provides an opportunity for students study the performance of vocal or instrumental music (both jazz and classical), electronic music, and music composition in the context of a liberal arts education. It provides extensive opportunities for students to hone their skills through participation in department ensembles, recitals, studio instruction, and performance classes, and also provides a solid foundation in music history, theory, and composition. The program provides a solid foundation for students who may wish to pursue professional music training at the graduate level.
The two-year program is open to rising juniors who can demonstrate in an audition a high level of proficiency in a performance medium such as an orchestral instrument, piano, electronic media, voice (either solo or consort singing), and jazz (voice or instrument), and conducting; students may also be accepted into the program in music composition or electronic music by submitting a satisfactory portfolio or its equivalent. MUS 105-106 is required for the certificate, and students are urged to fulfill this requirement as early as possible in their enrollment, preferably during the freshman or sophomore year. Under special circumstances, students may be able to place out of the course by demonstrating equivalent knowledge. Any student who wishes to postpone MUS 105-106 until their senior year must obtain special permission from one of the directors.
includes being a part of either the Princeton University Orchestra, Glee Club, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensembles, or Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). For further information about these groups, please click here. Pianists who are not a part of these groups should pursue chamber music and accompaniment projects.
- 4 Music Theory Courses: Completion (or placing out of) MUS 105 & 106, as well as MUS 205 & 206
- 2 300-level Courses in Composition: For a complete list of currently offered courses, please click here.
- Performance Project: Completion of a written composition under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
For questions about the composition track, contact Prof. Mackey.
participation is required. The ensemble reinvents the traditional model of the orchestra for the 21st century. Each laptopist performs with a laptop and custom designed hemispherical speaker that emulates the way traditional orchestral instruments cast their sound in space. Wireless networking and video augment the familiar role of the conductor. The group is currently directed by composer and instrument designer Jeff Snyder. More information
can take the form of software/hardware development, instrument design, or an electronic music composition.
Admission to the Program in Performance for instrumentalists is by live audition at the end of the sophomore year, for a panel of ensemble directors. Audition sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin boards on the first floor of Woolworth when the audition date is announced online, by email, and by flyer.
- PIANO & ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS: one movement from a standard sonata or concerto, showing an element of contrast.
- SINGERS: two selections from standard opera arias or songs - one in Italian, and the other in French or German.
- All classical performers must bring a brief musical CV and repertoire list, signed by their studio instructor, covering their freshman and sophomore years.
- JAZZ: two selections of contrasting style that demonstrate awareness of the jazz tradition and the ability to improvise. Repertoire selection is open across jazz genres, including Afro-Latin and Brazilian pieces. Musicians should be prepared to improvise over several choruses with their own ensemble accompaniment.
Ryan Dalton is the incoming Program Manager for the Music Department. His time in Princeton, NJ began at an early age when he became a member of The American Boychoir School, lucky enough to spend...