Lou Chen Program Manager for Trenton Arts at Princeton; Director of the Trenton Youth Orchestra

“You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world? It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be.”


Originally from San Bernardino, California, Lou Chen serves as the program manager for Trenton Arts at Princeton (TAP) and the director of the Trenton Youth Orchestra (TYO). He graduated from Princeton University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and certificates in orchestral conducting and American studies. Having founded TYO as a sophomore, after graduation Lou was hired by the University to develop a larger arts engagement initiative, now known as TAP. He is a passionate advocate for accessible arts education and place-based community engagement.

Trenton Arts at Princeton (TAP) is a collaboration between the Department of Music, Lewis Center for the Arts, and Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Our mission is to build a community of young artists across Trenton and Princeton University through student leadership and volunteer opportunities, youth programming, community performances, and more. 

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