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Young People's Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder

Young People's Chorus of New York City
1995 "Broadway, Suite 305
New York, NY 10023

YPC Contacts:

Francisco J. Nuñez, Artistic Director/Founder - fnunez@ypc .org
Nancy Bloom, Executive Producer -
Angela Duryea, Public Relations Coordinator -

YPC Mission
It is the mission of the Young People's Chorus of New York City to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance that seeks to fulfill each child's potential, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community.

Short History

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, founded in 1988 its Artistic Director and 2011 MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Núñez, and has become one of the most celebrated and influential youth choruses in the world and a model that is being adopted by other U.S. cities and underdeveloped countries.

More than 1,200 children from ages seven to 18 participate annually through YPC's core after-school program, its Satellite program in New York City schools, as well as national affiliates in Erie, Pennsylvania, Tenafly, New Jersey, and the Dominican Republic.

YPC's after-school program of over 350 children comprises six divisions: Prelude Chorus (7-10); Intermezzo Chorus (10-15); Cantare Chorus (advanced 11-16); Concert Chorus (12-18); Amani (males 11-14) with changed voices; and Young Men's Chorus (males 14-18) with changed voices. YPC's Satellite Schools program serves some 900 children in nine New York City public schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Through its Transient Glory commissioning series and its Radio Radiance radio/digital media/ internet program (presented in partnership with American Public Media), the Young People's Chorus of New York City has expanded and invigorated the repertoire of choral music for young people with more than 60 works by today's most respected and award-winning composers. These new music masterpieces are being published by Boosey & Hawkes, in association with Chester Novello. G. Schirmer and other music publishers, so that other choruses worldwide can sing them as well.

In residence at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, YPC performs on four continents with upcoming invitations to represent the North American continent at the World Choral Summit in Beijing, China in July 2012 and as one of only two youth choruses to appear at the Polyfollia Choral Showcase in Normandy, France later this year. YPC releases acclaimed recordings from across the musical spectrum and collaborates with many of the most highly regarded composers, performers, and cultural organizations of our time, among them, Carnegie Hall, Bang on a Can, Stephen Petronio Dance Company, The New York Pops, American Ballet Theatre, American Composers Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Kronos Quartet, and the JACK Quartet, to name just a few. Their frequent TV appearances have included Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN En Español, ABC News with Diane Sawyer, and an Emmy Award-winning feature on From the Top at Carnegie Hall, among many others.

Instructors - bios

Francisco J. Nunez - Artistic Director/Founder
Francisco J. Núñez, a 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is a composer, conductor, visionary, and leading figure in music education. He founded YPC to provide children of all backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth and to date has changed the lives of thousands of young people. Mr. Nunez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, its fifth conductor since the all-men's choir was established in 1894. He is sought after as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs nationwide and was named music director of Coca Cola's 125th anniversary year. As a composer he has won acclaim for seamlessly fusing a wide gamut of cultures and musical idioms. His countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles-from classical to pop-for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments are published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Continuing his long history of bringing children of all backgrounds together to lead fuller, more productive lives, Mr. Nunez is collaborating with the Dominican Republic on a national children's choral movement as part of a nationwide effort to unite the country's young people. This effort, modeled after his work with YPC, is a first step in bringing the Dominican community together through the arts. As an authority on the subject, Mr. Nunez is often invited to give keynote addresses on the role of music in achieving equality and diversity among children in today's society. Among his many awards are an ASCAP Concert Music Award, a New York Choral Society Award, and a Liberty Award from the New York Post. Hispanic Business Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics of 2005, and La Sociedad Coral Latinoamericana honored as its 2009 Man of the Year. As a writer Mr. Núñez is published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

