Student-Run Ensembles

In addition to the Departmental Ensembles, students often form their own new performing groups in order to explore shared passions and foster new interests. Though not exhaustive, the list below includes some of these groups.  Students, if you would like for your group to appear on this list, please contact Michael Langley.

Classical Music Hour: Founded in 2008, Classical Music Hour ("CMH") is has quickly become a beloved Princeton tradition. It is a weekly time for friends to get together and fill the beautiful setting of Rocky Common Room with classical music every Friday from 6:30-7:30PM. CMH provides performance opportunities, discussions, chamber music readings, and collaborations with Princeton's many musical groups. Whether you want to play through a piece on which you have been working, read chamber music, listen to interesting recordings, or simply talk about music, CMH provides an informal setting in which you can revel in music. Refreshments are provided! Email

La Vie En Cello is Princeton University's one and only cello ensemble. Formed in 2015, La Vie en Cello performs a wide range of music in the Princeton community, from pop standards to classical favorites. Email

Opus 21 is the premier undergraduate chamber music ensemble at Princeton University. Founded in 2014, Opus 21 is dedicated to bringing an eclectic repertory of chamber music to Princeton University and beyond. Consisting of a talented roster of undergraduate pianists and string players, Opus 21 presents innovative programming, embracing both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Email

The Princeton Chamber Orchestra is a student run ensemble that specializes in performing orchestral music that otherwise would not be heard on campus. Founded in 2009, the orchestra has since grown into a 60-member organization performing in a more intimate setting than that of larger orchestras. Email

The Princeton Opera Company ("POCO") is Princeton’s only student-run opera organization. POCO proudly shares the operatic art form with the community through fully staged opera productions, recitals, master classes, opera scenes performances, and new music collaborations. Email

Founded in 2012, the Princeton Pianists Ensemble ("PPE") is the University’s only group dedicated to collaborative piano. They feature a diverse range of multi-pianist and multi-keyboard works that include student arrangements and original compositions. Covering everything from the standard classical canon to innovative piano battles, their repertoire has included pieces for four hands on one piano, ten hands on five pianos, and everything in between. Email 

Princeton Swara is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music on campus through student performances, guest lecturers, and full-length concerts featuring the world's leading artists. The performing ensemble studies and shares Carnatic (South Indian) and Hindustani (North Indian) music, but requires no prior knowledge of Indian music, only interest! Email

Princeton Taiko Drumming was founded to promote and encourage the art, performance, and teaching of traditional Japanese drumming, or taiko.  They are dedicated to increasing cultural awareness and exposure to the art and musical form of taiko by creating a safe and inclusive space for learning, practicing, and performing. Email

The Princeton University Band, founded in 1919, is one of less than a dozen scramble bands in the country. They perform at all football games, home and away and continue cheering for the Tigers at men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, and lacrosse games, as well as the occasional swim meet or volleyball game. The Band accompanies Princeton’s teams wherever they go, including frequent visits to NCAA tournaments. Email

The Princeton Brass Ensemble ("PBE") is a small student-run performance group dedicated to highlighting the talents of brass instrumentalists. The size and cohesiveness of the PBE allow all members to contribute to the music selection process and play solo parts at each performance. The PBE performs at a variety of venues including campus arches, Admissions and Administration receptions, Dean's Date celebrations, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Rocky Classical Music Hour, the Student Volunteers Council Music Outreach Program, and other student events. Email

The Princeton University Rock Ensemble ("PURE"), is a student-run rock organization welcoming everyone from guitarists to singers to violinists to lighting designers. PURE performs all kinds of rock music, ranging from The Beatles to Weezer, Van Halen to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Email

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble seeks to provide a place where university members can continue to challenge themselves to higher levels of repertoire, learn from their peers and conductor, and pursue their passion and enjoyment of music while on campus.

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble performs both traditional and modern concert band literature. The ensemble seeks to provide a place where university members can continue to challenge themselves to higher levels of repertoire, learn from their peers and conductor, and pursue their passion and enjoyment of music while on campus. Past programs have included works by a wide variety of composers, from Sousa to Bernstein to Grainger to Persichetti to Shostakovich to Williams.  The group welcomes all woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists, both undergraduate and graduate. Email

The Princeton Undergraduate Composers Collective is a collaborative group of composers dedicated to helping each other improve their work and expand their musical ideas. They write in all styles and genres, and accept composers of any skill level. Email