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Concerto Competition

Nov 29, 2022

The Princeton University Orchestra‘s annual concerto competition, offers all currently-enrolled Princeton University students a chance to perform as a soloist with the ensemble—an internationally-recognized orchestra of over 100 undergraduate and graduate …

Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa (‘14) Is Booked, Blessed, and Back at Princeton

Nov 30, 2022

Tanyaradzwa is like so many Princetonians – ambitious, fiercely intelligent, a true multi-hyphenate. Yet it is her way of walking in abundance that is perhaps her most striking and admirable quality.

5 Concerts & Recording Releases the Princeton Composition Faculty are Excited About

Nov 30, 2022

We caught up with Donnacha Dennehy and asked him which five concerts and recording releases he’s excited for this fall.

What Does a Princeton Musicology Faculty Member Have On Their Desk?

Nov 23, 2022

What’s on a musicologist’s desk? Wendy Heller, a leading scholar in the field of Baroque music with expertise in the study of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century opera from interdisciplinary perspectives, invited us in for a peek into the method behind the musicology.

What’s Your Earliest Musical Memory? With The Princeton University Glee Club

Nov 18, 2022

On a recent brisk Monday afternoon, we paid the Princeton University Glee Club a visit to chat music, memory, and the early moments that make the music-lover.

DANCEUSA.ORG: Olivier Tarpaga Awarded Dance/USA Artist Fellowship

Nov 17, 2022

Director of African Music Ensembles Olivier Tarpaga is one of 30 artists across the United States to be selected as a 2022 Dance/USA Artist Fellow.

How Aaron Ventresca (’24) Spends a Thursday on Campus

Nov 14, 2022

We caught up with Aaron Ventresca (’24) to learn how Ventresca spends a Thursday on campus.

How Toussaint Santicola Jones (’25) Spends a Saturday on Campus

Nov 10, 2022

We caught up with Toussaint Santicola Jones (’25) to learn how Toussaint spends a Saturday on campus.

What Does a Princeton Musicology Faculty Member Have on their Desk?

Nov 8, 2022

What’s on a musicologist’s desk? Simon Morrison, a cultural historian with expertise in Russia, the Soviet Union, modernism, and ballet who’s been with the Music Department since the 1990s, invited us in for a peek into the method behind the musicology.

What’s On in the Music Department this Spring?

Nov 7, 2022

Spring 22-23 offers a rich breadth of coursework for the experienced musician and the music-curious alike.

5 Concerts & Recording Releases the Princeton Composition Faculty are Excited About

Nov 1, 2022

We caught up with Dan Trueman – fiddler, collaborator, teacher, developer of new instruments, and composer of music for ensembles of all shapes and sizes – and asked him which five concerts and recording releases he’s excited for this fall.

Department Launches New Music Mentoring Program

Oct 26, 2022

The Department of Music at Princeton University is excited to announce the launch of the Music Mentoring Program, a brand new, student-led near-peer mentoring initiative.

Faculty Appointments: Tyondai Braxton & Nathalie Joachim

Jul 8, 2022

The Department of Music at Princeton University is thrilled to announce the addition of Grammy-nominated flutist, composer, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim and American composer and musician Tyondai Braxton to the faculty.

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.”