July 12-18, 2015
Golden Gate International Children's and Youth Choral Festival

Bay Area, CA

More about the 2015 festival and participating choirs here.

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July 20 and 21, 2015
Napa Valley Festival del Sole
Napa, CA

More information about the 2015 Festival del Sole here.

Young People's Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, Founder/Artistic Director
News & Events 2014-2015



California Summer Tour
July 12-21, 2015


YPC Chorale

From July 12 to 18, members of Cantare and the YPC Chorale will travel to California for the 2015 Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival.  While in the Bay Area, they will take part in a week of rehearsals, public performances, competitions, and the opportunity to build international friendships with young people from other choruses that include Austria, Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Poland, and the U.S. To learn more about the 2015 festival and participating choirs, click here.

From the Bay Area, the YPC Chorale will continue on to the Festival del Sole in Napa, CA, to sing in this festival’s celebratory 10th anniversary season with two concerts:  the first, on Monday, July 20, at Mont La Salle Chapel, a mission-style chapel renowned for its architecture, serenity, and acoustic excellence, and the following day, at Jarvis Conservatory.  For more information about the 2015 Festival del Sole, click here.



Special Auditions Are Open for Young Men to Sing
in Young People's Chorus of New York City

Do you know a young man between the ages of 11 and 16 who enjoys singing? The award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City is inviting any young man with a changed or changing voice to audition for YPC.

As a YPC chorus member, each young man learns to read music, to sing in three- and four-part harmony, receives ear training and music theory lessons, and gains performance skills, all while making great friends. He will perform on New York City's most famous professional stages and have the opportunity to sing for enthusiastic audiences across the country and around the world.

Recent YPC performances: 

Carnegie Hall Jazz at Lincoln Center
France - 2012
Japan - 2013
Switzerland - 2014

Are you between the ages of 11 and 16?

Do you love to sing?

Do you have a changed or changing voice?

Then, don't miss this opportunity to audition for YPC!

No formal musical training is necessary
Tuition scholarships are available

Young Men in performance in Tokyo, Japan


To schedule an audition:

Call 212-289-7779, Ext. 10

Email audition@ypc.org




YPC Transmusica Concert - "Resounding Hope Through Music"
with YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Chicago Children's Choir
Tuesday, June 23, 2015


At 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:00 p.m. concert, Derrick Gay moderated the discussion of understanding among contrasting communities with the three conductors: Francisco J. Núñez, Micah Hendler, and Josephine Lee. Derrick Gay is a classically trained musician and renowned educational consultant who for 18 years has worked with more than 200 schools around the world on issues of cultural competency, social justice, and equity to create more inclusive communities.

Derrick Gay

More information at www.symphonyspace.org.


Intermezzo Chorus Members joined Francisco J. Nez and the Distinguished Concerts Singers International at Carnegie Hall
Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m.

Francisco J. Nez

Francisco J. Núñez conducted the Distinguished Concerts Singers International and chorus members from YPC’s Intermezzo division in the DCINY Future Vibrations concert at Carnegie Hall. This set included three of Mr. Núñez’s own compositions:  Misa Pequeña, Pinwheels, and La Sopa de Isabel.

The concert also featured the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, the Vancouver Pops Symphony.

More information and tickets at www.carnegiehall.org.

Distinguished Concerts Singers International
"FUTURE VIBRATIONS: Music for Treble and Youth Voices"

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, New York City
Tickets: $20-$100


YPC "Spring Celebration Concert"
Saturday, June 6 at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


On Saturday, June 6, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City gave two performances of its spring concert at the 92nd Street Y: one at 12 noon and at 3:30 p.m.

A virtuoso and entertaining songfest that incorporates a range of music from innumerable periods and styles by the famed Young People's Chorus of New York City, the celebrated ensemble that Opera News calls "one of New York City's artistic treasures" and that The New York Times describes as "marvelous" and "irresistible."

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - 12 P.M. and 3:30 P.M.
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall

Tickets: $25 to $60

Available at the 92nd Street Y Box Office (at Lexington Avenue),
online at www.92y.org or call 212-415-5500.

