2014-2015 YPC Season Preview:

November 20-23, 2014
Concerts and workshops with VocalEssence in the Twin Cities

December 6, 2014
YPC Winter Concert (2 performances)
92nd Street Y

January 17, 2015
YPC with University Glee Club
Alice Tully Hall

March 2, 2015
YPC Gala at Jazz
Lincoln Center

March 22, 2015
YPC in "Meredith Monk and Friends" Zankel Hall

April 8, 2015 
YPC with New York Choral Society
Carnegie Hall

May 21, 2015
YPC Satellite Schools Concert
92nd Street Y

June 6, 2015
YPC Spring Concert
92nd Street Y



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


YPC has a new home!

YPC Challenge Grant

YPC has received a matching challenge grant of $250,000 from an anonymous donor. Every dollar we receive from you by September 1, 2014, will be doubled. Every dollar counts, and every gift, no matter how small, will make a vital difference in providing resources that include:

Carolyn Bolt and Francisco Núñez show the floorplan of YPC's new home


Please help YPC reach its goal.

Your gift of any amount will be doubled
up to $250,000 by September 1.


Read more about YPC's new home the New York Daily News.

For more information:

Carolyn O. Bolt, Director of Development
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
1995 Broadway, Suite 305
New York, NY 10023

212-289-7779, ext. 17



YPC invited to participate in 9/11 Memorial and Museum Dedication

This past May the Young People's Chorus of New York City was honored to participate in the historic dedication ceremony of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Before an audience of dignitaries and invited guests - including President and First Lady Obama, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Mario Cuomo, Governor George Pataki, Mayor and Mrs. Bill de Blasio, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor and Mrs. Rudolph Giuliani,  Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and other heads of state - YPC had the privilege of singing a magnificent arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere" by Irwin Fisch followed by the National Anthem. Click here to watch the ceremony.  YPC is also honored that "Give Us Hope" composed by Jim Papoulis and arranged by Francisco Núñez is part of the museum's permanent installation and can be heard as visitors exit the memorial.

President Barack Obama and Young People's Chorus of New York City at the 9-11 Memorial Museum



Spring Concert Recap
JUNE 7, 2014

Photos by Stephanie Berger

Prelude chorus charms Spring Concert audience

This season's spring concert, held at the 92nd Street Y June 7, was an inspiring event with multiple surprises, celebrations, and gallons of happy and emotional tears for an audience that filled every seat, and then some.

Let us count the ways:

  1. In celebration of YPC's new home, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer opened the concert with a stirring reminiscence of her years watching the fledgling young children's choir in her Manhattan district grow to the award-winning organization it is today.

    Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
    congratulates Francisco J. Núñez
  2. Over the past seven years, Sophia Miller, among YPC's best-loved conductors, had touched the life of every single chorister and probably everyone else present in the concert hall, but now she is leaving. Before she conducted YPC's Prelude Chorus for the last time, Francisco gave a beautiful speech.  When he handed her flowers, the entire concert hall erupted with cheers and tears.
  3. This year 25 choristers graduated from YPC, and every one is heading for college. They all received plaques and teary hugs from Francisco and the other conductors and managed to hold it all together to harmonize a beautiful song they composed for their final family concert.

    Intermezzo chorister Adedayo presents
    Sophia with parting gift


    Graduating YPC choristers in song 

  4. As Francisco was telling the audience about YPC's new home, all 375 choristers filled the stage from the wings and through the aisles for the final tutti songs. They seemed to be carrying something at their sides. What is that?  When they were all in place, Francisco announced they would sing "Home," and suddenly, every child was wearing a yellow construction hat.
  5. Fifteen years ago YPC premiered the YPC anthem "Give Us Hope" by Jim Papoulis on this very stage.  Now 15 years later, "Give Us Hope" never sounded better.

