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Mr. Snyder, Principal
151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4280
Fax: 609.806.4281
Guidance: 609.806.4282

The Princeton High School Choir:
 A Short Introduction

     The Princeton High School Choir has an unusually rich tradition of choral excellence that is unique among American high schools.  The choir has performed extensively in North America and Europe, touring as representatives of Princeton, New Jersey, one of America’s most distinguished communities.  One of five performing ensembles, the 85 members of the choir are selected after careful audition of nearly two hundred and fifty voices in the high school’s choral program.  
     The choir toured most recently to Ljubljana, Slovenia and Padova, Verona and Venice, Italy (2013), Barcelona and Catalonia (2011), Sweden (2007), Prague and Dresden (2005), Budapest and Vienna (2003), Russia and Germany (2001), performing in St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and Berlin, including a performance of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion in Berlin’s Schauspielhaus.  In 1999, the choir toured the Bach cities of Eisenach, Weimar, and the Thomaskirche, Leipzig, where they sang for the Sunday morning mass. The choir was invited to perform for the 850th anniversary of the city of Moscow in 1997, and additional performances on this trip were in St. Petersburg and Yaroslavl.  The choir toured England and France in 1995, performing in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Église de la St. Trinité in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, and in Princeton’s sister city of Colmar, France.  Prior tours took the choir to Italy (1992), France (1989 and 1992), and Vienna (1973 and 1984).  
     The Princeton High School Choir has collaborated with many notable composers, conductors and guest clinicians and is featured every December with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, members of the Princeton High School Choir sand choruses from Henry Purcell's King Arthur with the Dryden Ensemble of Princeton. In 1963, Gian Carlo Menotti invited the choir to perform at his Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.  Maurice Duruflé conducted the choir in a performance of his Requiem in 1971, and Zoltán Kodály conducted the choir in 1963 for the International Association of Choral Directors in Budapest.  Other collaborations have included Vincent Persichetti, singing his Mass for Mixed Voices; Peter Maxwell Davies, premiering his Veni Sancte Spiritus; Roger Sessions, premiering his Mass; and Frank Lewin, premiering and recording his Mass for the Dead in memory of Robert F. Kennedy.  Other performances have included ACDA Regional and National Conventions, the White House, and the Washington National Cathedral.
    The choir has received numerous awards and honors, including first prize at the 1994 Festival of Gold in Washington, D.C., second prize at the 1984 International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, and the “Best in Class” designation at the 1981 convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association in New Orleans.