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.


2017-2018 Season

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

Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm

15 October 2017
Mozart, Requiem (Peters Edition)
Conductor: Christopher Loeffler, Bio
Soloists: Raelee Gold - soprano, Bio
Emily Skilling - mezzo-soprano, Bio
Brian Boeshore - tenor, Bio
Andrew Stack - bass-baritone, Bio
Performance link:
1988 performance with Leonard Bernstein conducting
19 November 2017
Beethoven, Missa Solemnis (Schirmer Edition)
Conductor: Thomas Juneau, Bio
Soloists: Casandra LaMotte - soprano, Bio
Hilary Baboukis - alto, Bio
Nicholas Petroski - tenor, Bio
Nicholas Hay - bass, Bio
Performance link:
(Click on the voice part for the particular movement. Alternatively, download the voice part with an actual singer on other websites.)
17 December 2017
Handel, Messiah (Novello Edition) Performance Sequence
Conductor: Amanda Quist, Bio
Soloists: Lucy Hole - soprano, Bio
Eva Kastner-Puschl - alto, Bio
Mike Williams - tenor, Bio
Mark Moliterno - bass, Bio
Performance link: John Elliot Gardner recording of Messiah
Background info:
Messiah program notes by Martin Pearlman
Additional program notes
7 January 2018
Gilbert & Sullivan, Trial by Jury (Schirmer Edition)
and Cox and Box (Boosey edition)
Note: Choral Rehearsal at 3PM, Reading at 4PM.
Conductor: Lee Milhous
Cast for Trial by Jury and Cox & Box

11 February 2018
Schumann, Requiem, Opus 148 (E.F. Kalmus Edition)
Thompson, Alleluia (E.C. Schirmer Edition)
Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium (Peermusic Edition)
Conductor: James Moyer, Bio
Soloists: Casandra Lamotte - soprano, Bio
Lisa Andreacchi - mezzo, Bio
Chaequan Anderson - tenor, Bio
Grant Mech - bass, Bio
Performance link:
Requiem, Opus 148: Dies Irae by Saarbrucken Chamber Choir (audio only)
11 March 2018
Haydn, Paukenmesse (Schirmer edition)
Brahms, Nanie (AAC edition)
Conductor: Reid Masters, Bio
Soloists: Sarah Stine - soprano, Bio
Emily Skilling - mezzo, Bio
Nicholas Petroski - tenor, Bio
Joel Krakower - bass, Bio
Performance links:
8 April 2018
Beethoven, Choral Fantasy in c-minor, Opus 80 (Breitkopf & Hartel edition)
Beethoven, Mass in C-Major, Opus 86 (Breitkopf & Hartel edition)
Conductor: Ruth Ochs, Bio
Soloists: Akiko Hosaki - piano, Bio
Jorie Moss - soprano, Bio
Alyce Daubenspeck - mezzo, Bio
Bryan Hoyos - tenor, Bio
Andrew Stack - bass, Bio
Performance links:
Choral Fantasy
Mass in C

The above listing shows the seven programs planned for the 2017-2018 season (83rd 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 led 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 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 4/8/2018


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