Erica is an optimist who believes that the arts, humanities, and sciences intersect to make the world a better place. In 2011 she developed a songwriting program at Genuine Voices, a nonprofit teaching music to at-risk youth. She is a PhD candidate at the Cambridge Centre for Music & Science on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and she received her bachelor’s in Psychology with a Certificate in Music Performance from Princeton. Her research has focused on music in pro-social behavior of at-risk youth in detention, as a communicative aid in autism, and in health professional education. Erica also enjoys creative writing and imagining life in the Hufflepuff common room.
Liz is a classicist and educator with a passion for music, theater, and arts education. In 2009 she founded Afternoon Tunes, an initiative in Worcester, MA, through which young musicians teach free music lessons to kids from the city. Liz received her bachelor’s in Classics from Princeton and then spent two years at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where she received an MSc in Comparative and International Education, with a thesis on elementary school music education, and MSt in Latin and Greek Languages and Literature. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading novels and watching the Muppets.
Jen is an avid dancer, pianist, and enthusiast for the performing arts. She established CityStep Princeton in 2013, an initiative which brings performing arts programs to public schools. Jen has experience managing digital and print communications with early-stage startups, and has executed marketing campaigns for a tech start-up and fashion design start-up. She received her bachelor’s in History and a Certificate in East Asian Studies from Princeton, where her thesis research analyzed how African American music conservatory graduates shaped national music identity. Her hobbies include cooking, running, and hiking.
Lucy Cao is a student at New York University who is passionate about the creative arts. In high school, Lucy learned guitar on her own and she organized sessions for students to learn songwriting. At NYU she is exploring her varied interests such as music composition and international relations, and she is interested in how music and the arts can develop empathy. In her free time, Lucy likes to write songs and explore the boroughs of New York City.