Worship & Music - Princeton Theological Seminary

Worship & Music


Worship is central to the life of the Seminary. When classes are in session, daily services are held in Seminary Chapel at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Sunday services are not held on the Seminary campus, as students are encouraged to connect to the ministry and worship life of local congregations.

Students also organize weekly prayer services on campus and in the student apartments. Special services are held throughout the year and are sponsored by both the chapel and student organizations.

Concerts, lectures, and special services are held throughout the year.

Music Opportunities

Music Leadership

  • Martin Tel, C.F. Seabrook Director of Music
  • Michael Gittens, Choral Assistant

Seminary Choirs

All students, faculty, staff, and spouses, are invited and encouraged to join the choral program.

This is the core choral ensemble at the seminary. The Chapel Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings. The length of rehearsal varies from one and a half to two hours. The choir will focus on the function and creative use of the hymnal, the Psalter (metrical and responsorial), global music, and service music. Chapel Choir may be taken for academic credit as listed in the catalog under WR1100 (one credit per semester for a maximum of two credits).

An auditioned ensemble (up to 20 members) drawn from the Chapel Choir that prepares more complex literature in preparation for concerts and events and also provides additional musical leadership in chapel worship. This group rehearses for an additional hour each week.

The Princeton Seminary Touring Choir is an auditioned choir that travels off campus to sing for church worship services and other gatherings. Membership for the Touring Choir is drawn from the Chapel Choir and is based on auditions. More information available during auditions.

Other Emsembles

In addition to the ensembles directed by Martin Tel, students regularly initiate and conduct their own ensembles. In the past we have had ensembles devoted to dance, gospel music, Praise & Worship music, handbells, and other instruments. The chapel office supports the work of these groups and regularly engages their leadership in our daily worship service.

The Handbell Choir is comprised of members of both the Princeton Seminary and Princeton University communities. Rehearsals take place weekly in Seminary Chapel.

If you are interested in any of the above groups, or would like to offer leadership for another ensemble, contact the Chapel Office.

Music in Worship

If you dance or play a musical instrument and would like to participate in worship, contact the Chapel Office.

Seminary Chapel owns pew copies of the following hymnals:

  • Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Westminster/John Knox Press)
  • Psalms for All Seasons (Faith Alive Christian Resources)
  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: An African American Ecumenical Hymnal (GIA Publications, Inc.)
  • Santo, Santo, Santo: Cantos para el pueblo de Dios / Holy, Holy, Holy: Songs for the People of God (GIA Publications, Inc.).

We also have braille copies of Sing! A New Creation and The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) which can be used upon request.

If you are planning a worship service (either in Seminary Chapel or elsewhere on campus) and would like to use music that is not published in one of the hymnals available in Seminary Chapel, please be aware that copyright permission is needed to reproduce the music or lyrics in a bulletin or song sheet. The Chapel owns copyright licenses from CCLI.com and OneLicense.net. Visit these sites to see if your song falls within one of our licenses. If not, permission must be granted from the publisher, and we are willing to assist in seeking the necessary permissions for your service.