Ready for New Home Renovations

 "Give Us Hope"



YPC Steals the Heart of Basel
European Festival of Youth Choruses in Basel, Switzerland

MAY 28 TO JUNE 1, 2014

Photos courtesy YPC Staff

YPC with 19 other festival choirs

After the last note was sung at the Ninth European Festival Youth Choirs in Basel, Switzerland, and just before Francisco Núñez and 41 YPC choristers prepared to return home to the U.S., Festival Director Kathrin Renggli hugged Francisco and said:  "You stole the hearts of Basel.  You brought joy to the city."

YPC Choristers are congratulated by festival guests


The Young People's Chorus of New York City was invited by Ms. Renggli to participate as the artists-in-residence at the festival, and those words summed up the reception YPC received from the hundreds of thousands of exuberant international audience and chorus members who were charmed by YPC's performances. And for YPC, it was a fantastic experience to mix, mingle, and make new friends with 19 of the best of the best youth choirs from Armenia, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland.  The choristers also had the incredible opportunity to see what it is like to live in Switzerland, personally experiencing the Swiss culture, customs, and foods through home stays with warm and welcoming local families in Basel. 

By the time they left Switzerland, YPC had received invitations from several more European festivals in Israel, Armenia, Estonia, and Ireland.

Dancing in the street

YPC's "Singing Boys"

Throughout the week, YPC gathered experiences and memories they will never forget. 

Take a look at the YPC blog for some of the choristers' amazing experiences in their own words and on this news feature on Swiss TV:


YPC is exceedingly grateful to the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation for the iconic American wardrobe provided to YPC for this tour, which surely enhanced the positive impression the YPC choristers made for America.  

YPC in Tommy Hilfiger's iconic American clothing


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YPC Opened All-Star "Terry Riley and Friends" Concert
in the River to River Fextival

JUNE 20, 2014

YPC joined an all-star lineup of artists performing in "Terry Riley and Friends," part of Original Music Workshop (OMW) and LMCC's  "Ex-Situ" series of site-specific concerts in the 2014 River To River Festival. Composer and OMW Creative Director Paola Prestini curated the concert, which took place Friday, June 20, at  7:30p.m. at Federal Hall (26 Wall Street).

Composer Terry Riley

"Terry Riley and Friends," a showcase of work created and inspired by "the father of minimalism," openeds with Another Secret eQuation, co-commissioned and premiered by the Young People's Chorus of New York City and the Kronos Quartet in 2010. For this performance YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez conducted the chorus and a quartet of new-music greats formed for just this occasion-violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Jenny Choi, violist Ljova, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

The program also featured a trio including Terry Riley himself; his son, the globe-trotting, Brooklyn-based guitarist Gyan Riley; and Tracy Silverman, whom BBC calls "the greatest living exponent of the electronic violin."  The program closed eventfully with new improv by Mr. Riley and an equally legendary composer/performer.

In 2009 the Young People's Chorus of New York City was honored to be invited to be among the "who's who" of music to take part in the Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the 45th anniversary of Terry Riley's "In C," a work that has become enshrined in history and as The New York Times commented "a view of music as a communal action and a key to transcendence."

Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
"Terry Riley and Friends"
Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street

Free and open to the public

Part of the Original Music Workshop/LMCC "Ex-Situ" series in the 2014 River to River Festival



YPC Performed at Opening Ceremony for 9/11 Memorial
THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014, 10am

The Young People's Chorus of New York City sang at the opening ceremony of the long-awaited 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. The official public opening of the museum took place on May 21.





Transient Glory - A Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014, 8pm

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Missy Mazzoli's Victoire
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire

Transient Glory, YPC's groundbreaking series of choral music for young people commissioned from today's most important composers, returned with a Composer Spotlight on Missy Mazzoli, whose genre-spanning works include chamber rock, indie classical, minimalist, post-rock and pseudo-classical.

