March 2, 2015
YPC Gala
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Details here

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March 11, 2015
Japan Benefit
Carnegie Hall

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March 22, 2015
YPC in "Meredith Monk and Friends"
Zankel Hall

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



Gala Box Office Opens Monday, February 2

Mark your calendars now for best seats for YPC's spectacular annual gala concert, featuring the Young People's Chorus of New York City, The New York Pops, and special guests from the Broadway stage to be announced shortly.

Tickets for YPC's Monday, March 2 Gala concert in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center go on sale on Monday, February 2. Purchase early for best seats.

Tickets for the Gala concert only start at $60 and are available at the box office (60th and Broadway), from CenterCharge 212-721-6500, or at

Tickets for the Gala concert and dinner at the Mandarin Oriental are available by calling the YPC Gala Coordinator at 212-289-7779, Ext. 16 or email

See the Gala page here.



Alumni News

YPC Alumna Nia Drummond featured on PBS Great Performances special, American Voices with Renee Fleming, Kennedy Center's American Voices Festival, Masterclass with Kim Burrell
YPC Alumna Nia Drummond
In case you missed it, YPC alumna Nia Drummond was featured on PBS Friday, January 9 on the star-studded Great Performances special, American Voices with Renée Fleming. The 90-minute special offers an overview of the Kennedy Center's American Voices Festival created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November 2013.  It features such vocal masters as Eric Owens, Dianne Reeves, and Alison Krauss in master classes with various emerging artists, including Nia Drummond who was presented in a gospel master class with Kim Burrell.  Nia, who graduated from YPC in 2012, is a YoungArts award-winner and is currently on a full vocal scholarship at SUNY Fredonia. 

Watch the entire program at   Nia's gospel master class begins at Time Code 31:45.

YPC Alumus Jamal Marcelin in the special holiday edition of NBC's 'The Sing-Off' last month, as part of the 12-member, all-male Melodores from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee
YPC Alumnus Jamal Marcelin on NBC

In the special holiday edition of NBC's The Sing-Off in December, the 12-member, all-male Melodores from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, which includes Jamal Marcelin (YPC 2013), became the first collegiate champion of the show. While collegiate groups have competed in each season of the hit a cappella series since 2009, this is the first time one took home the ultimate prize.

Click here to see Jamal and the rest of the group singing "Trumpets" on The Sing-Off.



YPC Joined University Glee Club of New York City in Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, January 17, Alice Tully Hall

YPC was the guest of the University Glee Club of New York City (UGC), the venerable, all-men's choir in a concert that celebrated 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, led both choirs in a program of classical and contemporary gems, with a special highlight that included Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.



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 Celebrating 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) came 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 performed a festive program of holiday fare for music lovers of all ages.


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 welcomed 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 were 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. 

Photo: Christopher Hall


Winter "Holidays in Our Home" Concert
December 6, 2014

Both the matinee and evening holiday concerts by the Young People's Chorus of New York City on December 6, sparkled with energy and the gorgeous sounds of young voices celebrating the beautiful music and traditions of the season. 

Intermezzo sang a spirited set of German, Hebrew and American Holiday music


Prelude choristers charmed all in the audience


The Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights in bright red sweaters provided a lively opening of the matinee.

Cantare and Amani sang excerpts from Miracle! the Hanukkah opera for children
by Victoria Bond and Susan L. Roth


The choristers and the audience were so excited to welcome City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal from the Upper West Side and Ben Kallos from the Upper East Side to the evening concert where they both spoke enthusiastically about YPC.

City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal
took a selfie with the choristers

City Councilmember Ben Kallos
posed for pictures with the choristers 


YPC Chorale's winning voices brought heartfelt meaning to the music they sang


YPC closed the program with holiday wishes to all




YPC's Twin Cities Tour a Resounding Success
November 20-23, 2014

YPC sang to a capacity crowd in a two-hour concert at Roseville Lutheran Church

The Young People's Chorus of New York City was presented by VocalEssence, one of the country's top professional choirs, and its amazingly creative Artistic Director Philip Brunelle, in an extraordinary four-day residency from November 20 to 23 in the Twin Cities, the world's capital of the choral singing. While there, they won over everyone they touched-from the area's high school students and its music loving citizens, Minnesota Public Radio announcers and staff, to the participants in Minnesota's all-state ACDA conference. Please click here for stories, highlights, and pictures of the entire tour.   

At Minnesota Public Radio, YPC taped several pieces for later broadcast on APR's Performance Today, America's most listened-to classical music radio program,  and met with their great friends Fred Child, longtime host of Performance Today, Brian Newhouse, managing director of MPR/APR programming, and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, MPR's new choral educator and conductor.


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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