Announcing the 2021 Express the Music Contest Winners
June 17, 2021
Written by Lou Chen, TAP Program Manager
“What have the arts meant to you during the COVID-19 pandemic?”

Trenton Central High School students reflected on this question for the Neighborhood Music Project’s second annual Express the Music Contest. Participants were encouraged to use a specific artistic work as a point of reference.

Two students were named…

"Music Without Genres": Saxophonist Jess Gillam Visits Trenton Central High School
May 26, 2021
Written by Danielle Ranucci '23, TAP Online Correspondent

On Tuesday, May 11, Trenton Central High School (TCHS) Orchestra students had the opportunity to meet 23-year-old superstar saxophonist Jess Gillam over Zoom. The event was sponsored by the Neighborhood Music Project and moderated by Lou Chen, program…

Meditation and Conversation: Clarinetist Anthony McGill Visits Trenton Central High School
March 29, 2021
Written by Danielle Ranucci '23, TAP Online Correspondent

On Friday, March 12, Trenton Central High School (TCHS) Orchestra students had the opportunity to meet Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, over Zoom as part of the Neighborhood Music Project.

Watch: New Year, New World
Feb. 5, 2021

Celebrate the new year with the Trenton Youth Orchestra in their virtual concert featuring Dvořák's New World Symphony, original student compositions, and more! WATCH NOW>

Trenton Youth Orchestra to Perform “New Year, New World” Zoom Concert
Feb. 3, 2021
Written by Anne Levin, Town Topics

Since forming the Trenton Youth Orchestra (TYO) during his sophomore year at Princeton University, Lou Chen has transformed what began as a Saturday morning program pairing six students from Trenton Central High School with music students from the University, into an ensemble of about 20 that now studies and rehearses on Zoom.


Community Engagement During Month of Service
Jan. 28, 2021
Written by Oyin Sangoyomi ’23, Pace Center Student Correspondent

The Month of Service, hosted by the John H. Pace, Jr. ‘39 Center for Civic Engagement, aims to recognize the importance of civic engagement and the different ways that it takes place within the Princeton community. This year, Month of Service occurred virtually over the month of January, and this event featured remote…

A New Generation of Musicians: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason Visit Trenton Central High School
Dec. 22, 2020
Written by Cammie Lee '22, TAP Student Correspondent

On Monday, November 16, Trenton Central High School (TCHS) Orchestra students had the opportunity to speak with cellist Sheku and pianist Isata of the illustrious Kanneh-Mason family in a Zoom event hosted by the

Songs of Solitude Turned Joyful: TYO Summer Camp Reflections
Oct. 1, 2020
Written by Cammie Lee '22, TAP Summer Correspondent

In the midst of an unprecedented summer, TAP hosted their very first summer camp for members of the Trenton Youth Orchestra (TYO), held entirely over Zoom. The camp spanned from July 11 to August 22, culminating in a summer camp celebration which featured solo and duet performances by several students, a collaborative digital performance of “

Introducing the 2020/21 Trenton Arts Fellows
Sept. 9, 2020
Written by Danielle Ranucci, TAP Online Correspondent

Trenton Arts at Princeton is pleased to introduce Jack Shigeta, Mariana Corichi Gómez, Sophie Blue, Faith Iloka and Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara as the 2020/21 Trenton Arts Fellows.

Each Trenton Arts Fellow will serve as Student Leader for one of the four Saturday…

‘Trust, inclusion, imagination’: Trenton Arts at Princeton connects and inspires
Sept. 9, 2020
Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

On June 10, 2019, six days after he graduated from Princeton, Lou Chen had a big decision to make.

Feed his passion for politics and take a job in New York at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University? Or feed his passion for music and service in a newly created position at Princeton that would build on the work he’d…