Lou Chen '19, Founder and Director

Lou is currently Program Manager for Arts Outreach at Princeton University, where he oversees Trenton Arts @ Princeton, a Saturday morning arts enrichment program for Trenton youth; Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project, their new educational outreach program; and the Trenton Arts Fellowship. He also continues to serve as Director of the Trenton Youth Orchestra, which he founded as a sophomore in college.  

Originally from San Bernardino, CA, Lou is a 2019 graduate of Princeton University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Music (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with Certificates in Conducting Performance and American Studies. While a student, he studied conducting with Dr. Ruth Ochs. A strong advocate for accessible music education, in January 2019 Lou was invited by Princeton University Concerts to participate in a panel discussion on El Sistema, Venezuela’s publicly-financed music education program, alongside Gustavo Dudamel and Anne Fitzgibbon of the Harmony Program. In recognition of his work developing Trenton Arts @ Princeton, Lou has received the Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation, A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award, and Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.