The concert featured an entire evening of music by Ms. Mazzoli composed and arranged specifically for YPC and Victoire, her all-star, all-female ensemble.  The program includeds the world premieres of a YPC commission - New New York Songs - and a "Best of" selection of  Missy's compositions newly arranged by her to be performed by YPC and Victoire for this unique spotlight.  Among them are excerpts from Cathedral City and her acclaimed opera Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt.  Soprano Mellissa Hughes will be the soloist in A Thousand Tongues and two movements from a new work - Vespers for a New Dark Age.

Transient Glory
Friday, April 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y (at Lexington Avenue)
Tickets: $15, at the 92nd Street Y box office, by calling 212-415-5500, or online (www.92y.org).

"Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out, NY

Featuring the world premiere of a new Transient Glory work, commissioned from Missy Mazzoli by YPC and premiered by YPC and Victoire, Missy’s all-star, all-female ensemble. www.victoiremusic.com

Read more about YPC's Transient Glory commissioning series here.






YPC names new director of development

Please welcome Carolyn Bolt, YPC's new Director of Development.  Ms. Bolt comes to Carolyn O. BoltYPC from Marymount Manhattan College and previously held development positions with East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and was the Director of Alumni Relations for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. She holds a B.A. in Art History from SUNY Purchase and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.  We are both excited about our great plans for the future of YPC.






Adam Chinn, Chairman of the YPC Board of Trustees,
and the entire Board Thank you!

On Monday, March 3, Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez began their second quarter century with the hottest ticket on Broadway at Jazz at Lincoln Center in a gala that more than exceeded its goals.

Both the concert in the Rose Theater and the dinner following the concert in the Mandarin Oriental were completely sold out.  With The New York Pops in the pit and fabulous guest artists Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins) and NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis joining YPC on stage, YPC Artistic Director and Founder Francisco J. Núñez conducted a fully choreographed concert of music from classical, folk, pop, and jazz to Broadway classics. 

See photos and more from the Gala here.




Transmusica - Peace and Hope Benefit Concert
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014, 7:30pm

Photo courtesy YPC Staff

In a new Transmusica concert, a YPC series designed to build bridges to other world cultures, two choirs from Japan - the Peace and Hope Choir of Hiroshima and the Chamber Choir of the Elisabeth University of Music - join YPC, Francisco Núñez, and The Ten, an all-men's ensemble from the University Glee Club of New York City, for an inspiring and entertaining program at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village (365 Sixth Avenue) on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. to benefit victims of last November's Philippine typhoon disaster. 

This concert reunites YPC and the Hiroshima Chorus.  They have sung together on YPC's travels to Japan in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013.  This is the first time they will sing together in the U.S.

Click to view flyer

Transmusica - Peace and Hope Concert
Benefiting the victims of Phillipine typhoon disaster
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Church of St. Joseph, 365 Sixth Avenue
(corner of Washington Place  in Greenwich Village)
Free admission, suggested donation $10



FranciscoNez featured on WQXR

WQXR's weekday host Naomi Lewin recently spoke with Francisco Núñez about meeting Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi in Japan this past summer, when YPC performed his controversial choral piece Requiem Hiroshima. The interview is the latest podcast in the station's biweekly Conducting Business series. Listen here.





YPC Celebrated Black History Month at the American Museum of Natural History with Delfeayo Marsalis and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

The Young People's Chorus of New York City celebrated Black History Month at American Museum of Natural History, when the chorus and NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis and his sextet performed a program highlighted by world premieres of two new jazz works and three arrangements of existing works Mr. Marsalis created for YPC, just for this occasion - Dream On Robben and Melting Pot, featuring multi-platinum hip-hop artist Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.

Delfeayo Marsalis and Francisco J. Nunez at YPC rehearsal
Photo: Christopher Hall
NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis and  Francisco Núñez at a YPC rehearsal


Welcome, a tribute to Motherland Africa (arr. by Mr. Marsalis for YPC)

East to West, the journey of settlers across America from Africa (arr. by Mr. Marsalis for YPC)

Sun Come Sunday, creation of the world, inspired by Native American poetry and imagery (arr. by Mr. Marsalis for YPC)

Dream On Robben, a rhythmic tribute to Nelson Mandela (World Premiere)

Melting Pot, with guest Darryl "DMC" McDaniels in a special call-and-response rap work with audience participation (World Premiere)

Delfeayo Marsalis wtih YPC
Photo: Christopher Hall

This performance was part of an afternoon of Black History Month activities at the American Museum of Natural History.  Click here for more information.

Admission free for members or with Museum admission.


TUNE IN! WNBC-TV's Cozi-TV Live Interview with YPC

Adina Williams from the American Museum of Natural was joined by two YPC choristers in a live interview about YPC's performances with NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels in the Museum's Black History Month event. The show aired live on the following cable channels:  Cablevision 109 and 118; Time Warner 161; Comcast 2158 and 158; Verizon Fios 460; and RCN 28.


NY1 News featured YPC on its Parenting Report

The top item on Shelley Goldberg's Parenting Report of things to do during the upcoming week was a spotlight on YPC's Black History Month performance at the American Museum of Natural History highlighted by two premieres composed for YPC by Delfeayo Marsalis. Click here to view.

NY1 News Parenting Report


YPC Rang the NYSE Closing Bell

YPC began the 55-day countdown to YPC's March 3 gala benefit at Jazz at Lincoln Center by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.  

Many thanks to Duncan Niederauer, the chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext and a vice-chair of YPC's gala, who invited YPC to take part on this grand occasion.

Watch YPC ring the closing bell below:


YPC on CNN's New Day Morning Show

The Young People's Chorus of New York City and Francisco J. Nez were invited to appear on the very first holiday special of the CNN Morning Show New Day, hosted by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, with news anchor Michaela Pereira. The three-hour morning program featured performances by the Young People's Chorus of New York City of many songs from their holiday CDs plus a performance of "Silent Night" with Joshua Bell.


Appearances with Joshua Bell

Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends, featuring Renee Fleming, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, Frankie Moreno, and moreThe Young People's Chorus of New York City was among the renowned artists invited by Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell to be a part of his new holiday CD "Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends." Throughout the month of November and December YPC has also joined Mr. Bell in the special arrangement of "Silent Night" by Francisco J. Nez that is on the album in several radio and television appearances.

Huckabee Fox News Channel
December 14, 2013

The Young People's Chorus of New York City joined Joshua Bell in a performance of "Silent Night" on Huckabee.  Governor Mike Huckabee is a huge proponent of arts education and regularly features musical guests on his popular Fox News program. This appearance, which initially aired on Saturday, December 14, with two repeat airings on December 15, is available to view by clicking here.

Joshua Bell and the Young People's Chorus of New York City perform a new arrangement of "Silent Night" by Francisco J. Núñez on Fox News Channel Show "Huckabee", December 14, 2013
Joshua Bell and YPC performing "Silent Night" on Huckabee, Fox News Channel

WQXR, New York Public Radio with Joshua Bell
December 10, 2013

Hosted by WQXR's popular host Elliott Forrest, an hour-long concert of music from "Musical Gifts," including YPC's performance of "Silent Night" with Joshua Bell, was simulcast on December 10. Repeats of that concert are being broadcast on WQXR on December 24, at 3 p.m., and on Christmas Day at 12 p.m. The show will also air in multiple cities throughout the country, including WDAV - Davidson, NC, WRTI - Philadelphia, PA, WQED - Pittsburgh, KCME - Colorado Springs, KBYU - Provo, Utah, WSMR - Tampa, FL, and WNED - Buffalo, NY, among others. But to see a live performance of the whole December 10 show on the WQXR website click here.

Joshua Bell and the Young People's Chorus of New York City perform a new arrangement of "Silent Night" by Francisco J. Núñez at WQXR's The Greene Space
Joshua Bell and YPC performing "Silent Night" at WQXR's The Greene Space


YPC on the TODAY Show with Jordin Sparks

On Monday, December 9, 25 members of the Young People's Chorus of New York City arrived at the NBC studios in Rockefeller Center at 5:15 a.m., where later in the morning, they were featured in a live national telecast of the TODAY Show with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in the performance of a new song for the holidays from Glade called "This is My Wish." Watch the video below or at the NBC website. You can also watch the music video of the song, which is available for free download on the Glade website.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy



YPC Master Class with Renée Fleming

Renee Fleming with choristers of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, November 14, 2013
Renée Fleming with YPC master class participants
Vera Kahn, Nia Drummond,  Stephan Douglas-Allen,
and Lindsey Knapp.

On Thursday, November 14, four YPC choristers, all aspiring to careers in music, sang for the much-loved soprano Renée Fleming in a master class in the home of board member Felicia Lipson and her family.  All four choristers - Vera Kahn, Lindsey Knapp, Stephan Douglas-Allen, and alumna Nia Drummond - sang beautifully and were  put at ease by the grace and wisdom of Ms. Fleming in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Attending the informal and intimate evening were family members, supporters, and many of the choristers' peers cheering them on.

Renée Fleming, so inspired by the master class singers, spoke about the importance of arts education with the Huffington Post.  Read the article here.  


Radio Radiance Broadcast Premiere on WWFM The Classical Network

YPC's Radio Radiance recording for broadcast on WWFM
Photo: Jennifer Taylor
Radio Radiance Recording at 92nd Street Y

On Monday night, September 9th, at 8:00p.m. (Eastern Time) the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by its Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez gave the broadcast premiere of the four newest compositions in its ground-breaking Radio Radiance commissioning series, which employs technologies and acoustic properties of radio to push sounds beyond listeners' expectations.  Working directly with composers Thomas Cabaniss, Susie Ibarra, Kevin James, and Toby Twining, you may remember that the YPC choristers recorded this music this past April before a live audience at the 92nd Street Y, in performances hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

The September 9th program, hosted by Marjorie Herman and David Osenberg of WWFM, The Classical Network, was streamed on the station as part of its popular "Celebrating Our Musical Future" series at www.wwfm.org.  The broadcast could also be heard in the New York City area in an HD Radio partnership WKCR (Columbia University) at 89.9HD2 and in Philadelphia via HD Radio at 89.5HD2.

Shortly following this broadcast, podcasts of each of the four works, will be available for streaming on the YPC Web site at  www.ypc.org/radioradiance  where additional information about Radio Radiance can be found.


YPC's Asia Tour

YPC in Shanghai on tour 2013
In performance at the 2013 Hong Kong
International Youth and Children's Choir Festival

Following a 26-day journey that took them from Hong Kong and Shanghai to six cities in Japan, over 40 members of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, its Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, and artistic staff landed safely at JFK airport late Wednesday night, August 7, after leaving 33 hours earlier from Hokuto, where they boarded a bus to take them to Narita Airport.

From YPC's first performances and workshops as the artists-in-residence at the Hong Kong International Youth and Choir Festival, where 80 youth choirs from all over the world participated, to its final performances as artists-in-residence at the Japan Cultural Festival in the Mount Fuji area, the tour was one momentous highlight after another. Every concert was sold out and consistently met with standing ovations. All told, more than 30,000 audience members are now looking forward to YPC's return.

