January 17, 2015
YPC with University Glee Club
Alice Tully Hall

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March 2, 2015
YPC Gala
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Save the Date

Young People's Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Núñez, Founder/Artistic Director
News & Events 2014-2015

NEWS from PREVIOUS SEASONS: 

 

YPC Featured on the CNN New Day Holiday Special
December 25 from 6 to 9a.m.


YPC Chorale and Francisco Núñez on the set of the CNN New Day Holiday Special taping with hosts Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota.

 

YPC is special guest of the University Glee Club of New York City
at Alice Tully Hall Saturday, January 17, at 8 p.m.

YPC will be the guests of the University Glee Club of New York City (UGC), the venerable, all-men’s choir in a concert that celebrates two momentous occasions:  the 120th anniversary year of UGC and the 20th anniversary of the first collaboration between UGC and YPC in 1995 at the very site of their initial association--Alice Tully Hall.  Francisco Núñez, who in addition to being the artistic director and founder of YPC, has also led UGC since 2000, will lead both choirs in a program of classical and contemporary gems, with a special highlight that includes Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.  For tickets click here.

 

YPC Holiday Recordings

Audiences can continue to enjoy this music and more at home with YPC singles of Share the Joy, What is Christmas Made Of, and I Wish plus CoolSide of Yuletide, an entire album of specially arranged holiday classics and new holiday songs. availablehere on iTunes.

 
 
 

YPC is also featured on Joshua Bell's acclaimed 2013 holiday album Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends, in which he is joined by his musical friends in everyone's favorite holiday music.  The CD is available on Amazon and on iTunes

 

YPC Getting Ready for the Holidays

Saturday, December 13, at 3:30 p.m.
Fort  George Presbyterian Church
1525 St. Nicholas Avenue between 186th and 187th Streets

The Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH) comes to the Fort George Presbyterian Church on December 13 to sing a free holiday concert for the Washington Heights-Inwood community.  Led by YPC Conducting Fellow Maria Peña, the chorus of nearly 100 voices is looking forward to performing a festive program of holiday fare for music lovers of all ages.

Admission is FREE.  Bring your family and friends.  All are welcome.

 

Thursday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
YPC Returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral
Fifth Avenue and 51st Street 

St. Patrick's Cathedral once again welcomes the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez to sing in its annual "A City Singing at Christmas" celebration of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols. Also performing are the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir conducted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the cathedral's director of music; the New York City Master Chorale led by Artistic Director Thea Kano, as well as the New York Symphonic Brass and Daniel Brondel on The Cathedral Organ. 

Admission is FREE.  Come early for best seats.  More information is available here. 


Photo: Christopher Hall

 

YPC Winter Concert, Saturday, December 6

Saturday, December 6, at 3:30 at 7 p.m.
at 92nd Street Y at Lexington Avenue

All divisions of the Young People's Chorus of New York City excitedly prepared for two performances of one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the season, their annual winter concert at the 92nd Street Y.


Photo: Stephanie Berger

Themed "Holidays in Our Home," the concerts, featuring YPC's award-winning choristers in a program of favorite holiday music from the past and present, were complemented by videos and reminiscences of family stories of their holiday traditions.

The 3:30 matinee performance openend with special guests-the Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights (YPCWH) -the amazing choristers from YPC's first after-school community program in Washington Heights.

 

 

YPC's Twin Cities Debut


Photo: Nancy Bloom

On November 20, Francisco J. Núñez and 40 members of the Young People's Chorus of New York City departed from New York for their Twin Cities debut, where from November 20 to 23, they were presented by one of the very top professional choirs in the country, VocalEssence and its Artistic Director Philip Brunelle.

YPC's packed schedule was highlighted by a two-hour concert on Saturday, November 22, at Roseville Lutheran Church, the concluding event of this year's ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Minnesota State Conference. Over the four days of the tour, YPC also gave workshops for high school students in Minnesota and St. Paul, recorded for later broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's Performance Today, and gave a free concert at the Plymouth Congregational Church Sunday service on November 23, the morning they returned home.

In welcoming YPC and Francisco, Philip Brunelle said, "I am thrilled that, at last, VocalEssence can present the Young People's Chorus of New York City and Francisco Núñez.  I regard YPC as the finest youth choir in North America, with no exception!" 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Profile of Francisco J. Nez on Fox & Friends

Each year the Ailes Apprentice Program celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
with a series of inspiring stories from the Hispanic/Latino community.
This year, among four individuals featured, was YPC Artistic Director/Founder
Francisco J. Nez in a report that appeared on Fox & Friends.
Please click here to view the report or watch below.

 

 

WIT Inaugural Luncheon Draws 140 YPC Choristers, Alumnae, and WIT Pros

Manhattan's Grand Hyatt Hotel was the gathering place for the inaugural luncheon of YPC's new mentorship program for its female high school choristers WIT: Women Inspiring Tomorrow on September 13.  Fifty choristers were expected, but word of the event prompted 70 to attend, along with 33 YPC alumnae, and 37 WIT Pros, women eager to share their professional experiences with both the alumnae and the chorus members. Creator of WIT, Elizabeth Núñez, welcomed all and got the luncheon off to the right start by leading all of the attendees in song.

Photos by Stephanie Berger


Elizabeth Núñez welcomes guests and leads everyone in song

In preparation for the solid success of this luncheon, two YPC alumnae Elizabeth Cooper Mullin (2006) and Stephanie Preiss (2007) brought the choristers together to go over everything they needed to know to be comfortable and to get the most out of this experience.  Elizabeth and Stephanie talked with them about how to dress for the occasion, manners, such as how to introduce themselves to others and how to dine at a formal luncheon; how to be an active listener; and how to mingle.  They were even give a list of several questions to memorize so that they would always be prepared with something to say to start a conversation or keep it going.

Among the special guest speakers were alumna Eva McKend (2007), the mistress of ceremonies; Keynote Speaker Susan Davenport Austin, Vice Chairman of Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation and Chairman of BMI, Inc.; and the "Gravitas Guru," Raleigh Mayer. Alumna Brette Trost (2009) also spoke, as did fellow alumna Christine Lu (2012).


Mistress of ceremonies Eva McKend spoke about how her experiences as a YPC chorister shaped her development

Keynote speaker Susan Davenport Austin, advised the choristers to trust their instincts and take time to pay back

YPC alumna Brette Trost advised 
choristers to not limit themselves to the expectations of others

Christina Lu (2012) encouraged the choristers to blaze their own trails and to be open to accepting help and advice

Thanks to board member May Lau, proper business attire and make-up by Bobbi Brown were demonstrated with a fashion show by 10 choristers in beautiful Lord & Taylor outfits of their choice.


YPC Choristers dressed for WIT Fashion Show

All in attendance believed that mentoring young women was an important step for YPC to take. As YPC alumna Dena Tasse-Winter (2004) remarked:  "As alumnae we can really connect with the choristers and learn from each other." 

YPC chorister, Zoe Kaznelson, a high school sophomore, said, "I like to meet new people who can give me their points of view.  I'm taking it all in when it comes to careers right now."  And thinking ahead, she added, "I want to give that kind of support to others."


"Gravitas Guru" Raleigh Mayer emphasized the importance of appearance and made everyone practice their handshake

Practicing handshakes

 


YPC board member Deborah McManus (in blue) with YPC choristers
and alumnae (l to r) Thalia St. Hubert, Mary Joe Fernandez,
Christina Lu, Rose Labarre (2013), and Asila Folds.

 


YPC alumnae (l to r) Nzinga Young (2006), Kate Previte (2005), WIT mistress of ceremonies Eve McKend, Jude Warne (2007), and Rachel Grimmelmann (2007)

YPC board member Beth Whitman chats with choristers

Ann Meier Baker, president and CEO of
Chorus America shares a laugh
with Asila Folds

Elizabeth Núñez chats with NYC Department
of Education Director of Music
Barbara Murray and chorister Emily Ma

                                

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