Young People’s Chorus of New York City
|Francisco J. Núñez|
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) ® http://www.ypc.org provides children of all ethnic, religious, economic backgrounds, and disabilities with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community. The Young People's Chorus was founded by MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Núñez in 1988 "to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth."
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City 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. Founded by Mr. Núñez on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.
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.
Almost 1,400 children from ages 7 to 18 participate annually through YPC’s core after-school program, its Satellite program in New York City public schools and since 2012, a new after-school community chorus in New York City’s Washington Heights in two divisions.
The repertoire of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City ranges from the Renaissance and classical traditions through gospel/folk, pop, contemporary, and world music. Through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music series, YPC has commissioned and premiered over 70 pieces of music from today’s most distinguished composers, extending and invigorating the repertoire. Through its Transmusica series YPC collaborates with choruses from as far as Indonesia and Australia in cross-cultural performances that build understanding and bridges among other societies and cultures of the world
YPC Worldwide Collaborations
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 accepted invitations to represent the U.S. in Kyoto’s Seventh World Symposium in 2005 and to represent North America at the 2012 World Choral Summit in Beijing. It 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. YPC participated in a month-long tour of Asia, beginning in Hong Kong where it was the invited as the artist-in-residence of the Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choral Festival before moving on to performances in Shanghai and six Japanese cities, including Hiroshima and Tokyo. YPC in 2014 was invited to be Artist-In-Residence at the European Festival of Youth Choirs in Basel, Switzerland. This year YPC concentrates on the United States with tours to Minnesota, Florida, and California.
YPC is frequently seen on national television, including an Emmy Award-winning feature on PBS-TV’s “From the Top at Carnegie Hall,” NBC-TV’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, ABC-TV's Good Morning America, CNN's "New Day", "Fox & Friends", and Nickelodeon among many others. They have also appeared on the Thanksgiving Day Parade Special and in a Coca-Cola TV commercial.
Awards and Honors
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. YPC holds almost a dozen gold medals won in international choral competitions in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. Among its many other awards and honors are Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award and two Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. YPC was one of the first inductees in the WNET/Thirteen Community Hall of Fame and has been recognized for its work with urban at-risk youth by the New York State Assembly, the Mayor of the City of New York, and the Manhattan Borough President. In 2011 YPC was presented with nation’s highest award for youth programs—a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award—by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.