Elizabeth Núñez - Associate Conductor
Elizabeth Núñez, associate conductor of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, created and directs YPC's Cantare division and serves as vocal coach for all other YPC divisions. As the director of the YPC Satellite School Program, she works with New York City public schools to bring the YPC choral experience to an additional 900 children annually. Since joining YPC in 2004, Mrs. Núñez has led Cantare at international choral festivals in Kathaumixw, British Columbia, and Llangollen, Wales. This season she leads Cantare at the acclaimed Adolf Fredrik Choral Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, where Cantare will be the first American choir ever invited to participate in this international choral festival. Mrs. Núñez has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and for national television. She made her Metropolitan Opera singing debut in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2007 and returned to the role in 2010. She is also the founding artistic director of SoHarmoniums, a women's community chorus; and gives workshops around the country as a choral clinician and conductor.

Sophia Miller - Assistant Conductor
Sophia Miller, assistant conductor of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, serves as director of the Prelude division, co-conductor of the Intermezzo division, and as vocal coach and assistant conductor of all other divisions. She directs the YPC College Bound Program as well as the Partner Schools Program, and teaches in YPC's Satellite Schools, bringing the acclaimed YPC choral program into public schools throughout New York City. Since joining YPC in 2007, Ms. Miller has conducted at the 92nd Street Y, Núñez Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and Symphony Space, and has prepared YPC choruses for television appearances, recording sessions, and performances on such stages as Carnegie Hall and Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and with such artists as the Kronos Quartet, the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, and The New York Pops. She is the music director of SoHo Voce, a women's ensemble based in New York City, and is active as a studio recording artist for commercial, film, and choral demos. As a choral clinician, she has given workshops and guest conducted in New England and New York State as well as at the NYC School for Strings. Ms. Miller is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music, where she studied conducting with Dr. Janet Galván.


  • 2011 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
  • 5 Gold Medals in World Choir Olympics competitions in Bremen, Germany and Graz, Austria;
  • Chorus America's Education Outreach Award
  • 2 Chorus American/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming
  • WNET/Thirteen Community Hall of Fame
  • National Medal of Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Nominees in Bush and Clinton Administrations.

In the News

Wall Street Journal - "The Power to Foster Social Renewal Through Song"

New York Times - "Fresh Music and Spice, Stirred Up With Batons"

Huffington Post - "More Music Please"

From the Top - Singing, Strumming and Skating

Concert/Program Schedule

March 12, Young People's of New York City Gala - 7 p.m.
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center (60th Street and Broadway)
New York, NY
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CenterCharge - 212-721-6500

March 29, American Mavericks - 8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800

March 31, Carnegie Hall Family Sing - FREE ADMISSION - 7 p.m.
Schomburg Center
Harlem, New York
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May 24, Satellite Schools Concert - FREE ADMISSION - 11 a.m.
92nd Street Y
New York, NY
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April 24 to May 2, 2012
Adolf Fredrik Children's Choral Festival
Stockholm Sweden

June 9, YPC Spring Concert - 7 p.m.
92nd Street Y
New York, NY
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July 15 to 21, 2012
World Choral Summit
Beijing, China
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"Nothing beats performing a world premiere with the Young People's Chorus of New York City."
David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

"YPC sang [Four Heartfelt Anthems] with precision and artistry at the highest level. Every marking was observed. They sang so incredibly, it was inhuman…Francisco Nunez is the Horowitz of the choral world."
David Del Tredici, composer

These young singers are notable for the beauty of their youthfully pure voices and for their technical sophistication."
The New York Times

"A superb ensemble with pan-stylistic programming and supreme precision."

"The Young People's Chorus of New York City, one of New York City's artistic treasures…"
Opera News

"In Michael Gordon's 'Exalted' another premiere, the young singers brought admirable spirit and assurance to a taut, urgent and tonally sophisticated setting of the first line from the Kaddish."
The New York Times

"…a superb ensemble of young voices largely representative of the city's mix of cultures and socio-economic levels."
Choir & Organ (London)

"This teen-age chorus's latest program is so sophisticated it could put many adult choirs to shame."
The New Yorker

Two short audio samples

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