$175 Co-Sponsor Tickets in support of YPC programs available by calling 212-289-7779, Ext. 10.



Francisco J. Núñez To Conduct American Young Voices
Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, June 4, Francisco J. Núñez conducted thousands of young students (including choristers from YPC’s Satellite Schools and YPCWH, YPC’s after-school community program in Washington Heights) in one of the world’s largest, liveliest and most exciting concerts this year. 

In the U.S. for the first time

The international phenomenon from the U.K.
Thursday, June 4, at the Prudential Center

Francisco J. Núñez conducted thousands of schoolchildren
from the tri-state area

For over 18 years the U.K.’s Young Voices has been inspiring a love of music among young students through their participation in massive concerts in many of the biggest arenas in the world. On Thursday, June 4, American Young Voices debuted in the 18,000-seat Prudential Center in Newark, NJ with thousands of children from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, the artistic director and founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

See a preview of this joyous event by clicking below:


American Young Voices
Conducted By Francisco J. Núñez

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7 p.m.
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

Tickets available online.


Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH) Spring Celebration Concert
Saturday, May 30, at 3:30 p.m.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH)
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder

Maria Peña, conductor
Sam Shull, Pianist

YPCWH Spring Celebration Concert

With special guests:

The Young Men of the
Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Fort George Presbyterian Church
(1525 St. Nicholas Avenue between 186th and 187th Streets) (map)

The gifted singers of YPCWH were joined by the young men of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City in an entertaining and lighthearted springtime program of music ranging from classical and jazz to everyone’s favorite Dominican folk tunes.


YPC Invited to Join 3rd Annual Young@Heart Mash-Up Concert
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3 p.m.

The Young@Heart Chorus invited the Young People’s Chorus of New York City conducted by Elizabeth Núñez to join them in Y@H’s third annual Mash-Up Concert. Young@Heart won

3rd Annual Young@Heart Mash-Up Concert
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3 p.m.
John M. Greene Hall, Smith College
70 Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Tickets available by calling the box office at 800-838-3006 or online.


YPC Joined the New York Choral Society and David Hayes in John Adamss On the Transmigration of Souls at Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m.

Young People's Chorus of New York City

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City returned to Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. to join the New York Choral Society and its Music Director David Hayes in John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composition On the Transmigration of Souls, with mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, baritone Lee Poulis, and The Mannes Orchestra.

On the Transmigration of Souls, an emotional centerpiece of the New York Choral Society’s “For Those We’ve Loved” program, was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 2002 to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. For Mr. Adams it depicts the transmigration of the souls of those moving from life to death as it does to those left behind.

For more information, click here.



YPC in "Meredith Monk and Friends" at Zankel Hall
Sunday, March 22

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City was invited by Meredith Monk to participate in her “Meredith Monk and Friends” concert on Sunday, March 22, at 3p.m. at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. YPC was among almost two dozen of her colleagues from the new music, classical, jazz, and DJ worlds to demonstrate the breadth and wide-ranging influence of her work as a composer, singer, and creator of new opera and music/theater works. This concert was part of Meredith Monk’s season-long residency at Carnegie Hall as the holder of the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair.

Meredith Monk and YPC Choristers

Francisco J. Núñez conducted the chorus in Meredith Monk’s Things Heaven and Hell from Three Heavens and Hells, which YPC commissioned from her for its Transient Glory new music series.  YPC is currently working on a new collaboration with Meredith Monk for the 2016-17 season.

Tickets and  more information for the March 22 “Meredith Monk and Friends” concert are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, from CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or on the Carnegie Hall website.

"Meredith Monk and Friends"
Sunday, March 22, at 3 p.m.
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

Tickets available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office,
from CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or
on the Carnegie Hall website.



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YPC's annual gala is its biggest fund-raiser of the year, the time of year when we focus much of our energies on raising the considerable funds necessary to support the YPC program, which continues to affect the lives of thousands of children, their families, and the community.  YPC's move into its new home soon after the March 2 gala makes this year's fund-raising goals even more critical.

