Clarisse Colao, soprano
Frank Hampton, tenor Bio
Brian Duane, baritone Bio
Talk by Dr. Herman starting at 3pm

13 April 2014
Bach St. John Passion (Barenreiter-Kassel-AMP edition)

Conductor: Gabriel Crouch Bio
Katie Buzard, soprano Bio
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, counter-tenor Bio
Colin Markey tenor Bio
John Kemp, tenor Bio
Grant Mech, baritone Bio
Elem Eley, baritone Bio

The above listing shows the seven programs planned for the 2013-2014 season (79th 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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