YPC performing "Take This Hammer"
Performance of Take This Hammer

YPC's tour programs were created to showcase YPC's incredible range of music, spanning the renaissance to works by contemporary American composers (including pieces from its Transient Glory series), American folk music, dance, jazz, and gospel numbers. The programs were highlighted by several showstoppers: new arrangements of a medley from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story by YPC pianist Matt Podd, and a cappella arrangements by YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez of Circle of Life and an American chain gang song, performed with fierce intensity by YPC's young men, Take This Hammer.
YPC choristers and staff in Tommy Hilfiger tour uniform in Shanghai
YPC choristers and staff in Tommy Hilfiger tour uniform in Shanghai

Throughout the tour the garments donated by The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, looked as fresh at the end of the tour as it did on the first day. In concerts, many of which were 90 minutes to two hours long, the choristers sang the first half in their uniforms with their trademark multi-colored scarves, but in the second half of the program they took the stage in their new Americana look.

YPC sings Stephen Foster's Beautiful Dreamer
YPC sings Stephen Foster's Beautiful Dreamer

For the choristers, the strenuous tour activities actually began two weeks before they boarded the Cathay Pacific Airways plane at JFK on July 12. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, the singers practiced every piece until it was sung flawlessly, were coached by Elizabeth Núñez on vocal technique to prepare their voices to last throughout the journey, and also worked intensely with YPC choreographer Jacquie Bird to perfect the kinds of intricate dance steps that brought the music further to life. There were no spare moments for these young people. Anytime they were not singing and dancing, the choristers wrote speeches to be given at the concerts, translated them into the different languages of the countries they were about to tour, and then memorized them-in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Concert Chorus member addresses audience in Japanese
Concert Chorus member addresses 
audience in Japanese

Audience members, presenters, and professional artists alike in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Japan were charmed that these young people took the time to speak to them in their local languages and were awestruck by their performances. Throughout their travels, YPC added songs to their programs that were familiar to Chinese or Japanese audiences, all of whom were not only impressed by YPC's fluency in the languages, but also delighted when invited to sing and dance along, giving every concert a feeling of community.

YPC's first stop in Japan was Matsue, where it is said Japan was born and where Shinto gods live, followed by performances in Hiroshima, Tokyo, Hokuto, as well as in two cities where YPC's performances benefited the survivors of the devastating 2011 tsunami - Sendai and Morioka.

Their four concerts in Tokyo were particular highlights of the tour. In YPC's Tokyo debut on July 29, the chorus sang a program that included Mamoru Samuragochi's HIROSHIMA REQUIEM, the first performance of the piece in Japan since its premiere in Hiroshima in 2007 and was honored that the composer himself attended.

YPC with composer Mamoru Samuragochi
YPC with composer Mamoru Samuragochi

Mr. Samuragochi is a second generation survivor of the 1945 nuclear bombing, legally blind, deaf, and crippled from radiation poisoning. He wrote this piece as an expression of his hope for a world free of nuclear weapons, in memory of a 15-year-old young man, who died from post-nuclear complications, the third generation in his family to be affected. Though quite disabled, Mr. Samuragochi made his way to the hall especially for YPC's performance and was extremely moved and honored to be invited to the stage to receive accolades from everyone in the entire concert hall. (This entire concert was recorded for DVD and will be available shortly.)

Rehearsal with Tokyo Philharmonic
Rehearsal with Tokyo Philharmonic

Japan Choral Association festival participants
Japan Choral Association festival participants


A few days later YPC made its Tokyo Philharmonic debut. In two concerts with the orchestra they first sang an arrangement of Riki Tiki Tavi by Francisco J. Núñez, accompanied by a Tokyo Philharmonic percussionist, and then with the entire Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the orchestra's chief conductor Dan Ettinger, sang a choral arrangement of "Goin' Home," a song based on Dvorak's famous "Largo" theme from his Symphony No. 9. Mr. Ettinger, an Israeli known as one of the world's great new young orchestral conductors, was very much taken with the YPC singers. Then before leaving Tokyo, YPC attended a Japan Choral Association festival, where they met and shared songs with 600 children from throughout Japan. YPC was happy to share Dona Nobis Pacem written by Japanese composer Ko Matsushita, from whom YPC had commissioned a Transient Glory piece.

