Members of the community gather 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. A semi-professional orchestra is assembled and professional soloists arranged for, as each work requires. The sessions are always conducted by professional conductors.
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. Scores are provided.
Sessions begin at 4:00pm (3:00pm for Gilbert & Sullivan) and finish by 6:30pm, with a refreshments break in the middle serving tea, coffee, and snacks. We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, NJ.
If you, our PSMA members, miss our joyful sessions as much as we, the PSMA Board, do, we have some good news. PSMA invites you to participate in a Zoom sing of the Mozart Mass in C Minor on Sunday, April 11, at 4PM. Marjorie Herman, D.M. will introduce the piece and guide us through a warmup. Then everyone will be muted as we each sing (and/or play) along to a Youtube recording with professional orchestra and chorus, with scrolling score. Scores will also be available in Rogers Woolston’s shed as usual. Since this is a virtual sing, feel free to invite your family and friends, wherever they live in the US or beyond. There will be an opportunity to chat at the end of the session. More details.
The unprecedented challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in difficult but necessary choices to protect ourselves and limit exposure to others. Based on these concerns, our Board of Trustees has decided not to hold live reading sessions for the 2020-21 season. We have also decided to suspend dues and meeting fee collection for the 2020-21 season. If you would like to continue to support our organization, please use our donation instructions.
Please check back to this webpage and our Facebook page for updates.
Our dates are chosen to avoid conflicts with other musical organizations in the Princeton area to the extent possible, and we regret those conflicts that do happen. For a list of other local organizations that welcome participation from amateur musicians, see our list of area musical groups.