Departmental Ensembles

Dozens of Performing Ensembles

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 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.




Princeton University Glee Club
Choral Groups
If you love to sing, you are among friends at Princeton. Students come together in groups large and small, formal and informal, to make vocal music together as often as time allows, and on every corner of campus. Here in the music department, our three major choral ensembles lie at the heart of this flourishing community of singers. Auditions will be held September 10-14, 2018 in Woolworth, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall (Basement Level).
Princeton University Orchestra
Symphony Orchestras
Students have described their experience as part of one of the Department of Music's two faculty-led orchestras as one of the highlights of their Princeton careers. The Princeton University Orchestra, celebrated for its conservatory-level performances, offers advanced students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous, touring symphony orchestra. For students seeking a more relaxed exposure to a symphonic experience, the Princeton University Sinfonia provides the chance to perform masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire in multiple venues across the campus. Auditions for returning students will be held September 11-14, 2018 in the Effron Music Building, Teaching Studio E304. Auditions for new students will be held September 14-17, 2018, Teaching Studio E304.
Jazz Ensembles
Jazz at Princeton University hosts a variety of performing ensembles, including the Creative Large Ensemble, several instrumental small groups, and one vocal jazz group. Groups are directed by acclaimed professionals including director Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, Matthew Parrish, and Darcy James Argue. Auditions will be held September 2 & 3, 2020. Further details TBA.
Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)
New Music
Princeton University's Department of Music has a proud history of supporting the performance of contemporary music. The Princeton Sound Kitchen is an experimental series which allows faculty and graduate students to have their works performed by some of the best professional musicians in concerts free and open to the community. The Princeton Laptop Orchestra ("PLOrk") has reinvented the traditional orchestra, performing and inspiring other laptop orchestras all around the globe. Sō Percussion, the Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence, engages with the community through performances, workshops, and groundbreaking projects throughout the year.
Early Music Princeton Performs
Early Music
Early Music Princeton, directed by Wendy Young, is a performance collective that includes faculty, staff, and students from different departments on campus with an interest in performing and studying music from the Medieval to early Classical periods. The group performs in concerts free and open to all throughout the year. The Department of Music possesses a variety of period instruments which are available for student use, and the ensemble hosts workshops and studio classes to develop playing skills. For further information, please email