Young People's Chorus of New York City

Young People's Chorus of New York City

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 spanning Renaissance, classical, gospel, folk, jazz, pop, and contemporary traditions, YPC also continually invigorates its catalog 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 recently performed in front of a national televised audience during the 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial; at the renowned Global Citizen Live festival; at the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Light Show, alongside guest speaker Michelle Obama; and at the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Among YPC’s many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, 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” at the 2018 International Choral Kathaumixw, marking the first time a North American chorus has ever won this title. 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.


Thursday, July 14 | 11:00 AM
Novack Concert for Kids: Young People's Chorus of NYC

Open to families with children. Adults must be accompanied by a child to attend.

Founded in 1988 by visionary conductor, composer, and educator Francisco J. Núñez, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City is recognized worldwide for its award-winning performances and spectacular artistry. Praised by The New York Times for its “affecting vocal beauty and impressive skill,” the ensemble performs a special program selected for the children and families of the Napa Valley.

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Saturday, July 16 | 6:30 PM
Young People's Chorus of NYC

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, led by Francisco J. Núñez, returns to Festival Napa Valley. The evening includes the world premiere of Polaris by Nia Imani Franklin along with Gordon Getty’s Young America. Renowned baritone Lester Lynch reunites with the chorus for a selection of hymns and spirituals. Also performing are the winners of this year’s Manetti Shrem Opera Prize: soprano Mikayla Sager and tenor Mario Chang.

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