The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez 25 years ago, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.
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Over the years YPC has changed the perception of the capabilities of a children’s chorus, dramatically heightening an awareness of the unlimited potential of a young choir to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry and establishing the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music.
Through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music series, YPC has commissioned and premiered over 70 pieces of music from today’s most distinguished composers, extending and invigorating the repertoire. Through its new Transmusica series YPC collaborates with choruses from as far as Indonesia and Australia in cross-cultural performances that build understanding and bridges among other societies and cultures of the world
YPC’s commitment to artistic excellence and diversity has also inspired frequent invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals and cultural institutions. Among them are Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Bang on a Can, and the White House. YPC has accepted invitations to represent the U.S. in Kyoto’s Seventh World Symposium in 2005 and to represent North America at the 2012 World Choral Summit in Beijing. It gave two month-long tours of Japan in 2009 and 2010, was the first American youth choir to participate in the Adolf Fredrik Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, and was the first American youth choir invited to sing at Polyfollia, the international choral showcase in Normandy, France.
More than 1,200 children from ages seven to 18 participate annually through YPC’s core after-school program, its Satellite program in New York City schools, its national affiliates and its new after-school community chorus in New York City’s Washington Heights. YPC is frequently seen on national television, including an Emmy Award-winning feature on PBS-TV’s “From the Top at Carnegie Hall,” NBC-TV’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, Good Morning America’s annual Christmas Day specials on ABC-TV, Dora the Explorer’s Christmas Adventure on Nickelodeon, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as a Coca Cola TV commercial.
YPC was named New York’s first radio choir by WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is in residence at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Among its many awards is a 2011National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest award for youth programs, presented to YPC by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
Francisco J. Núñez, a recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “Genius Grant,” is a conductor, composer, and leading figure in music education. In addition to conducting the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, he leads the University Glee Club of New York City, its fifth conductor since the all-men’s choir was established in 1894. Mr. Núñez is sought after nationwide as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs and as a master teacher and advisor for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals. He is also a frequent keynote speaker as a foremost authority on the role of music in achieving equality and diversity among children in today’s society. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
YPC on PBS's "From the Top at Carnegie Hall"