The Princeton Festival Podcast

The Princeton Festival Podcast

Welcome to The Princeton Festival Podcast, where we take you behind the scenes of New Jersey’s premier performing arts festival for revealing discussions with musicians, artists, conductors, historians, and more.

Episode 9

Sylvia McNair is a highly acclaimed singer in both classical and popular music styles, having received many awards for her work (including two Grammy Awards) and performed extensively around the world. She joins us for the final episode in this series of our podcast.

Listen to the music discussed in this episode:

“Alleluia” (Handel)

Episode 8

Shai Zohar, winner of the 2018 Princeton Festival Piano Competition, has since gone on to win competitions and awards around the world. He sits down to talk with us about his study of the piano and how his life has proceeded after our Piano Competition.

Shai has also recorded two of Brahms’ “Six Pieces for the Piano” for The Princeton Festival; listen to the recordings below:

Episode 7

Longtime Festival costumer Marie Miller discusses her practice when it comes to costuming varied opera and musical theater productions.

Episode 6

Composer, producer, musician, and scholar Dr. Carmen-Helena Téllez discusses her experience with composing and conducting interdisciplinary arts projects.

Explore the recordings mentioned in this podcast.


Upcoming “Virtually Yours” Podcast Episodes

June 24: Sylvia McNair
Grammy-winning vocal artist on “An International Career.” Ms. McNair is that rare performer whose star shines brilliantly in both classical and popular music.


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Links to past episodes of our podcast are archived below for easy access, with new ones added as they appear

Episode 5

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Roy discusses her experience with The Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus and Opera Chorus, as well as the unique challenges of singing period music.


Episode 4

In our fourth episode, Maria Romero discusses her career path as a professional musician, from being a former student in Venezuela’s El Sistema music education program to becoming an accomplished violinist and teacher.


Episode 3

We interview Steven LaCosse for our third episode. Steven has directed many of The Princeton Festival’s most admired opera productions, including the acclaimed 2019 staging of Nixon in China.


Episode 2

Our second episode captures the Artistic Director of Concordia Chamber Players, Michelle Djokic, in a warm conversation about the history of the group and the joys of sharing musical discoveries.



Episode 1

For our first episode, Artistic & Executive Director for The Princeton Festival, Richard Tang Yuk, talks about how the Festival began, what it’s like to plan a multi-genre performing arts festival, and how decisions are made about cast members.



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