Young People's Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, Founder/Artistic Director

Young People’s Chorus of New York City®
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC) 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, a MacArthur ‘genius grant’ Fellow in 1988, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child and has established the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music.

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Over 1,600 children from ages 7 to 18 participate annually through YPC’s core after-school program, its satellite program in New York City public schools and two thriving after-school community choruses in Manhattan’s Washington Heights area and at Goddard Riverside Community Center.

YPC Repertoire

The repertoire for YPC ranges from renaissance and classical traditions through gospel, folk, pop, contemporary, and world music. In addition, YPC has extended and invigorated Young People's Chorus of New York Citythe repertoire for young voices by commissioning over 100 pieces of new music from many of today’s most distinguished composers, 80 alone through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance series. Through its Transmusica series, YPC collaborates with choruses from as far as Indonesia, Australia, and Jerusalem in cross-cultural performances that build understanding and bridges among other societies and cultures of the world.

YPC Collaborations

Young People's Chorus of New York CityYPC’s commitment to artistic excellence and diversity inspires frequent invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities on four continents. Among them are Carnegie Hall, VocalEssence, the San Francisco Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Bang on a Can, Adolf Fredrik Festival in Stockholm, Sweden; Polyfollia in Normandy, France; and Hong Kong, Shanghai, and over 30 Japanese cities. This past fall the chorus was honored to sing for Pope Francis at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on his first papal visit to the U.S.

Special Appearances

Young People's Chorus of New York CityYPC 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 and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s New Day, among many others.

Awards and Honors

YPC was named New York’s first radio choir by WNYC, New York Public Radio and has won over a dozen gold medals in international choral competitions. This past season alone, YPC won five gold medals in the Golden Gate International Choral Competition and became the first U.S. chorus with a first-place win in the 54-year history of the European Broadcasting Union’s Euroradio Choral Competition in Munich, Germany. Among its many other awards and honors are a Chorus America Education Outreach Award and two Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.  In 2011 YPC was presented with America’s highest honor for youth programs—a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award—by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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