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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



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Special Highlights in the Choir's History





1944-45
First choral Winter Concert in the high school auditorium, led by Harvey Woodruff.

1948-49
Thomas Hilbish replaces Mr. Woodruff. Winter Concert moves to Princeton University Chapel, where it has been held ever since. Since its humble beginnings, the Winter Concert has become one of the prides of the high school and an important community event; the Chapel is always packed to capacity (more than 1,200 people attend).

1950-51
Mr. Hilbish receives permission from the Broadway production to mount the first high school production of Brigadoon.

1951-52
Choir appears on Paul Whiteman's "Teen Club" radio show and national television show. Special permission granted by Rodgers and Hammerstein office to the Choir as first high school choir to perform selections from Oklahoma.

1952-53
First performances by a high school anywhere of Carousel.

1953-54
The choral department reaches a peak of 358 students, prompting it to be called the "largest and best in school history." Choir becomes a full academic subject, meeting every day. The Girls' Ensemble sings Britten's Ceremony of Carols for the first time with Mrs. Eugene Ormandy as harpist.

1954-55
Instead of a spring musical, the Choir presents Honneger's King David.

1955-56
In May, Roger Sessions' Mass is premiered by the Choir at Princeton University.

1956-57
The first opera presented by Princeton High School is Cavalleria Rusticana.

1957-58
Gian Carlo Menotti gives the Choir permission for the first high school production of The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore.

1960-61
Choir performs Anton Webern's Cantatas I and II before the International Musicological Society at Princeton University.

1961-62
The First Choir Tour. The Choir is invited to appear at an international youth festival in Berlin. This turned into a four and one-half week summer tour of seventeen concerts in five European countries. Traveling as official cultural ambassadors of the United States, the choir is the first high school group to be sponsored by the Department of State.

1962-63
Choir performs Christmas Cantata by John Harbison (Class of 1956). Menotti invites choir to sing at his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.

1963-64
Choir travels to Spoleto. They are the only American choir to perform for the International Association of Choral Directors in Budapest, under the baton of Zoltan Kodaly. They also tour France and sing with the BBC Chamber Orchestra at England's Cheltenham Festival, premiering Veni Sancte Spiritus, composed especially for the choir by Peter Maxwell Davies. In March, Mr. Hilbish and the Choir join Milton Babbitt at the Music Educators National Conference in Philadelphia, in a lecture-performance of works by Webern, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky's Les Noces.

1965-66
Thomas Hilbish resigns as director of the Choir to take a position at the University of Michigan. William Trego is appointed as new choir director.

1966-67
Nancianne Parrella joins the program as associate director. Vincent Persichetti leads a workshop on his Mass for Mixed Voices.

1968-69
Frank Lewin's Mass for the Dead is premiered.

1971-72
Maurice Durufle conducts the choir in his Requiem, with Mme. Durufle at the organ.

1972-73
Choir participates in Festival of Three Cities (Vienna, Budapest, Prague).

1977-78
Menotti invites the Choir to return to the Spoleto Festival, this time in Charleston, South Carolina. Choir premieres Menotti's new opera, The Egg, and performs Janacek's Glagolitic Mass with the Westminster Choir.

1980-81
Choir featured at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors' Association in New Orleans, where they are designated "Best Concert High School Choir in the United States."

1983-84
The Choir and Orchestra are ainvited to the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna.

1984-85
Choir tours Long Island.

1986-87
Choir tours Canada.

1988-89
Choir tours France, performing in Notre Dame de Paris, Colmar, and Strasbourg.

1991-92
Choir tours France and Italy, with performances in Colmar, Ebersmunster, Florence, Pettoranello.

1993-94
Charles Sundquist becomes choir director. Choir wins top honors at the Festival of Gold in Washington, DC, performing at the Kennedy Center.

1994-95
Choir travels to Oxford, London, Paris, Chartres, and Colmar. Performed with Andrew Parrot at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and in Chartres Cathedral.  Choir performs for the ACDA Eastern Regional Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

1996-97
Choir travels to Moscow , St. Petersberg, and Yaroslavl, performing Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and the Rachmaninoff Vespers.   Performance of Mozart's Requiem at Princeton University Chapel with soloists Sharon Sweet and Paul Plishka of the Metropolitan Opera.

1998-99
Choir performs five concerts in Berlin, Leipzig, Weimar, and Eisenach.  Sang mass at the Thomaskircke, Leipzig.  In Eisenach, sang at the Wartburg Castle where they premiered Randy Bauer's ('93) Prozessionlied.

1999-2000

2000-2001
Tour to St. Petersburg and Novgorod, Russia.  Performance  with the choir of the G.F.Handelschule of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Schauspielhaus in Berlin.

2002-2003
Tour to Budapest and Vienna.

2004-2005
Tour to Dresden and Prague

2005-2006
Concert at the White House.

2006-2007
First tour to Sweden.  Performances in Stockholm, Växjö, and Uppsalla Cathedral

2008-2009
Vincent Metallo becomes director.  Tour to Washington, DC. Performed at the National Cathedral.

2009-2010
Performed Menott's Unicorn, Gorgon and Manticore with Drama III Class and 3D Studio Art Class

2010
Black History Month Gospel Festival at PHS

2010
Selections from Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

2011
Tour to Barcelona and Catalonia

2011
an abriged fully staged version of Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss

2012
Princeton High School Choral Department presents and evening of Gospel Music and Dance
with Dr. Raymond Wise

2012
an abridged staged fully staged version of Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan

2013
Tour to Ljubliana, Slovenia and Venice, Verona, Padova, Italy

Songs of Sondheim, An evening of Choruses, Duets, Solos and small group selections