July 10, 2019

TYO Director Lou Chen is profiled in Princeton Alumni Weekly

In a Princeton Alumni Weekly article published today, entitled, "Music Man: Chen ’19 Creates — and Conducts — an Orchestra for Trenton-Area Youth," TYO Director Lou Chen discusses his work with TYO and a recent violin donation made to inaugural concertmaster Melki Garcia-Perez.

Click here to read more about Lou in PAW.

April 27, 2019

Dudamel residency brings new support to TYO

An excerpt from the Dudamel residency's commemorative program:

The impact of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel's residency will extend well beyond our 125th Anniversary Season. We look forward to our next 125 years, in which we will reinforce the maestro's commitment to musical access by continuing our relationship with the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation and the Trenton community.

To support these activities a portion of every full-price ticket to the concert on April 26, 2019 will be used to establish a new program that will both invite Trenton students to experience our concerts on Princeton's campus and will send Princeton University Concerts guest artists to visit students across Trenton. It will also support the Trenton Youth Orchestra--a string ensemble composed of Trenton students who receive free music coaching and private instruction by accomplished Princeton University student musicians. 


Click here to read more about the legacy of the Dudamel residency on page 25.

April 3, 2019

TYO Director Lou Chen is profiled in Town Topics

In a Town Topics article published today, entitled, "PU Senior Shares Musical Knowledge With Trenton High School Students," TYO Director Lou Chen discusses his journey with the orchestra.

Click here to read more about Lou in Town Topics.

March 25, 2019

TYO is featured in Princeton University article on the Dudamel residency

An excerpt from the article, describing a private campus tour for Maestro Dudamel and his wife, led by TYO Director Lou Chen:

The tiny entourage walks to the next stop, Mathey College Common Room. Chen picks up a baton and leads the Trenton Youth Orchestra — who have been waiting at the ready, instruments in hand — in a suite from the Harry Potter movies. (Three years ago, Chen, a music major, founded TYO, an ensemble of high-school-aged musicians who practice weekly on campus with Princeton student coaches. Chen earned the A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award, given annually by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, for his work with TYO.)

A meaningful moment for senior Mary Kim, a TYO coach, happened when the mini-concert ended. “[Maestro Dudamel] asked one of the girls if he could hold her violin. Gently turning it over in his hands, he told the kids how his very first violin ‘looked just like this one.’ It was a touching reminder that everyone starts from somewhere, and every child has seeds of talent and passion that need to be cultivated with a lot of love and attention,” she said.

Click here to read more about the Dudamel residency.

February 28, 2019

TYO member Melki Garcia-Perez is profiled in the Trenton Downtowner

Two years ago, when Melki Garcia-Perez was a senior at Trenton Central High School, he became TYO's inagurual concertmaster. Now, he's a sophomore at Mercer Community College and a proud TYO member emeritus. In a Trenton Downtowner article published today, entitled, "Music Lesson and a Lesson in Music in Trenton," Melki shares his musical journey--from the Looney Tunes cartoons that cultivated his love for classical music, to his dream of someday playing in a professional orchestra.

Click here to read more about Melki in the Trenton Downtowner.

January 9, 2018

TYO Director Lou Chen participates in "El Sistema" panel discussion

with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and Anne Fitzgibbon *98

Earlier today, TYO Director Lou Chen participated in a panel discussion about El Sistema, a publicly financed music education program for underserved children founded in Venezuela in 1975, which has now grown to provide music access to young students around the world. Joining him on the panel were Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and Anne Fitzgibbon, the founder and executive director of the El Sistema-inspired Harmony Program in New York. "Imagine if every musician in this room gave one free private lesson a week," said Lou. "To us, that might be one hour we would otherwise spend doing homework, sleeping in, or relaxing. But for your student, that one hour is their gateway into music."

Click here to read Broadway Street Review's coverage of the event.

From right to left: Lou Chen, Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Anne Fitzgibbon, Professor Stanley Katz

December 11, 2018

TYO performs for Maestro Gustavo Dudamel

Last Sunday, the Trenton Youth Orchestra gave a special performance of music from Harry Potter for Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. In addition to serving as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Dudamel is the Artist-in-Residence for Princeton University Concerts' 2018-19 season. "That was beautiful," said Maestro Dudamel of the performance. "I could imagine the owls flying from the ceiling!"

Check out Maestro Dudamel's post about us! 

...and some photos of TYO and the maestro!


December 2, 2018

TYO is featured in the Daily Princetonian

Last Friday, TYO student volunteers helped organize "Tigers in Trenton!"--Princeton University's first-ever music outreach concert for Trenton Central High School students. The program included performances from the Princeton University Bhangra, Princeton Chamber Music Society (featuring TYO coach Mary Kim '19) and the Princeton Pianists Ensemble (featuring TYO outreach coordinator Alex Chien '20). 

Click here to read the Daily Princetonian's coverage of the event.

November 26, 2018

TYO Director Lou Chen receives Fisher Award

TYO Director Lou Chen has been awarded the A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award for his work with the Trenton Youth Orchestra. The prize, administered by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, is given annually to a graduating senior who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit, zest for life, love of people, and loyalty to Princeton through their work in the realm of civic engagement.

Click here to read more. 

June 1, 2017

TYO Director Lou Chen '19 receives Santos-Dumont Prize

TYO Director Lou Chen '19 has been awarded the Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation for his work with the Trenton Youth Orchestra. This prize is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate students and recognizes a unique and creative program, event, initiative, or project from the past academic year which has had wide-reaching impact and visibility.

Check out ODUS' Facebook announcement!