Fueled by the power of a girl’s voice, Princeton Girlchoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together.
Founded in 1989 as an after-school activity for girls interested in choral music, Princeton Girlchoir has grown into the area’s premier training and performance choir for girls, with over 290 choristers participating each year. The organization is comprised of seven choirs made up of girls from 3rd through 12th grade, drawing singers together from over 75 schools in Central New Jersey and Bucks County. These choirs present music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers. While honing their musicianship, choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.
New members are selected each year by audition, beginning in the spring and sometimes continuing into the month of September. Once chosen, our conductors place them into the choir where they will be most successful; this decision is made with some regard to the chorister’s age, but more significantly based on her stage of musical development.
- Grace Notes – approximately 3rd through 5th grade
- Eighth Notes – approximately 4th through 6th grade
- Quarter Notes – approximately 5th through 7th grade
- Semi-Tones – approximately 6th through 9th grade
- Concert Choir – approximately 7th through 10th grade
- Cantores – 10th through 12th grade
- Ensemble – A select chamber group of mostly high school aged girls
Girls are reassessed annually to determine their musical development and choir advancement. See the Redbook for additional information regarding placement and advancement.
Throughout their weekly rehearsals, the choirs grow as a team and work together to create a beautiful ensemble sound. The singers are challenged to develop their active listening, their musical flexibility, and the breadth of their tone palette. The exciting music that the choirs make as a result, and the powerful connections the girls make with one another, make their years with Princeton Girlchoir truly unforgettable.
Princeton Girlchoir has been honored to perform in a wide array of venues for audiences both nationally and internationally. Notable performances include the North American premiere of Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997 with Yo-Yo Ma at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center; multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall; performances for dignitaries such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rush Holt, and Sandra Day O’Connor; performing the national anthem at several professional sporting events; and appearances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, and NJ Music Educators Association.
All PGC activities will take place virtually at the start of the 2020-2021 Season. In weekly choir classes, each choir will be split into two groups that will trade off, spending half of each class in choral training, ensemble building or sectionals, and half in musicianship training, where singers will focus on sight-singing, rhythm training, songwriting, music theory and more based on ability level, all in a fun, engaging environment that our choristers LOVE!
The highlight of this season will be the well-rounded and engaging musical education each chorister will receive, tailored to their ability level. The smaller groups within each choir will allow for more individual attention and development for each chorister. We are thrilled to have you to be a part of this excited and innovative music education programming! We also encourage you to check out the full array of musical electives we have available this fall.
In addition, we have a full year of events and performances planned. While this year will begin virtually, we will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines as it applies to singing. We will begin to sing together in person when it is safe to do so.
Once in-person rehearsals resume, they will take place at our facility located at 231 Clarksville Road in Princeton Junction, close to shopping, transportation, and various other amenities.