Princeton Day School sophomores Emily Zhu '22 and Sophie Zhang '22 collaborated to record a cover album, titled "Music for Hope," dedicated to everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eleanor Ding '22 provided the cover art for the project as well (seen above.)
"Making this album was definitely a journey; It was challenging both creatively and technically, yet equally as rewarding. Since we couldn’t meet during these times, we recorded our parts individually and digitally linked them together. Huge thank you to Eleanor for the beautiful cover art and for bringing our creative vision to life. The cover is a depiction of us playing our instruments “together” while isolated in our separate homes—you may notice the birch tree outside the window, which represents hope and new beginnings. The titles of the tracks roughly tell a story... we chose songs that speak of hope and recovery. We hope this album will give you strength," remarked Emily and Sophie.
The students posted their album on Soundcloud and on Youtube and each song's description contains commentary on the meaning behind the song choice from Emily and Sophie. One selection, "The Swan- Saint Saëns," is below, performed on piano and cello: