The New York Philharmonic

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Biography

Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship. Founded by artistic director Francisco J. Núñez, YPC’s spectacular artistry has been showcased in award-winning performances around the world. With repertoire that spans Renaissance and Classical traditions through gospel, folk, jazz, pop, contemporary, and world music, YPC also continually invigorates its catalogue of music for young voices by commissioning pieces from many of the most distinguished and emerging composers of our time.

YPC has inspired invitations to collaborate and perform from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities. In 2019 YPC was invited to join Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic, and The Crossing in the acclaimed world premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, the live Decca Gold recording of which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. YPC has also appeared on national television shows including CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s Today Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Among YPC’s many awards is a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, America’s highest honor for youth programs. YPC also earned the distinction of “Choir of the World” in July 2018 at the International Choral Kathaumixw, marking the first time a North American chorus has ever been given this title. The chorus 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.

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). In establishing YPC, he has created an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen heights of artistry and recognition among composers for the child’s voice as a significant instrument for making music. Núñez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, is sought after as a guest conductor and master teacher by orchestras and choirs nationwide, and is a collaborator with arts organizations worldwide. His commitment to the arts, youth, and diversity has been recognized through numerous awards and honors including ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Award, the New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award, and Bang on a Can’s Visionary Award. NYU Steinhardt has presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award, and he holds honorary doctor of music degrees from both Ithaca College and Gettysburg College.

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