Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced musician, you'll find your rhythm in Peddie's music program.
Classes cover diverse fields of music at various levels of expertise, as well as musical theory and history. If you want to continue your studies outside of the classroom, you can take private lessons, accompany our theatrical performers as part of the Pit Orchestra and perform at school and community events.
You'll have the opportunity to participate in three choral groups, as well as seven instrumental ensembles that span everything from rock to classical to jazz to exclusively percussive instruments (including trash cans). Musical professionals often visit campus to provide higher-level discussion about their craft.
String, wind, percussion and keyboard
Wind, percussion and keyboard
Performs standard orchestral repertoire
Standard jazz, contemporary jazz and popular music (by audition)
Challenging standard orchestral repertoire (by audition)
Guitar, bass and drum ensemble that performs classic and contemporary rock 'n roll and popular music
Anything you can shake, scrape or strike
Fall Music Concert
New Falcon music Chapel
WINTER Music Concert
SPRING Music Concert
Students, faculty and staff, alumni and their families are welcomed to Ayer Memorial Chapel to attend this age-old Peddie Tradition. Vespers marks the start of winter break and carves out a moment of peace for the community during a hectic time of year. It is an evening of readings, songs and performances both festive and reverent that culminates with a visit from Santa Claus and a community rendition of Handel's Messiah.
One of Peddie's oldest traditions, the Declamation Contest is an adjudicated competition featuring four-minute performances from a variety of genres including theater and film.
Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Wedge Collection, Toronto; and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.
An evening of sweet entertainment in the Swig Arts Building Choral Room.
M.M., Mannes College of Music
M.M., Yale University
M.M., Westminster Choir College
It's what they do
Our music faculty are working artists; when they are not in the classroom, they are seeking out opportunities to perform and develop their crafts. Here's where our music faculty were this summer:
Michaels was on the move this summer, with adventures in China with Peddie's Asian Studies program, in Chicago and closer to home at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts.
Finding ways to branch out and utilize her many talents in the local music scene, Green served a multiple roles in a variety of performances throughout New Jersey.
Krieger serves as section leader with the choirs of Trinity Church in Princeton, which led him to tour England and Germany this summer.