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 snippets for well-known pieces to a complete review for unfamiliar works.


2018-2019 Season

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

Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm

14 October 2018
Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine (Broude edition) & Requiem (Kalmus edition)
Conductor: Lois Laverty, Bio
Soloists: Alexa Cottrell - soprano, Bio
Michael Tedesco - baritone, Bio
11 November 2018
Orff, Carmina Burana (Schott edition)
Conductor: Marina Alexander, Bio
Soloists: Abigail Kempson - soprano, Bio
Christopher Hodson - tenor, Bio
Jacob Kinderman - baritone, Bio
Performance links:
Extensive Carmina Burana site
Complete texts in English
Carl Orff site with background info
Some lyrics fun!
16 December 2018
Handel, Messiah (Novello edition)
Conductor: Frances Slade, Bio
Soloists: Katie Lipow - soprano, Bio
Kathryn Elliott - mezzo-soprano, Bio
Jack Zamboni - tenor, Bio
Elem Eley - bass, Bio

This performance of Messiah was dedicated to the
memory of long-time PSMA guest conductor, and
founder of Voices Chorale NJ, Lyn Ransom, D.M.A.
13 January 2019
Gilbert & Sullivan, Yeomen of the Guard (Schirmer edition)
Conductor: Lee Milhous
Note: Choral rehearsal at 3PM, Reading at 4PM.
Cast for Yeomen of the Guard

17 February 2019
Mozart, Coronation Mass (Kalmus edition)
Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass (Oxford edition)
Conductor: Gregory Geehern, Bio
Soloists: Alize Rozsnyai - soprano, Bio
Kathryn Elliott- mezzo-soprano, Bio
Sean Clancy - tenor, Bio
Michael Wisnosky - bass-baritone, Bio
10 March 2019
Bach, Magnificat (Breitkopf edition)
Vivaldi, Gloria (Serenissima edition)
Conductor: Gabriel Crouch, Bio
Soloists: Emma Daniels - soprano, Bio
Christina Han - soprano, Bio
Madison Bowling - alto, Bio
Rachel Feldman - alto, Bio
Sam Denler - tenor, Bio
Kevin Schneider - tenor, Bio
Matthew Lee - baritone, Bio
14 April 2019
Handel, Israel in Egypt (Kalmus or Schirmer edition)
Conductor: John Wilson, Bio
Soloists: Marisa Curcio - soprano, Bio
Lisa Andreacchi - alto, Bio
Sam Denler - tenor, Bio
Performance link:
Original 1739 version at Royal Albert Hall
Background information:

The above listing shows the seven programs planned for the 2018-2019 season (84th 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 4/10/2019


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