News & Stories

2024 Class Day remarks by key note speaker, Molly Bolten ’14

Jun 10, 2024

By Molly Bolten ’14 Good afternoon Princeton Music graduates! Please excuse my hoarse voice—I’ve been shouting over very loud music for the last three days. As Professor Snyder told you, …

Anna Yu Wang Named 2024 Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellow in China Studies

May 24, 2024

The Music Department at Princeton is proud to announce that Anna Yu Wang has been awarded a 2024 Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowship in China Studies.

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.

Cultivating Aluminum Flowers: Inside Steven Mackey’s Latest Electric Guitar Concerto 

May 6, 2024

Steven Mackey’s Aluminum Flowers, a concerto for solo electric guitar and orchestra, made its world premiere on March 9, 2024 at the Kimmel Center. This concert featured jaw-dropping virtuosity of polymath guitarist JIJI.

One Year In, Here’s What Music Faculty Nathalie Joachim & Tyondai Braxton Are Up To

Apr 22, 2024

Over a year has swiftly passed since Nathalie Joachim and Tyondai Braxton joined the faculty of the Department of Music in Fall 2022. We were eager to catch up and share how these two dynamic musicians have been shaping the academic and creative landscape both within and beyond the classroom.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ’15 Returns to Princeton for Groundbreaking Performance in Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius”

Apr 15, 2024

Interview by Chloe Yutong Yang ’26 On April 19-20, 2024, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ’15 will make a triumphant return to his alma mater, Princeton University, for a historic performance …

Brittany Haas (‘09), Princeton’s Fiddler

Mar 15, 2024

Brittany Haas’s ’09 journey at Princeton took many diverse pathways. An Evolutionary Biology Major with a Music Performance Certificate, she navigated student life focusing on primatology, while simultaneously delving into an array of musical genres and cultures. Learn more in our interview with Brittany!

Thinking Through Musical Sound with Music Faculty Anna Yu Wang

Mar 4, 2024

Music Faculty Anna Yu Wang shares insights into her fall-semester course “Thinking Through Musical Sound” and reflects on how it broadened students’ (and her own) perspectives on music and world-making.

What Actually Happens At An Academic Music Conference?

Feb 1, 2024

Every November, thousands of music theorists and musicologists descend upon the vast ballrooms of America’s metropolitan convention hotels for their annual academic society meeting. This past November, the American Musicological Society (AMS), which celebrates its ninetieth annual meeting in 2024, and Society for Music Theory (SMT) held their joint conference in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado.

It takes a village: Projects for Peace winner Carlos Cortez ’24 and the people of Zináparo bring music and soccer to their youth

Jan 23, 2024

It takes a village: Projects for Peace winner Carlos Cortez ’24 and the people of Zináparo bring music and soccer to their youth

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

Announcing the 2023-2024 Concerto Competition Winners

Jan 11, 2024

The Princeton University Orchestra’s 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 student musicians, conducted by Maestro Michael Pratt.

Princeton University Chamber Choir and Alumni Perform at National Collegiate Choral Organization Biennial

Dec 12, 2023

The Princeton University Chamber Choir, joined by twenty-five alumni, recently made their mark at the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) biennial conference.

How 3 Princeton Students Spend a Monday at the Royal College of Music

Dec 7, 2023

Dorothy Junginger ’25, Kyle Tsai ’25, and Audrey Yang ’25 are currently participating in Princeton’s immersive abroad program this semester at the Royal College of Music in London.

Faculty Appointments: Anna Yu Wang, Arnie Tanimoto, Brennan Sweet, Yousun Chun & Julius Tolentino

Nov 3, 2023

The Department of Music at Princeton University is thrilled to welcome to the faculty five renowned music practitioners: music theorist and ethnographer Anna Yu Wang, viola da gamba and Baroque cello specialist Arnie Tanimoto, violinist Brennan Sweet, oboist Yousun Chung, and saxophonist Julius Tolentino.

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.

Get to Know the Music Mentoring Program

Sep 13, 2023

Learn about the Music Mentoring Program and join their welcome event on September 14 from 5:30PM-7:30PM in the Woolworth lobby

Rhythms, Riddles, and Robots

Sep 2, 2023

Learn about Sō Percussion’s concert on September 8th in Richardson auditorium, which inaugurates their tenth year as the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence.

New & Now: Introducing the Music Minor

Aug 17, 2023

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the establishment of two Music Minors: a general Minor in Music and a Minor in Music Performance. Together, these new offerings will contribute to the Music Department’s continued mission of offering a comprehensive array of musical study opportunities to students from all departments at Princeton. 

Elizabeth Margulis’ “Music and the Narrative Imagination” Project Awarded Funds from University

Aug 12, 2023

The Department of Music is proud to congratulate musicology faculty member and Director of Graduate Studies Elizabeth Margulis, whose forthcoming collaboration with Princeton Neuroscience Institute’s Uri Hasson, Music and the Narrative Imagination, has been awarded funding by the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for Collaborations between Artists and Scientists or Engineers.

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!

Princeton University’s Music Department premieres the Timbuktu Grooves Festival this Fall 2023

Jul 11, 2023

Princeton University’s Music Department presents the Timbuktu Grooves Festival from September 29 – October 1 led by Olivier Tarpaga, Lester Horton Award-winning choreographer and director of the African Music Ensembles at Princeton since 2017.

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.

Graduate Student Marcel Camprubi Awarded Top Prize from the American Musicological Society

Jun 13, 2023

The Princeton University Department of Music is proud to congratulate graduate student Marcel Camprubi, who has been awarded the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation “Al-Fārābī’s Lines of Thought: Notations and Histories of Music Theory from Abbāsid Baghdad (762–1055).”