Lou Chen

Program Manager, Trenton Arts at Princeton
(609) 258-9440
Email Address: 
Office Location: 
Woolworth 202


Trenton Arts at Princeton (TAP) is the University's coordinator of co-curricular arts outreach activities in the Greater Trenton area. As TAP Program Manager, I have three primary responsibilities: 1) running our Saturday Morning Arts program, through which Trenton students and Princeton student volunteers can participate in Trenton Youth Orchestra, Singers, Dancers, or Theater; 2) developing Collaborative Projects with our campus partners, who range from Princeton University Concerts to ODUS; and 3) advising the Trenton Arts Fellows, a group of Princeton students who serve as Student Leaders for the Saturday Morning Arts groups and gather weekly to discuss issues relating to the arts, equity, and education. I care deeply about making the arts an accessible and integral part of every child's education, and believe that institutions like Princeton are key to making that happen. 


I graduated from Princeton with highest honors in 2019 (A.B. in Music with Certificates in Conducting Performance and American Studies). I received the Pace Center's A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award, as well as the Louis A. Sudler Prize in the Arts, the Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation, and the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. While a student, I conducted several different ensembles, including the Princeton University Sinfonia, Orchestra, and pit orchestras for the Princeton University Players. I also maintain a strong interest in politics, having interned in both local and national government. For my senior thesis, I explored the sociopolitical over/undertones of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. My most formative experience, however, was founding the Trenton Youth Orchestra with the support of the Pace Center (which I continue to direct), so I'm very happy to be working here!

Areas of Expertise

  • Education and the arts
  • Community engagement
  • Student leadership
  • Program development
  • Advising

Office Hours

Email me for an appointment. I'm also a Staff Fellow at Rocky College (my old res college), so I'm always down to grab a meal!