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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Executive & Artistic Director

Richard Tang Yuk, Executive and Artistic Director of The Princeton Festival, is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) and holds advanced degrees in conducting from the Mannes College of Music, New York, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

With over 35 years of experience in opera and choral music, Dr. Tang Yuk has overseen expansion of artistic programming at The Princeton Festival since its inception and is at the core of its creative planning and vision.

For The Princeton Festival he has conducted John Adams’ Nixon in China, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Handel’s Ariodante, and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Grimes, among several others. He also conducted Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for the Opera Festival of New Jersey; Handel’s Hercules for the American Handel Society; Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Die Zauberflöte, and Beethoven’s Fidelio for the Princeton University Opera Theatre; and Handel’s Messiah for the National Choral Council at Lincoln Center, New York. He will conduct Verdi’s La Traviata this season.

Oratorio credits include J.S. Bach’s Matthäus Passion, Johannes Passion, and B minor Mass; Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten and The Creation; Honegger’s Le Roi David; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Orff’s Carmina Burana; and the requiems of Duruflé, Brahms, Mozart, and Schütz.

In the realm of academia, Dr. Tang Yuk has served on the music faculties of Princeton University, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Westminster Choir College Conservatory.

He has appeared as conductor with several orchestras including The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Richardson Chamber Players, the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, The Princeton Festival Orchestra, and the Princeton University Orchestra.

He was Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Trinidad and resident Conductor for Trinidad Opera Company before coming to the United States. He is of Chinese descent and from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, returning often to adjudicate their national music festival.

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
Anastasia Marty
Costa Papastephanou
Rita Shklar
E. Elizabeth Sweetser
Richard Tang Yuk
Diane Uniman

Emeriti

Helene Kulsrud
Markell Shriver
Gabriel Stelian

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