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 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.
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 public schools, its national affiliates in Erie, Pennsylvania, and 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 renaissance and classical traditions through gospel/folk, pop, contemporary, and world 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. This season YPC will premiere a Transient Glory piece commissioned from one of the finest composers on the contemporary music scene, Missy Mazzoli. 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 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.
Photo: Christopher Hall
YPC has just returned from a month-long tour of Asia, beginning in Hong Kong where it was the invited as the artist-in-residence of the Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choral Festival before moving on to performances in Shanghai and five Japanese cities, including Hiroshima and Tokyo.
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 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.
YPC on PBS's "From the Top at Carnegie Hall"