‘Making music with Princeton Pro Musica has surpassed my wildest dreams. Now, the time seems right to pursue my other interests: contra dance, English country dance, hiking, travel, and other music-making,” says Frances Flower Slade, founder and music director of Priceton Pro Musica, in a formal statement announcing that she will “pass the baton” at the end of the 2011-’12 season.

Slade founded Princeton Pro Musica in 1979, first as a joint proram of the Princeton YWCA and YMCA, and then as an independent nonprofit organization in 1980. She has conducted the ensemble in most of the major choral works with orchestra, ranging from the Bach B minor Mass to the Britten War Requiem. She has also conducted choral and orchestral works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, and Barber.

The Princeton Pro Musica board has appointed a search committee composed of members of the chorus and board as well as professional musicians and community representatives to begin a national search for Slade’s successor. Information for candidates is available at www.princetonpromusica.org.

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