Young People's Chorus of New York City

Young People's Chorus of New York City

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity, brilliant showmanship, and innovative model of diversity. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, YPC’s spectacular artistry has been showcased in award-winning performances around the world.

With repertoire that spans Renaissance and classical traditions through gospel, folk, jazz, pop, contemporary and world music, YPC also continually invigorates its catalogue of music for young voices by commissioning pieces of diverse music from many of the most distinguished and emerging composers of our time. The chorus frequently inspires invitations from a wide range of cultural institutions and festivals, and most recently performed in front of a national televised audience during the 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial and at the renowned Global Citizen Live festival.

Among YPC’s many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was presented to members of YPC at the White House. Under the direction of YPC’s Associate Artistic Director, Elizabeth Núñez, YPC also earned the distinction of “Choir of the World” in July 2018 at the International Choral Kathaumixw (Powell River, British Columbia), marking the first time a North American chorus has ever won this title in the 34-year history of Kathaumixw. YPC has received a Chorus America Education Outreach Award, two Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and a 2017 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. 

Over 1,500 children from ages 7 to 18 participate annually in YPC. Four hundred choristers sing in its core after-school program, and under the direction of Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez, 1,000 children participate through YPC’s satellite program in New York City schools, in addition to more than 120 children in YPC’s two thriving after-school community choruses in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and at Goddard Riverside Community Center.


Wednesday, March 02 | 7:00 PM
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Opera Film New York Premiere

With a stellar cast of opera greats including baritone Lester Lynch, soprano Marnie Breckenridge, tenor Nathan Granner, and bass-baritone Kevin Short this innovative re-imagining of opera-on-film, as directed by Brian Staufenbiel and conducted by Nicole Paiement, is presented in partnership with New York City Opera.
Illustration: © A+E=Balbusso Twins

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