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YPC Advances to Final Round of 2015 Euroradio International Choral Competition

Young People's Chorus of New York City has advanced to the final round of the 2015 Euroradio Choral Competition, after having been selected by American Public Media (APM) as the only American chorus to represent the United States in this international choral competition.

On Sunday, October 11, YPC conducted by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, will compete live in Munich, Germany, against the two other finalists in the Children and Youth category: the Aarhus Pigekor (Aarhus Girls' Choir) from Denmark and the Romanian Radio Children's Choir.

In advising YPC of this exciting news, Brian Newhouse, Managing Director of Classical APM said, "YPC represented America, and our nation couldn't have had a stronger or more joyful contestant in the competition. Congratulations to the entire YPC community."

The competition is held every two years under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union, the largest community of public service media organizations in the world with 73 members in 56 countries.


YPC Makes Its Festival of the Arts BOCA Debut Saturday, March 14

Young People’s Chorus of New York City mades its Festival of the Arts debut in Boca Raton, Florida, on Saturday March 14, with an exciting performance that displayed the range, vocal excellence, and showmanship of the award-winning chorus.  The first half of the concert, which began at 7:30 p.m. and took place in the Mizner Park Amphitheater, featured YPC Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez conducting the chorus in thrilling selections from its tour program.  Following intermission, YPC joined the Festival Orchestra Boca and the Master Chorale of South Florida in what is considered Beethoven’s greatest composition, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral”, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

The Festival of the Arts Boca runs from March 6 to 15.  Tickets for YPC’s March 14 performance range from $25 to $125, and are available by clicking here.  More information about the Festival of the Arts BOCA is available here.


YPC in Free Benefit Concert to Support Victims of 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
New York Chorus Festival, Wednesday, March 11

On Wednesday, March 11, the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated portions of Japan in 2011, the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Elizabeth Núñez joined with other choruses from New York City and Japan to commemorate the date in a free concert in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Free tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, with a limit of 8 per person.

In a program of Japanese and American songs, participating choruses from New York also included the SoHarmoniums Women's Choir conducted by its Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez and The Nippon Club Women's Chorus conducted by Yoko Ojima.  Coming from Sendai and Ishinomaki to sing at Carnegie Hall were Vocal Ensemble Anima conducted by Mikio Hayakawa and from Fukuoka, Gumma, and Tokyo, The Amapola Women's Chorus conducted by Tetsuo Yamada, with soprano soloist Yoshiko Yamada, who is also the director of the group.

In a very special highlight of the program, the Young People's Chorus of New York City and the vocal ensemble Anima came together to sing Hana wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom), a message from those who lost their lives to those they left behind. With music by composer Yoko Kanno and lyrics by Shunji Iwai, the song rose to the top of the Japanese charts and generated worldwide compassion for the victims of this catastrophic event.

"New York Chorus Festival"
Benefit Concert to Support Victims of 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 8 p.m.


Hear YPC on American Public Media's Performance Today Program

On YPC’s November 2014 tour to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, the chorus visited the American Public Media studios to record a segment, hosted by Fred Child, of performances and interviews for APM’s Performance Today program, heard nationally each week by more than a million listeners on 294 public radio stations. Among the pieces the choristers sang were several that advanced YPC to the Euroradio Choral Competition finals. Performance Today broadcast the segment on February 4 and 7, but you can still hear it at www.performancetoday.publicradio.org/programs.

Young People's Chorus of New York City recording in American Public Media
studio at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, MN


Alumni News

YPC Alumna Nia Drummond featured on PBS Great Performances special, American Voices with Renee Fleming, Kennedy Center's American Voices Festival, Masterclass with Kim Burrell
YPC Alumna Nia Drummond
In case you missed it, YPC alumna Nia Drummond was featured on PBS Friday, January 9 on the star-studded Great Performances special, American Voices with Renée Fleming. The 90-minute special offers an overview of the Kennedy Center's American Voices Festival created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November 2013.  It features such vocal masters as Eric Owens, Dianne Reeves, and Alison Krauss in master classes with various emerging artists, including Nia Drummond who was presented in a gospel master class with Kim Burrell.  Nia, who graduated from YPC in 2012, is a YoungArts award-winner and is currently on a full vocal scholarship at SUNY Fredonia. 

