About Us

Who We Are, What We Do

The Princeton Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization based in Princeton, NJ. Since 2005, our annual season has offered a multi-genre festival of the performing arts, including fully-staged operas, musical theater, jazz, chamber music, symphonic concerts, piano, organ and vocal recitals, dance, world music, and a piano competition.

We feature nationally-renowned professional artists as well as partnering with other New Jersey performing arts organizations. Our presentations have received critical praise in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Opera News, Opera Magazine, and New Jersey press. We are especially proud to have been awarded the coveted Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2013.

We also offer a free public lecture series prior to each season and engage students and adults alike through our intergenerational educational programs.


The mission of The Princeton Festival is to enrich the communities we serve through a world-class performing arts summer festival. We create distinctive and diverse programs that excite, inform, inspire, and invite discovery and engagement.


We envision becoming a widely recognized destination festival for the performing arts, attracting a growing audience through the excellence of our distinctive and diverse programming.

Board of Trustees

The Princeton Festival is fortunate to have a distinguished panel of trustees who donate their time to ensure that the Festival remains a healthy, growing, vital organization. We are also proud of the outstanding group of artists who serve as advisors on our programs.

Benedikt von Schroder, Chair
Debbie Herman, Vice Chair
Thomas V. Lento, Vice Chair
Jane DeLung, Treasurer
Marcia Atcheson, Secretary

Marcia Bossart
Pamela Bristol
David Brown
Gail Kohn
Anastasia Marty
Costa Papastephanou
Leila Shahbender
Rita Shklar
Diane Uniman


Helene Kulsrud
Markell Shriver
Gabriel Stelian
Richard Tang Yuk

Advisory Council

Sylvia McNair
Grammy®-winning vocal artist

Nigel Redden
General Director, Spoleto Festival USA
Director, The Lincoln Center Festival

Mark Steinberg
Violinist, Brentano String Quartet

Carol Vaness
Internationally renowned soprano
Voice faculty, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University