The tour culminated with eight performances over two days on August 5 and 6 at the Japan National Cultural Festival in Hokuto, the last of which was a 40-minute showcase of a program that had been bringing audiences to their feet in every city of their tour. It was streamed live by Ustream and is still available for viewing at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/yamanashi-kokubunsai.    

YPC with children at the Japan National Cultural Festival in Hokuto
YPC with children at the Japan National Cultural Festival in Hokuto

YPC is enormously grateful for all the support that made this tour possible, especially donations from The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, Sony Life Insurance Company, Brother International, Norio Ohga Foundation, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nihon Kodo Company, Toyota North America, and Mrs. Hiroko Onoyama.

The tour was an immense success, winning new friends for YPC and further cementing its reputation as among the finest youth choirs in the world. Not surprisingly, YPC has already received invitations to return.

But first, they have been invited to perform at the European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel in Switzerland in May 2014.  Stay tuned....  


YPC Staff News

YPC is excited to introduce you to new Conducting Fellow, Nathan Reiff; new Education Director, Ron Chronister; Development and Special Events Coordinator, Natalie Nachimson and is pleased to announce the promotions of Maria Peña to Conducting Fellow and Sheldon Ogbourne to Assistant Conductor.

Nathan Reiff, a native of Oregon, holds a BA in music with distinction from Yale University and a MM in choral conducting from the University of Michigan.  At Yale Mr. Reiff was a member and music director of the world renowned Whiffenpoofs and led the group in performances in over 20 countries worldwide, as well as on the WB television series "Gilmore Girls." In Michigan he was co-conductor of the Orpheus Singers, assistant conductor of Arts Chorale and the Residential College Singers, served as music director of the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, and conductor of the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Reiff also taught music at the International School of Trieste in Italy and assisted violinist Midori with the administration of two music education/community-outreach non-profit organizations.

Ronald D. Chronister, the new education director for the Young People's Chorus of New York City, taught music for 37 years in Kansas public schools.  He is a nationally registered music educator and has been a candidate for Kansas Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Chronister frequently presents workshops across the country and has served on the Kansas Music Education Curricular Standards Writing Committee, the Kansas State High School Activities Association Board of Directors, as the Kansas Music Educators Association President, and as the NAfME Southwestern Division President. Mr. Chronister administered YPC's Transient Glory Symposium presented by Carnegie Hall in 2012, designed and administered the NAfME Southwestern Division symposium Music For All: Teaching Music in Urban and Rural Schools, and designed a new bank of lesson plans for YPC'sRadio Radiance new music broadcast series. 

Natalie Nachimson, YPC's new Development and Special Events Coordinator, comes to YPC from the French Heritage Society, where she was Associate Manager of Administration and Programs.  

Maria Peña, who joined YPC in 2012 as an Artistic Assistant, has been named a new YPC Conducting Fellow. Ms. Peña came to YPC from the Jacksonville Children's Chorus Training Choir, where she was the conductor of the ensemble.  A native of Colombia, Ms. Peña holds a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude in Voice Performance from the University of North Florida, where she was assistant conductor of the UNF Chorale, Chamber Singers, and co-conducted the Women's Chorale. 

Sheldon Ogbourne joined YPC as a Conducting Fellow in 2011 and for the past two years has been a coordinator and teacher in YPC's Satellite Program in New York City Schools and a co-conductor of YPC's Amani division.  Mr. Ogbourne, a YPC alumnus and one of the first members of the Young Men's Division of YPC, graduated from Morehouse College with honors in 2008 and was previously a music instructor at the Branson School, a private high school in Northern California.  


Life Is A Journey

A reminder that thanks to Louis  Vuitton, “Life is a Journey,” written by Francisco J  Núñez and Jim Papoulis, with words by YPC choristers is now available on iTunes and CD Baby.  It’s been described by one chorister as “cool with a world music groove.”  Take a listen, and please support YPC by purchasing a copy. Just 99¢! Click to purchase on iTunes or CD Baby.



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