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

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 26 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.

Almost 1,400 children from ages 7 to 18 participate annually through YPC's core after-school program, its Satellite program in New York City public schools, a national affiliate in Tenafly, New Jersey, and since 2012, a new after-school community chorus in New York City's Washington Heights.

The repertoire of the Young People's Chorus of New York City ranges from the Renaissance and classical traditions through gospel/folk, pop,Young People's Chorus of New York City contemporary, and world music. Through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music series, YPC has commissioned and premiered almost 80 pieces of music from today's most distinguished composers, extending and invigorating the repertoire, among them Missy Mazzoli, whose Transient Glory commission YPC premieres this season. Through its Transmusica series YPC collaborates with choruses from as far as Indonesia, Japan, and Australia in cross-cultural performances that build understanding and bridges among other societies and cultures of the world.

Young People's Chorus of New York CityYPC'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 was the first American youth choir to participate in the Adolf Fredrik Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, and the first American youth choir invited to sing at Polyfollia, the international choral showcase in Normandy, France. In summer 2013 YPC gave a month-long tour of China and Japan and recently returned from its second visit to Switzerland, this time as artists in residence and the only American chorus invited to the 9thEuropean Festival of Youth Choirs, where they received invitations to sing at festivals in Armenia, Estonia, Ireland, and Israel.

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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 and the Today Show, ABC-TV's Good Morning America, Huckabee, Dora the Explorer's Christmas Adventure on Nickelodeon, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as a Coca-Cola TV commercial, among others.

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 the nation's highest award for youth programs: a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented to YPC at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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