Category: Spotlights

What Six Senior Music Majors’ Say About Their Theses

May 16, 2024

As we near the final weeks of spring semester and anticipated graduation for the Class of 2024, the Music Department asked six Senior Music Majors to expand on their creative thesis, as well as share words of encouragement to future students.

Student Perspectives: The Musical Odyssey of Princeton’s Adrian Thananopavarn

Jan 18, 2024

Adrian P. Thananopavarn ’24, Math major with certificates in Computer Science and Music Composition, premieres “March of Dusk” with Princeton University Sinfonia

Music Major Kasey Shao Named 2024 Gilmore Young Artist

Sep 18, 2023

The Department of Music congratulates Kasey Shao (Class of 2025), a Music Major who is pursuing Minors in Piano Performance and Engineering Biology, who was one of two students named 2024 Gilmore Young Artists. We caught up with Kasey this summer following the official announcement to discuss how she found out she’d been selected, what she has planned for her 2024 Gilmore recitals and piano commission, and what’s on the docket for her final two years at Princeton.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Senior Class Day Award Winners

Aug 4, 2023

Last May, the Department of Music is proud to announce the recipients of the Class of 2023 Senior Class Day awards. Join us in applauding these young musicians on their outstanding accomplishments!

Meet the New Alumni Class of 2023 Music Majors

Jul 5, 2023

The Department of Music applauds the remarkable Music Majors that graduated from our department this spring.

Nancy Agosto: A Princeton-Trenton Story

Mar 20, 2023

Agosto is the Program Coordinator for Trenton Arts at Princeton, or TAP, a collaboration between the Department of Music, Lewis Center for the Arts, and Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

How Lola Constantino (’23) Spends a Wednesday on Campus

Mar 15, 2023

We caught up with Lola Constantino (’23) to learn how Constantino spends a Wednesday on campus.

How Shruti Venkat (’23) Spends a Monday on Campus

Feb 24, 2023

Meet Shruti Venkat (’23) Music certificate student and Princeton Glee Club Student Conductor and Manager.

Meet the STEM Majors of Sinfonia

Jan 31, 2023

Twice a week in the Lee Music Performance & Rehearsal Room, the Princeton University Sinfonia gathers to rehearse. Led by director Ruth Ochs, the orchestra is made up of students from all class years, many STEM majors coming from across the University’s myriad of technical disciplines, to enjoy a few hours a week of music and community.

Senior Spotlight: Gideon McFarland ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“I have loved working with African Music Ensemble Director Olivier Tarpaga for my last year here at Princeton. Olivier’s love for music is contagious and I always find myself enjoying the music I get to cook with him. I’m going to miss working with him when I graduate!”

Senior Spotlight: Andrew Kaneb ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“My favorite spot on campus are the Effron Music Building and the Lewis Arts complex in general — so many practice rooms, and so many positive memories of shows I’ve seen there.”Pull-out quote: “My favorite spot on campus are the Effron Music Building and the Lewis Arts complex in general — so many practice rooms, and so many positive memories of shows I’ve seen there.”

Senior Spotlight: Vinny Pagano ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Vinny Pagano, a percussionist from Long Beach, NY, wrote his senior thesis in Mathematics on the unfamiliar territory of the Erdos-Hajnal Conjecture while pursuing Certificates in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Jazz Studies.

Senior Spotlight: Diego Zamalloa-Chion ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Diego Zamalloa-Chion, from Berkeley, CA, is a jazz violinist pursuing Certificates in Jazz Studies, Jazz Violin Performance, and Neuroscience while concentrating in Computer Science.

Senior Spotlight: Aaron Skepasts ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Aaron Skepasts, an electric bass player from Surrey, British Columbia, concentrated in the Computer Science Department while pursuing a Certificate in Jazz Studies. A member of Jazz Ensemble X and …

Senior Spotlight: Allie Mangel ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“I will most miss the communities that I’ve found and forged in Princeton’s music groups. I’m still very close with the friends I made during the PUO tour my freshman year, and after coming back to music ensembles post-lockdown, I’ve made new friends with whom I’ve grown equally close. There are incredible musicians and human beings on this campus, and I feel lucky to have met and performed with so many of them.”

Senior Spotlight: Johanna Linna ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Johanna Linna, from Glendale, CA, took inspiration from Princeton University Concerts’ Live Music Meditation series for her senior thesis in the Neuroscience Department, using pupillometry to investigate the effect of meditation on musical listening.

Senior Spotlight: Henry Wang ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Henry Wang, a Rachmaninoff-fan and melanoma-survivor from Rochester, MN, concentrated in the Computer Science Department while pursuing a Certificate in Piano Performance.

Senior Spotlight: Phillip Taylor ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“Music is just as important to me as my Computer Science major, and thus I intend to continue playing, performing, and composing music in my life beyond Princeton.”

Senior Spotlight: Elijah Shina ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“So many amazing musicians have invited me to play so much amazing music with them. I will miss getting to play with such talented, interesting, and diverse groups.”

Senior Spotlight: Montagu James ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“I’ve always wanted to incorporate music into my history research. My senior thesis and future work look at the relationship between politics and culture, particularly classical music and authoritarianism. Therefore, as I study history in graduate school I hope to continue writing about music.”

Senior Spotlight: Neerav Kumar ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Neerav Kumar, from Rye, NY, was a clarinetist for the Princeton University Orchestra as he studied “Optimizing AAV-Mediated Gene Delivery in the Brain” for his work in the Molecular Biology Department while pursuing Certificates in Music Performance and Neuroscience.

Senior Spotlight: Kevin Williams ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Kevin Williams, a singer from Macungie, PA, explored policy solutions for the mental health effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations in culmination of his concentration in the School of Public and International Affairs while pursuing Certificates in Vocal Performance and Cognitive Science.

Senior Spotlight: Marley Jacobson ’22

Jun 14, 2022

Marley Jacobson, from Huntington, NY, pursued Certificates in Vocal Performance and French Language and Culture while concentrating in the School of Public and International Affairs.

Senior Spotlight: Hannah Bein ’22

Jun 14, 2022

“After Princeton, I will miss the incredible community of musicians who made this campus a home for me.”