Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder
Chorus Prepared by Sophia Papoulis, YPC Associate Conductor
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), culminating its 30th anniversary year this month, is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, YPC has created an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen heights of artistry, and recognition among composers of the child’s voice as a significant, but often untapped, instrument for making music. YPC’s acclaimed artistry has inspired invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities on four continents. YPC was the first American chorus to win first prize in the 54-year history of the European Broadcasting Union’s Let the Peoples Sing choral competition, the first youth chorus to open Lincoln Center’s venerable Mostly Mozart Festival, and just this past summer, the only North American chorus to be named "Choir of the World" in the 34-year history of the International Choral Kathaumixw competition in British Columbia. Each year nearly 2,000 children benefit musically, academically, and socially through their participation in YPC's after-school, in-school, and community programs. Among YPC's many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director/founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City(YPC). Mr. Núñez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, its fifth conductor since the all-men’s chorus was established in 1894 and is sought after nationwide as a guest conductor, a master teacher, and a frequent keynote speaker as a leading authority on the role of music in achieving equality and diversity among children in today’s society. Mr. Núñez holds honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Ithaca College and Gettysburg College.