News from the Arts

October 2021 • Princeton Public Schools

Welcome to News from the Arts

The Princeton Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts department is pleased to share an electronic newsletter with information about recent and upcoming events. We are grateful for the tremendous community support for our programs and invite you to attend our many events so that you may experience the incredible and inspiring work of our students. If the cost of admission would present a financial hardship for your family, please contact us at For more information, please visit our website at:

Updated Arts Health Protocols

Welcome back to the 2021-22 school year! Our students have been singing, playing, acting, dancing, and making beautiful artwork together, albeit in a slightly different way as we adapt to the realities of the pandemic. We are so proud of our students, their resilience, and the joy that they bring to their work. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our arts teachers across the district, who have given countless hours and tremendous effort to ensure that your children continue to have a positive and meaningful experience in the visual and performing arts.

Over the last 19 months, we have worked closely with our school physician and the Princeton Health Department to determine the best path forward during the pandemic. We are pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to Phase 2 (indoor music instruction) on November 1. While engaged in indoor activities that generate additional aerosols (like singing, playing wind instruments, acting, and dancing), students will wear face masks and will be spaced apart at six feet of social distance. We have ordered special face masks and bell covers for every child who plays a wind instrument in our program.

If community transmission numbers continue to hold steady or decline, we will move to Phase 3 (indoor performances with an in-person audience) on November 29. Some of our performances may have limited capacity or be streamed if we cannot safely bring large groups of students and families together, but it is our hope that we will continue to move towards a more "normal" spring. Our complete arts plan can be found on our district website. Please feel free to contact Patrick Lenihan if you have any questions

Thank you for your continued support of our arts program.

PHS Choir Fall Performance

The Princeton High School Choir will perform solo and ensemble works by Stephen Sondheim in a live, outdoor concert! Tickets for this event are limited. Tickets will be sold in advance to choir families only, and a very limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Seating will be in pods of three chairs; each pod will be six feet from the next. Masks are encouraged outdoors, and masks are required if entering the building to use the restroom. Admission: $20 per pod. Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:00 PM, PHS Front Lawn. (Rain date is October 24, 2021, at 4:00 PM.)

PHS Orchestra UNICEF Concert

Please join us for a streamed performance of our fall orchestra concert as we welcome back PHS alum Marie Louise James as oboe soloist. All musicians of the orchestral program will be featured in our two finale pieces. The concert will be filmed without an audience on Friday, October 29. After we complete our video editing, we will share the link on our website,

Recorded in the PHS Performing Arts Center

Friday, October 29, 2021

7:30 PM

Recording to be released during the week of November 15.

PPS Piano Sale

The annual piano and instrument sale is co-sponsored by the Rockley Family Foundation and Princeton Public Schools. The sale will be held November 4-6, 2021, in the PHS Performing Arts Center. Please call (609) 955-8008 to schedule an appointment. For information about the COVID-19 protocols for this event, please visit this website.

PHS Spectacle Theatre presents Bethel Park Falls

Our Princeton High School Fall Play will be filmed without an audience during the week of November 8. The performance will air on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Tickets and streaming information will be available soon.

Princeton Middle School Fall Play: This Is Your Brain on Social Media

Something must be done about the children! When a school stages an intervention for three of their most social media obsessed students, the ultra-righteous Amanda Boseman arrives armed with an array of cautionary tales. Romances are dictated by who the internet ships! Anybody could be a bot! Convinced yet? Inspired by interviews with teens about their online lives, This Is Your Brain on Social Media takes on both social-media madness and the grown-up hysteria over kids these days.

This performance will be available for streaming on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Information about tickets and streaming will be released soon.

Upcoming Events

  • PHS Fall Band Concert: To be determined
  • PHS Winter Concert: December 22, 2021, 7:30 PM, Princeton University Chapel. Limited admission.
  • PMS Winter Concerts: To be determined
  • Jammin' With Santa: To be determined

Contact Us

Patrick Lenihan, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts

Princeton Public Schools

Our next electronic arts newsletter will be distributed in early December and will include all of our winter events.