Joyce Chen, GS, MUS

Community College Teaching Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

A native of Taiwan, Joyce Chen is a a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Humanities at Princeton University. She is an assistant professor of historical keyboards at the University of Oregon.

Under the guidance of Wendy Heller, Joyce is currently working on her dissertation, “Musica Experientia/Experimentum: Acoustics, Aesthetics, and Artisanal Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century,” which explores the intersection between science, music, and aesthetics involving instrument making, sensory experience, and the development of acoustical theory. For this project, Joyce has spent a total 4 months working as an apprentice at Zuckermann Harpsichords International in Stonington, Connecticut; she also just finished building her first harpsichord.

Outside of academia, Joyce has an active performing career as a solo harpsichordist: she is a recipient of the 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts and a featured soloist of the Emerging Artist Showcase by Early Music America at the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Her debut studio album is expected in 2024, featuring song intabulation and variations from the Elizabethan period.

Joyce was a Social Impact Fellow with Early Music America (EMA), and a Community College Teaching Fellow. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harpsichord Performance from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

"There is no cookie-cutter like experience being an academic in this day and age. We need to be proactive and think imaginatively as well as to reach out to valuable professional development resources, such as GradFutures."

"GradFutures is an incredible resource at Princeton, and I have really enjoyed working with the faculty members here as well as attending several workshops, including the StartUp Bootcamp!"

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Read more about Joyce’s work with EMA: Discovering Baroque Music with the HBCU Early Music Initiative