“During my first Glee tour, the Nassoons in the choir met up a few hours before that night’s concert to head to the venue – a church – early. There, we sang Franz Biebl’s setting of “Ave Maria” once to ourselves, with no audience but the priest who let us in and continued about his business in the background. That moment is still special to me because it encapsulates a lot of what I’ve cherished most about my time at Princeton – making music with other singers just for the joy of making music together.”
TJ Li, from Long Island, NY, has sung his way through campus as part of the Glee Club, Chamber Choir, and Nassoons—all while thinking about how policy and institutions react to promote innovation in climate change-related technologies as part of his concentration in Politics. He credits his voice coach, David Kellett, for helping him find his “classical voice” for the first time, and Glee Club director Gabriel Crouch for teaching him almost everything he knows about singing in a choir.
Most listened-to track: Pavarotti’s recording of “Una Furtiva Lagrima” from L’Elisir d’Amore