The Princeton Singers, 1983-present
For nearly thirty years, The Princeton Singers have captivated audiences and listeners through excellent singing and musicianship. Founded as a small, professional, independent ensemble in 1983 by John Bertalot, then choirmaster and organist at Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey, the Singers soon earned a reputation for “excellent tuning, impeccable control, and subtlely-nuanced phrasing.”
Since being appointed Artistic Director in 1998, composer-conductor Steven Sametz has expanded the group’s repertoire. Under Dr. Sametz, the ensemble has been noted for its versatility and its mastery of works from Bach to Schoenberg, with forays into unexplored and exciting realms such as Aboriginal and native American ritual music, Igbe chanting and Arab-Andalusian muwashahat. Our season has come to include not only the local holiday favorite “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” when we bring to life traditional carols while Dylan Thomas’ classic story is read aloud, but also popular collaborations with the Princeton University Art Museum, when the Singers’ range and Dr. Sametz’s creative programming genius are given free rein, allowing us to pair Rothko with Ligeti and Jasper Johns with John Cage. Whatever the repertoire, the Singers have been hailed as “masterful choral singers” with a “rich vocal color” and “flowing choral tone.”
The Princeton Singers are also a vital force in the creation of new choral compositions. The Singers serve as choir-in-residence at the American Choral Directors Association annual Composers’ Forum, and each season we commission a new work by Dr. Sametz.
In addition to popular hometown performances, The Princeton Singers have been featured at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and Chorus America. Dr. Sametz has led the ensemble in collaborative concerts with Chanticleer, The American Boychoir, Westminster Choir College’s Schola Cantorum, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Lehigh University Choral Arts, and the Princeton Girlchoir. The Princeton Singers have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “With Heart and Voice,” and have been broadcast by the BBC while on tour in Europe. A full listing of The Princeton Singers’ CDs may be viewed