Associate Artistic Director
Elizabeth Núñez is the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the conductor, choral clinician, soloist, and founding artistic director of the SoHarmoniums Women’s Choir. At YPC, an organization renowned for its diversity and artistic excellence, she directs children ranging in age from 8 to 18, in rehearsals, performances, and tours in the U.S. and abroad. Each year nearly 2,000 children benefit musically, academically, and socially through their participation in YPC’s after-school and in-school programs.
Since joining YPC in 2004, Elizabeth has conducted its choristers in the city’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater to the Metropolitan Museum, as well as on national television, including appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Good Morning America.” Last year she led YPC to first prize at the Cantonigròs International Music Festival in Spain and its debut in both Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and its White Light Festival. This year, she led YPC to not only two first-place wins but also the title “Choir of the World” of the entire International Choral Kathaumixw Festival in British Columbia. Back in New York City, Elizabeth immediately returned YPC choristers to Lincoln Center for two performances in the Mostly Mozart Festival’s acclaimed production of Bernstein’s Mass.
As director of the YPC School Choruses program, in addition, she creates and oversees YPC’s unique curriculum of music education and performance for over 1,200 children in 20 New York City schools. Beyond music, Elizabeth created WIT: Women Inspiring Tomorrow in 2014, a thriving mentoring program that brings YPC’s high school girls together with its alumnae and accomplished women across varying professions.
Elizabeth has led the intergenerational SoHarmoniums Women’s Choir since it was founded with just six members in 2006. Based in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, SoHarmoniums has today expanded to over 60 women, who perform across the city, from Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall to Carnegie Hall.
A sought-after choral clinician as well, Elizabeth is invited by choral organizations around the country to conduct performances and workshops, among them, numerous All-State Honor Choirs and the 2016 OAKE National Children’s Honor Choir. Elizabeth received a Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music Education from Lee University, where she was awarded the 2017 School of Music’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for her commitment to “changing the lives of America’s youth.”