Watch the entire program at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365399272/.   Nia's gospel master class begins at Time Code 31:45.

YPC Alumus Jamal Marcelin in the special holiday edition of NBC's 'The Sing-Off' last month, as part of the 12-member, all-male Melodores from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee
YPC Alumnus Jamal Marcelin on NBC

In the special holiday edition of NBC's The Sing-Off in December, the 12-member, all-male Melodores from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, which includes Jamal Marcelin (YPC 2013), became the first collegiate champion of the show. While collegiate groups have competed in each season of the hit a cappella series since 2009, this is the first time one took home the ultimate prize.

Click here to see Jamal and the rest of the group singing "Trumpets" on The Sing-Off.



YPC Joined University Glee Club of New York City in Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, January 17, 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall

YPC was the guest of the University Glee Club of New York City (UGC), the venerable, all-men's choir in a concert that celebrated two momentous occasions:  the 120th anniversary year of UGC and the 20th anniversary of the first collaboration between UGC and YPC in 1995 at the very site of their initial association--Alice Tully Hall.  Francisco Núñez, who in addition to being the artistic director and founder of YPC, has also led UGC since 2000, led both choirs in a program of classical and contemporary gems, with a special highlight that included Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.



YPC Featured on the CNN New Day Holiday Special
December 25 from 6 to 9 a.m.

YPC Chorale and Francisco Núñez on the set of the CNN New Day Holiday Special taping with hosts Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota.


YPC Celebrating the Holidays

Saturday, December 13, at 3:30 p.m.
Fort  George Presbyterian Church
1525 St. Nicholas Avenue between 186th and 187th Streets

The Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH) came to the Fort George Presbyterian Church on December 13 to sing a free holiday concert for the Washington Heights-Inwood community.  Led by YPC Conducting Fellow Maria Peña, the chorus of nearly 100 voices performed a festive program of holiday fare for music lovers of all ages.


Thursday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
YPC Returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral
Fifth Avenue and 51st Street 

St. Patrick's Cathedral once again welcomed the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez to sing in its annual "A City Singing at Christmas" celebration of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols. Also performing were the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir conducted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the cathedral's director of music; the New York City Master Chorale led by Artistic Director Thea Kano, as well as the New York Symphonic Brass and Daniel Brondel on The Cathedral Organ. 

Photo: Christopher Hall


Winter "Holidays in Our Home" Concert
December 6, 2014

Both the matinee and evening holiday concerts by the Young People's Chorus of New York City on December 6, sparkled with energy and the gorgeous sounds of young voices celebrating the beautiful music and traditions of the season. 

Intermezzo sang a spirited set of German, Hebrew and American Holiday music


Prelude choristers charmed all in the audience


The Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights in bright red sweaters provided a lively opening of the matinee.

Cantare and Amani sang excerpts from Miracle! the Hanukkah opera for children
by Victoria Bond and Susan L. Roth


The choristers and the audience were so excited to welcome City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal from the Upper West Side and Ben Kallos from the Upper East Side to the evening concert where they both spoke enthusiastically about YPC.

City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal
took a selfie with the choristers

City Councilmember Ben Kallos
posed for pictures with the choristers 


YPC Chorale's winning voices brought heartfelt meaning to the music they sang


YPC closed the program with holiday wishes to all




YPC's Twin Cities Tour a Resounding Success
November 20-23, 2014

YPC sang to a capacity crowd in a two-hour concert at Roseville Lutheran Church

The Young People's Chorus of New York City was presented by VocalEssence, one of the country's top professional choirs, and its amazingly creative Artistic Director Philip Brunelle, in an extraordinary four-day residency from November 20 to 23 in the Twin Cities, the world's capital of the choral singing. While there, they won over everyone they touched-from the area's high school students and its music loving citizens, Minnesota Public Radio announcers and staff, to the participants in Minnesota's all-state ACDA conference. Please click here for stories, highlights, and pictures of the entire tour.   

