Trenton Arts at Princeton

Building a community of artists across Trenton and Princeton University.

Trenton Arts at Princeton (TAP) is the University’s coordinator of co-curricular arts engagement activities in Trenton, with a particular focus on the public schools. The program’s mission is to build a multi-disciplinary community of artists across Trenton and Princeton University through student leadership and volunteer opportunities, youth programming, community performances, and more. TAP is a collaboration between the Department of Music, Lewis Center for the Arts, and Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

Princeton student instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to volunteer for Trenton Youth Orchestra or Singers, two groups housed in our popular Saturday Morning Arts program. (The other two groups are Trenton Youth Dancers and Theater.)

Trenton Youth Orchestra (TYO) is an orchestra for Trenton high school students. During weekly rehearsals, TYO members work with their Princeton student coaches on repertoire ranging from film scores to classical music, pop songs to commissioned compositions. Members also receive free private lessons from Princeton student teachers. Rehearsals take place every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in the Lee Rehearsal Room. 

TYO has been fortunate enough to engage with some of the world’s leading musicians. In December 2019, the orchestra performed for Gustavo Dudamel during his welcome tour of Princeton University. And in April 2022, TYO opened for Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason’s Princeton University Concerts debut. 

Princeton students can volunteer for TYO as coaches and/or private teachers. Coaches are responsible for leading sectionals every other week and performing with the orchestra at concerts, and private teachers give weekly lessons to an assigned student. We generally have openings for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone.

If you are interested in becoming a TYO volunteer, please email TYO director Lou Chen at .


Trenton Youth Singers (TYS) is a choir for Trenton middle and high school students. During weekly rehearsals, TYS members engage in a mixture of full choir and small group singing with their Princeton student coaches, learning an eclectic mix of repertoire while building their musicianship skills, vocal strength, and confidence. Members also receive free private lessons from Princeton student teachers. Rehearsals take place every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in the Lewis Arts Complex Forum.

Princeton students can volunteer for TYS as coaches and/or private teachers. Coaches are responsible for leading weekly sectionals and performing with the choir at concerts, and private teachers give weekly lessons to an assigned student.

If you are interested in becoming a TYS volunteer, please email TYS director Solon Snider Sway at .