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.


2015-2016 Season

Princeton Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, NJ
Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm

4 October 2015
Mozart, Requiem (Peters edition) Program Notes
Conductor: Thomas Juneau, Bio
Karen Levandoski - Soprano, Bio
Lisa Andreacchi - Alto, Bio
Joseph Schnorrbusch: - Tenor, Bio
Michael Alworth - Bass, Bio
15 November 2015
Verdi, Requiem (Peters edition) Program Notes
Conductor: John Wilson, Bio
Dayeong Haemi Kang - Soprano, Bio
Michelle Siemens - Alto, Bio
Jeremy Blossey - Tenor, Bio
Vincent Grana - Bass, Bio
13 December 2015
Handel, Messiah (Novello edition) Program Notes
Conductor: Lois Laverty, Bio
Times of Trenton interview of Lois
Morgan Whitney - Soprano, Bio
Jocelyn Colao - Alto, Bio
Jack Zamboni - Tenor, Bio
Michael Tedesco - Bass, Bio

17 January 2016
Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance (Schirmer edition), Program Notes
Conductor: Lee Milhous
Cast for Pirates of Penzance
14 February 2016
Dvorak, Mass in D-Major (Kalmus/Belwin-Mills edition) Program Notes
Conductor: Philip Cave, Bio
Ashleigh Ayres - Soprano, Bio
Katie Kershaw - Alto, Bio
Kyle Sheehan - Tenor, Bio
Danile Malloy - Bass, Bio

13 March 2016
Mendelssohn, Elijah (Schirmer edition) YouTube performance
Conductor: Chris Loeffler, Bio
Kristen Markowski - Soprano, Bio
Deirdre Hindley - Alto (Jezebel), Bio
Jason Nop - Countertenor
Stephen Markowski - Tenor, Bio
William Walker - Bass (Elijah), Bio

10 April 2016
Durufle, Requiem (YouTube) and Motets: Ubi Caritas (YouTube) and Notre Pere (YouTube) (Durand edition)
Conductor: Sun Min Lee, Bio
Eva Kastner-Puschl - mezzo soprano, Bio
Kenny Litvack - baritone, Bio


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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