Mission & History



Princeton Pro Musica exists to perform choral masterworks and other works of the choral literature with energy, passion, and uncompromising artistic excellence. We believe in the power of choral music to uplift and transform our current and future audiences, performers, and communities.


History Overview


In 1979, Frances Fowler Slade created Princeton Pro Musica, a symphonic chorus, to perform major works with orchestra. Her focused vision and firm commitment to the pursuit of the highest levels of excellence guided the ensemble for three and a half decades. Princeton Pro Musica welcomed its second Artistic Director, Ryan James Brandau, in 2012. With his leadership, PPM continues to strive to be central New Jersey’s premier arts organization for choral-orchestral masterworks old and new. To learn more, click PPM Full History.


Program Notes Archive


For each concert, Artistic Director Ryan Brandau provides audience members with substantive, essay-length program notes in the concert program that combine history, analysis, and contemporary issues to illuminate the rationale for and potential impact of the music chosen. Please click PPM Program Notes to access the program notes archive. These notes are copyrighted by Princeton Pro Musica Artistic Director, Ryan James Brandau. For information about other-than-personal use of program notes, please contact Dr. Brandau at ryanbrandau@gmail.com.


Repertoire History


Since 1979, Princeton Pro Musica has sought primarily to preserve and prove, through excellence in performance, the vitality of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic choral-orchestral masterworks at the core of the Western canon i.e. masterworks by J. S. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Rachmaninoff, and others. To introduce audiences to more contemporary music and music outside the Germanic/European mainstream, Princeton Pro Musica also presents early music seldom performed and new choral orchestral music by living composers. To access full Princeton Pro Musica repertoire 1979 – 2012 during the tenure of Founding Artistic Director Frances Fowler Slade, click on PPM Repertoire 1979-2012. To access Princeton Pro Musica repertoire during the tenure of Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau 2012 to the present, click on PPM Repertoire 2012-2016.


Guest Artists History


Princeton Pro Musica has been privileged to work with outstanding soloists, orchestra musicians, and instrumental ensembles at home and abroad.  Learn more about these artists by clicking on individual links In the PPM Full History.