Young People’s Chorus of New York City
The Young People's Chorus of New York City, the resident choir of the 92nd Street Y,
has distinguished itself as one of the finest youth choruses in the world. Founded by its artistic
director Francisco J. Núñez in 1988 with a commitment to diversity and musical excellence, it
has more than fulfilled its promise. The chorus has won cheers for its performances on three
continents, singing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and the White House to Smetana Hall in
Prague and St. Martin in the Fields in London and representing the United States at the Seventh
World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto in 2005. The chorus returns to Japan in summer
2009 for a four-week, 19-city tour of the country and most recently, was honored to sing for
Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium on his first papal visit to the U.S. When YPC was
named resident chorus of WNYC, New York public radio, it became the first children’s chorus in
residence at any U.S. radio station.
Each year, YPC serves more than 1100 children from 7 to 18 from the New York City
area through its core after-school program and its satellite program in nine of the city’s public
schools. Over the years, YPC has brought together hundreds of children of all ethnic, religious,
and economic backgrounds who have worked together, learned together, made lifelong friends,
and developed not only their exceptional artistic and creative abilities, but also the skills that will
serve them throughout their lives. This month the chorus is being featured on PBS-TV’s From
the Top at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to its many awards and acclaimed performances, YPC has impacted the
world of choral music itself. Since 2001 YPC has commissioned more than 50 pieces of music
for children’s chorus from a Who’s Who of today’s most respected composers as part of YPC's
Transient Glory concert series. All of this music is being published so that other choruses the
world over can share in the performance of these compositions. Nineteen of these works are
included on two acclaimed Transient Glory recordings.
YPC has won gold medals in international choral competitions in North America and
Europe. This month the Concert Chorus and the Young Men’s Division are competing in the
2008 Choir Olympics in Graz, Austria, and the Cantare Division is competing in the International
Choral Kathaumixw Festival and Competition in British Columbia. Young People’s Chorus of
New York City has received a 2005 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous
Programming and Chorus America’s 2006 Education Outreach Award. They have also been
cited as a recognized leader in demonstrating a strong commitment to urban at-risk youth by the
New York State Assembly and the Mayor of New York City and as a “national model of artistic
excellence and diversity” by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
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