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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 9, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 22   prev   next   current

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Passion for music

Princeton NJ — Many Princeton students relish the opportunity to pursue their passion for music while on campus. From the Glee Club to courses in opera and world music cultures, the University has diverse offerings.

  • The first undergraduate courses in music were introduced at Princeton in 1934, but music had played an important part in student life since the late 1800s, when step-singing became a tradition on campus. One-tenth of the student body was taking at least one music course during its time at the University by 1937, when the curriculum was expanded to offer undergraduates the opportunity to concentrate on the study of the theory and history of music.

  • The Department of Music was established in 1946 and given a home in Clio Hall. Arthur Mendel, a prominent authority on the music of Bach, served as chair of the department from 1952 to 1967, relocating it to the Woolworth Center of Musical Studies in the fall of 1963.

  • Today the department offers a wide range of courses in the study of composition, music history and music theory, as well as opportunities to combine these with performance work.

  • In recent years the department has had several majors who have gone on to successful performing careers, including the pianist Robert Taub, jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and singer Mimi Fulme.

Sources: “A Princeton Companion” by Alexander Leitch and the Department of Music website.


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