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Young People's Chorus of New York City

New York, NY         

Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) 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. YPC stands apart for its equal devotion to developing our methods of bringing together young people from all socio-economic backgrounds and to ensuring that our repertoire includes the most exciting new music.

There are currently nearly 1,400 young people, ages 7-18, participating in YPC through its core after-school program, Satellite Schools Program in New York City public schools, and Community Chorus Program in Washington Heights. Our choristers hail from all five boroughs, representing the full breadth of New York City’s cultural diversity.

YPC is regarded as a trailblazer for its innovative and adventurous artistic programming.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. To date, YPC has commissioned and premiered 79 pieces through our Transient Glory and Radio Radience series, by contemporary composers including Meredith Monk, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and many others. A New Yorker review of a YPC performance of commissioned music described the chorus as “so sophisticated it could put many adult choirs to shame.”

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 represented the U.S. at the 2012 World Choral Summit in Beijing; 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 the summer of 2013, our choristers gave performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and six Japanese cities—including a premiere with the Tokyo Philharmonic—and performed live on Chinese and Japanese television in a month-long tour. For its next tour this spring, YPC has been invited as artists in residence and the only non-European chorus to participate in the 9th European Festival of Youth Choirs in Basel, Switzerland.

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.

Things Heaven and Hell

Young People’s Chorus of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, performs live at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in 2011 at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention. “Things Heaven and Hell” from Three Heavens and Hells by Meredith Monk was commissioned by the YPC for their Transient Glory® series in 2007. Jacquie Bird, choreographer.

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About YPC (including interviews with composers, clips of new music)

2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardee, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ was founded by artistic director and 2011 MacArthur fellow, Francisco J. Núñez.

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