Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the Artistic Director/founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC). In establishing YPC, Núñez has created an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen heights of artistry and recognition. Núñez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, its fifth conductor since the all-men’s chorus was established in 1894.
He is sought after as a guest conductor, master teacher, and collaborator by orchestras, choirs, and arts organizations worldwide. He recently curated an installation with High Line Nine of live performances, video, art, and film, highlighting 15 musical premieres by YPC. The many achievements of YPC led Núñez to establish YPC National, which is now expanding the YPC model to children’s choruses beyond New York City. As a composer, Núñez creates countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments. Among his many awards and honors are ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Award, the New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award, and Bang on a Can’s Visionary Award. NYU Steinhardt has presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award, and he holds honorary Doctor of Music degrees from both Ithaca College and Gettysburg College.
Gordon Getty's celebrated opera reimagined for film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, receives a special screening at the historic Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. Getty’s fourth opera is based on the popular 1934 book Goodbye, Mr. Chips and other stories by James Hilton. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel, the film features tenor Nathan Granner, soprano Marnie Breckenridge, baritone Lester Lynch, and bass-baritone Kevin Short. The orchestra of stellar Bay Area players is conducted by Nicole Paiement. Members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, also perform.