THE EXPRESS THE MUSIC CONTEST
Sponsored by the Neighborhood Music Project, a collaboration between Princeton University Concerts and Trenton Arts at Princeton
In celebration of Arts in Our Schools Month, the Neighborhood Music Project is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Express the Music Contest—a contest designed to capture the impact of music and the arts, as perceived by Trenton Central High School and 9th Grade Academy students. This year’s contest, limited to writing entries only, asks participants to respond to the prompt: “What have the arts meant to you during the pandemic?” Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges from across the Princeton University campus. Preference will be given to submissions that incorporate a specific artistic work as a point of reference. For example, participants can refer to their favorite work(s) of creative writing, dance, film, music, theater, or visual art.
The First Prize winner will be awarded an iPad, Apple Pencil, and Smart Cover ($500 value). Honorable Mention winners will be awarded Jabra Elite 45h headphones ($100 value).
Submissions are due by Monday, April 19, 2021. The winning entry(ies) will be announced and publicly distributed on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Princeton University Concerts and Trenton Arts at Princeton may incorporate the winning entry(ies) into future print and online materials.
Maestro Dudamel’s Legacy: About the Neighborhood Music Project
For its historic 125th anniversary during the 2018-19 season, Princeton University Concerts brought conductor Gustavo Dudamel to campus as its first Artist-in-Residence for a year-long residency designed to propel classical music forward in a vibrant and socially relevant manner. Celebrated by the campus and broader community, this residency inspired a new outreach program, the Neighborhood Music Project, conceived to reinforce Maestro Dudamel’s commitment to music as a force for uniting communities, empowering young people, and promoting positive social change. The Neighborhood Music Project is a collaboration between Princeton University Concerts and Trenton Arts at Princeton.
To see the winning submissions, click here.
First Prize Winner
Gisela Bramonte, 10th grade - Mounsanti, inspired by a Performances Up Close program with pianist Gabriela Montero
Perla Diaz, 9th grade - Beautiful Melody, inspired by an all-Ives program performed by violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk
Raymaellene Gomez, 10th grade - What Music Means to Me, inspired by a Performances Up Close program with pianist Gabriela Montero
McKhia Owen, 10th grade - Untitled, inspired by a Performances Up Close program with pianist Gabriela Montero
Collin Thompson, 12th grade - Let Music Set You Free, pen on paper, inspired by a Performances Up Close program with pianist Gabriela Montero