At Minnesota Public Radio, YPC taped several pieces for later broadcast on APR's Performance Today, America's most listened-to classical music radio program,  and met with their great friends Fred Child, longtime host of Performance Today, Brian Newhouse, managing director of MPR/APR programming, and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, MPR's new choral educator and conductor.


Hispanic Heritage Month Profile of Francisco J. Nez on Fox & Friends

Each year the Ailes Apprentice Program celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
with a series of inspiring stories from the Hispanic/Latino community.
This year, among four individuals featured, was YPC Artistic Director/Founder
Francisco J. Nez in a report that appeared on Fox & Friends.
Please click here to view the report or watch below.



WIT Inaugural Luncheon Draws 140 YPC Choristers, Alumnae, and WIT Pros

Manhattan's Grand Hyatt Hotel was the gathering place for the inaugural luncheon of YPC's new mentorship program for its female high school choristers WIT: Women Inspiring Tomorrow on September 13.  Fifty choristers were expected, but word of the event prompted 70 to attend, along with 33 YPC alumnae, and 37 WIT Pros, women eager to share their professional experiences with both the alumnae and the chorus members. Creator of WIT, Elizabeth Núñez, welcomed all and got the luncheon off to the right start by leading all of the attendees in song.

Photos by Stephanie Berger

Elizabeth Núñez welcomes guests and leads everyone in song

In preparation for the solid success of this luncheon, two YPC alumnae Elizabeth Cooper Mullin (2006) and Stephanie Preiss (2007) brought the choristers together to go over everything they needed to know to be comfortable and to get the most out of this experience.  Elizabeth and Stephanie talked with them about how to dress for the occasion, manners, such as how to introduce themselves to others and how to dine at a formal luncheon; how to be an active listener; and how to mingle.  They were even give a list of several questions to memorize so that they would always be prepared with something to say to start a conversation or keep it going.

Among the special guest speakers were alumna Eva McKend (2007), the mistress of ceremonies; Keynote Speaker Susan Davenport Austin, Vice Chairman of Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation and Chairman of BMI, Inc.; and the "Gravitas Guru," Raleigh Mayer. Alumna Brette Trost (2009) also spoke, as did fellow alumna Christine Lu (2012).

Mistress of ceremonies Eva McKend spoke about how her experiences as a YPC chorister shaped her development

Keynote speaker Susan Davenport Austin, advised the choristers to trust their instincts and take time to pay back

YPC alumna Brette Trost advised 
choristers to not limit themselves to the expectations of others

Christina Lu (2012) encouraged the choristers to blaze their own trails and to be open to accepting help and advice

Thanks to board member May Lau, proper business attire and make-up by Bobbi Brown were demonstrated with a fashion show by 10 choristers in beautiful Lord & Taylor outfits of their choice.

YPC Choristers dressed for WIT Fashion Show

All in attendance believed that mentoring young women was an important step for YPC to take. As YPC alumna Dena Tasse-Winter (2004) remarked:  "As alumnae we can really connect with the choristers and learn from each other." 

YPC chorister, Zoe Kaznelson, a high school sophomore, said, "I like to meet new people who can give me their points of view.  I'm taking it all in when it comes to careers right now."  And thinking ahead, she added, "I want to give that kind of support to others."

"Gravitas Guru" Raleigh Mayer emphasized the importance of appearance and made everyone practice their handshake

Practicing handshakes


YPC board member Deborah McManus (in blue) with YPC choristers
and alumnae (l to r) Thalia St. Hubert, Mary Joe Fernandez,
Christina Lu, Rose Labarre (2013), and Asila Folds.


YPC alumnae (l to r) Nzinga Young (2006), Kate Previte (2005), WIT mistress of ceremonies Eve McKend, Jude Warne (2007), and Rachel Grimmelmann (2007)

YPC board member Beth Whitman chats with choristers

Ann Meier Baker, president and CEO of
Chorus America shares a laugh
with Asila Folds

Elizabeth Núñez chats with NYC Department
of Education Director of Music
Barbara Murray and chorister Emily Ma


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