|News & Events 2015-2016|
The Young People's Chorus of New York City flew to Munich to sing on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, in the European Broadcasting Union's Euroradio International Choral Competition performances. YPC was selected by American Public Media (APM) as the only U.S. chorus to represent the United States in these performances.
Watch YPC's first-place performance in the recorded live stream at time code 18:00:
On Sunday, September 27, Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez welcomed 140 choristers, alumnae, and professional women (WIT Pros) to the Grand Hyatt Hotel for YPC's second annual WIT Conference. WIT "Women Inspiring Tomorrow," a mentorship program for high school girls, was founded by Elizabeth last season and is one of several programs that go beyond music to fulfill the children's potential and inspire excellence in everything they do. For young women, in particular, the need is especially important to build the kind of self-confidence that will empower them as they navigate their way through school, career, and family.
To prepare the choristers for this conference, a "WITiquette" session was held several days beforehand advising chorus members how to dress for the conference and how to mingle. Leading the discussion were two volunteers from Travelers - Lisa Tepper and Angela Korolis - and YPC alumnae Stephanie Preiss and Charlotte Lyshoir.
On Sunday "Gravitas Guru" Raleigh Mayer set the tone by teaching everyone the most impactful way of introducing themselves and the right way to shake hands.
Zara Atal, a YPC alumna from the class of 2010, gave an inspiring talk about her surprising (even to her) career path, which has now led to her work in academic medical science research. She advised her listeners to take every opportunity to explore anything and everything and closed with the challenge for every woman present: "Don't box us in!"
A panel discussion followed, featuring three remarkable professional women speaking about subjects valuable to young women beginning their careers, such as the advantages and hazards of social media; how mentors have influenced and shaped their careers, and gender inequality.
The panel comprised Corey Beck - Investment Analyst at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Erin Billups - Health Reporter at Time Warner Cable's NY1 News and YPC alumna; and Stefanie Kane - Assurance Partner of Entertainment, Media, and Communications at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The attendees loved the event and agreed the information really hit home.
Noa said: "I think it was really cool to hear about the ways the women are fighting gender inequalities in their jobs." A comment that really struck Sarea was: "The answer is always 'no' unless you ask."
Brianne said, "Talking to real people who had gone through it and done it successfully even with some slight detours along the way, was a great way to boost my confidence."
Thalia felt "it was a great way to learn about women in the workforce and how to interact with other people."
Alyssa said, "I came here today because I want to feel empowered. I want to believe in myself, push myself and grow more this year."
Lisa Tepper, who came with three of her colleagues from Travelers said, "This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with these young women. Mentors were very important to me in what I have been able to accomplish. Now, I want to share my experience to help others achieve their dreams."
iKeerti thought was really nice to be able to talk to people at different stages of their lives. "People had a lot of great advice to give about college and about jobs and just finding what you're passionate about and doing it."
Bethany enjoyed hearing about the balance between these women and their family lives and their careers and how they're able to balance both and be successful in both.
Here are additional photos from the WIT Conference.
Photos by Stephanie Berger
On Friday, September 25, the Young People's Chorus of New York city was invited by the Archdiocese of New York to sing for Pope Francis at the multi-religious gathering seen worldwide from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. YPC was especially honored, as the pope's message of unity and inclusiveness is the mission on which YPC was founded 27 years ago.
Under the director of Francisco J. Núñez, the YPC choristers sang a special arrangement of Let There Be Peace on Earth before an audience included representatives of world religions.
Click here for the official schedule of Pope Francis’s historic first papal visit to the U.S.
Epiphany: The Cycle of Life
A production of VisionIntoArt, Young People’s Chorus of New York City,
and 3Legged Dog
In BAM’s Next Wave Festival 2015 at Fishman Space
Four world premiere performances from November 4 to 7 at 7:30 p.m.
An hour-long journey through labyrinths of light in a musical ode to life with Zimbabwean singer Netsayi and YPC performing music by Paola Prestini and Sarah Kirkland Snider, while surreal videos and 3D imagery by Ali Hossaini pulsate with epic chronologies and whirling constellations that merge with musical epiphanies that reveal the epic connectedness of all things.
For a brief glimpse, watch below or click here:
Tickets are available now at BAM by clicking here.
Original music by Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Netsayi
Libretto by Niloufar Talebi and Nathaniel Bellows
Conducted by Francisco J. Núñez
Film by Ali Hossaini
Directed by Michael McQuilken
YPC Returns Home from California Summer Tour with
Five Gold Medals and Admiration from the International Choral Community
YPC Celebrates Golden Gate Success
Two divisions of the Young People's Chorus of New York City -Cantare and Chorale- returned home this summer from an extraordinary California tour, where they combined to win five gold medals at Oakland's Golden Gate International Choral Competition and Festival. Based on their scores, YPC was awarded 3 First-Place gold medals in the Youth Historical, Gospel, and Contemporary categories and 2 Second-Place gold medals in the Youth Folk and Children's Folk categories.The YPC choristers gave their all in rehearsals and performances with YPC Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez. They also had the extraordinary opportunity to meet, sing, and learn about other choristers from the U.S., Canada, Estonia, Austria, China, Poland, Indonesia, and Finland, who all fell in love with the happy, friendly, funny, and energetic singers from New York City.
From Oakland, YPC's Chorale moved on to Napa for two "remarkable" (Napa Valley Register) concerts in YPC's Festival del Sole debut. (Click here for the full review.)
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
From July 12 to 18, members of Cantare and the YPC Chorale traveled to California for the 2015 Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival. While in the Bay Area, they took part in a week of rehearsals, public performances, competitions, and the opportunity to build international friendships with young people from other choruses that included 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 continued 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.