The performing ensembles housed in the Department of Music represent the heart of a musical culture that reaches into every corner of the campus. From Monteverdi operas to Duke Ellington suites to Bach passions to Mahler symphonies to Haydn quartets to contemporary works, new student works and works composed in the moment on laptops--Department ensembles give students the chance to work with internationally renowned faculty leaders.
Music Department ensembles have brought Princeton music-making to international destinations, from Hong Kong to Estonia to Vienna. They have also performed on campus with internationally acclaimed artists: the Concert Choir with Anonymous Four, the Concert Jazz Ensemble with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the Orchestra with pianist Ivan Moravec.
In 2007, Princeton began a unique collaboration with the Royal College of Music in London, in which students will have the opportunity to participate in a five-year double degree program (A.B. and M.M.). Students will spend one semester of the junior year in London.
There are a number of performance-based courses, along with other academic courses that embrace performance within their syllabi.
MUS 213 Projects in Instrumental Performance
MUS 214 Projects in Vocal Performance
MUS 215 Projects in Jazz Performance
MUS 216 Techniques of Conducting
MUS 314 Computer and Electronic Music through Programming, Performance, and Composition
Courses offered with a performance component include:
MUS 105 Music Theory through Performance and Composition (offered fall term)
MUS 106 Music Theory through Performance and Composition (offered spring term)
MUS 210 Beginning Workshop in Musical Composition
MUS 308 Contemporary Music through Composition and Performance
MUS 310 Advanced Workshop in Musical Composition
MUS 311 Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition I
MUS 312 Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition II
MUS 318/THR 330 Special Topics in Performance Practice
MUS 320 (OTO) Jazz Performance Practice in Historical and Cultural Context
MUS 321/DAN 321 (OTO) Music and Dance Collaborations in the 20th Century