Certificate in Music Performance: Electronic Music

Electronic Music Certificate Requirements
The requirements for successful completion of the composition-focused Certificate in Performance are completion of six required courses, participation in the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), and a senior project in the form of software/hardware development, instrument design, or electronic music composition. Students also have access to private composition lessons with Princeton University graduate students.
Required Courses
Music Staff
  • 2 Music Theory Courses: Completion (or placing out of) MUS 105 & 106
  • 2 200-level Courses
  • 2 300-level Electronic Music Courses: These include MUS/COS 314, MUS 316, & MUS315

For a complete list of currently offered courses, please click here. Contact Jeff Snyder with questions.

Princeton Laptop Orchestra
Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)

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 SnyderMore information

The Senior Project

can take the form of software/hardware development, instrument design, or an electronic music composition.

Private Composition Lessons

are available with Princeton University graduate students, coordinated by Andrew Lovett.

Program Auditions

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.

Audition Requirements:

  • 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.