Many hundreds of Princeton students make great music, and life-long friendships, in the dozens of performing ensembles which flourish on our campus. The Music Department’s faculty-led ensembles include two symphony orchestras, three choral groups, several jazz ensembles, contemporary music ensembles, an African Music Ensemble and smaller chamber groups of every description. Together, these groups have brought Princeton music-making to international destinations from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires and from to Cape Town to Vienna, and they have performed on campus with internationally acclaimed artists. The ensembles also offer many opportunities for student soloists, including annual concerto competitions allowing several winners to perform with the Orchestra and Sinfonia.
The Department has been at the forefront of contemporary music, from the groundbreaking Princeton Laptop Orchestra to Princeton composers premiering works with leading performers of contemporary music such as Sō Percussion (the Edward T. Cone Ensemble in Residence), the JACK Quartet, and the Escher String Quartet in the Princeton Sound Kitchen series.
The list below presents the Department's faculty-led ensembles; the link below presents student-run ensembles.