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 27 years ago, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.
About YPC Video
Over the years YPC has created an awareness of the unlimited potential of a children's chorus to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry and has established 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, its first after-school community chorus located in New York City's Washington Heights.
The repertoire of the Young People's Chorus of New York City ranges from renaissance and classical traditions through gospel, folk, pop, contemporary, and world music. Through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music series, YPC is particularly well known for commissioning and premiering over 80 pieces of music from many of today’s most distinguished established and emerging composers—many of whom had never before written for young voices. In addition, through its Transmusica series, established in 2012, YPC collaborates with choruses from as far as Indonesia, Australia, Japan, and Israel 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 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 2013 YPC participated in a month-long tour of Asia, beginning in Hong Kong as artist-in-residence of the Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choral Festival before moving on to performances in Shanghai and six Japanese cities. YPC was invited as artist-in-residence at the 2014 European Festival of Youth Choirs in Basel, Switzerland. This season YPC is concentrating on the United States with tours to Minnesota, Florida, and California, but this fall, will again travel abroad to compete in Munich, Germany, as a finalist in the Euroradio Choral Competition.
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, ABC-TV's Good Morning America, CNN's "New Day", "Fox & Friends", and Nickelodeon among many others. They have also appeared on the Thanksgiving Day Parade Special and in a Coca-Cola TV commercial. In spring 2014, YPC participated in the opening of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum before an audience of dignitaries, including President and Mrs. Barack Obama.
Awards and Honors
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 America’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.
YPC on PBS's "From the Top at Carnegie Hall"