Princeton Playhouse Ensembles

Princeton Playhouse Choir

The Princeton Playhouse Choir is a new ensemble housed jointly with the Lewis Center’s Programs in Theater and Music Theater and the Music Department, focusing on repertoire beginning in a broad range of theatrical traditions and expanding into a realm of experimental and innovative music-making. The core of the group’s repertoire is music connected to theater and reimagined for creative ensemble configurations through new arrangements and interdisciplinary collaborations. Playhouse incorporates large and small ensemble singing, a cappella and accompanied singing, vocal solos, dance, spoken word, new music commissions, and collaborative projects with artists across departments to facilitate a vibrant and inclusive rehearsal environment. The Playhouse Choir is directed by Solon Snider Sway. Find out more information about choirs at Princeton »

The Playhouse Choir meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in McAlpin Hall at the basement level of the Woolworth Music Building.

Princeton Playhouse Orchestra

The Princeton Playhouse Orchestra is a new instrumental chamber ensemble specializing in the performance of new music commissions, music theater repertoire, popular song, and film music. The group rehearses once a week, sometimes with the Playhouse Choir, and sometimes on its own. To receive more information on participation in the Playhouse Orchestra, email Solon Snider Sway at

The Playhouse Orchestra meets on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in McAlpin Hall at the basement level of the Woolworth Music Building.

Playhouse Ensembles Featured Performances

  • Fall 2021 — Princeton Playhouse Choir performed selections from the world premiere of Georgia Stitt’s new oratorio, The Circling Universe, through collaboration with the Princeton Atelier
  • Spring 2022 — The spring concert on April 30 explored songs from both commonly performed and under appreciated musical theater repertoire. View the spring concert program

Playhouse Ensembles Sample Repertoire

  • “Opening Up” from Waitress (Sara Bareilles)
  • “Beautiful City” from Godspell (Stephen Schwartz)
  • “Soon as I Get Home” from The Wiz (Charlie Smalls)
  • “Fine and Dandy” from Fine and Dandy (Kay Swift and Paul James)
  • “Love Will Find a Way” from Shuffle Along (Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle)
  • “They Say It’s Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin)
  • “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George (Stephen Sondheim)
  • Selections from “The Circling Universe,” a new oratorio by Georgia Stitt

How to Participate

The Princeton Playhouse Ensembles serve students with a broad range of musical backgrounds and interests and offer the opportunity for a wide range of student leadership experiences. Members of the Playhouse Choir rehearse twice a week and are eligible for subsidized voice lessons through the Music Department. Members of the Playhouse Orchestra rehearse once a week. If you’re interested in joining either ensemble or just want to learn more, please email Solon Snider Sway at at

Student Leaders

Halle Mitchell
Student Conductor
Class of 2023



Aaron Ventresca
Student Choreographer
Class of 2024



Princeton Playhouse Ensembles 2021-22