Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs

Facebook Members of the community gather 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 auditions and no separate rehearsals, except for a one-hour chorus rehearsal for the annual Gilbert and Sullivan session. Conductors usually do some preparation with the chorus before the sing-through. This varies from minimal snippets for well-known pieces to a complete review for unfamiliar works.


2019-2020 Season

Princeton Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, NJ

Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm

13 October 2019
Mendelssohn, Elijah (Schirmer edition)
Conductor: Tom Juneau, Bio
Soloists: Casandra LaMotte - soprano, Bio
Hilary Baboukis - alto, Bio
Joseph Mayon - Tenor, Bio
Christian Waugh - bass, Bio

Part study videos:
10 November 2019
Mozart, Requiem (Novello edition)
Conductor: Chris Shepard, Bio
Soloists: Colleen Kinderman - soprano, Bio
Lisa Andreacchi - alto, Bio
Sean Clancy - tenor, Bio
Jacob Kinderman - bass, Bio

Performance link:
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields w. Sir Neville Marriner
8 December 2019
Vivaldi, Magnificat & Gloria
Vaughn Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Conductor: Gregory Geehern, Bio
Soloists: Alexandra Meakem - soprano, Bio
Courtney Pendleton - soprano, Bio
Kathryn Elliott - mezzo soprano, Bio
Emmanuel Acosta - tenor, Bio
Michael Wisnosky - bass-baritone, Bio

Study Videos and Notes:
Magnificat Video
Gloria Video
Notes (bottom of p2 and all p3)
Notes (1st 5 paragraphs)
12 January 2020
Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance (Kalmus edition)
Conductor: Lee Milhous
Note: Choral rehearsal at 3PM, Reading at 4PM.
Cast for Pirates of Penzance

9 February 2020
Brahms, German Requiem (Kalmus edition)
Conductor: Chris Loeffler, Bio
Hallelujah from the Mount of Olives
Soloists: Lynn Messina - soprano, Bio
Brian Sengdala - baritone, Bio
Performance link:
Berliner Philharmoniker w. Herbert von Karajan
Public domain practice score:
Klavierauszug Piano/Vocal Edition

22 March 2020
19 April 2020


We are planning an exciting season for 2020-2021.
Check this website in early September for the new schedule.
Best wishes to all and hope to see you in the Fall.

Please enjoy these selections online:
1) Dvorak's Stabat Mater
2) Beethoven Mass in C
3) Hallelujah from the Mount of Olives
4) Keep Singing!

The above listing shows the programs that occurred in the 2019-2020 season (85th 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. See our past seasons archive for historical information.

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 local organizations that welcome amateur musicians to participate, see our list of area musical 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 3/18/2020


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