Awards + Honors

YPC Represented North America at Songbridge Festival in Finland
June 2017

YPC was invited by Finland’s Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2017 and the IFCM and represented the North American continent at its 2017 international choral festival. 

2017 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence
April 2017

Chorus America announced that its 2017 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence be awarded to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez.

Honorary Doctorate – Ithaca College
May 2016

Francisco J. Núñez receives honorary doctorate from Ithaca College “in recognition of outstanding achievements in bringing a high level arts performing experience to young people from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds.”

Musical America Worldwide
December 2015

Francisco J. Núñez is named among 30 “Influencers” of 2015 for his contributions to the music industry.

First-Place Win in Munich, Germany
October 2015

YPC is first American chorus in the 54-year history of the Euroradio Broadcasting Union‘s Let the Peoples Sing Euroradio Choral Competition to win first place.

YPC Sings for Pope Francis
September 2015

YPC is invited by the Archdiocese of New York to sing for Pope Francis at the inter-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Gold Medal Winners – Golden Gate International Choral Competition
July 2015

YPC wins five gold medals in every choral competition category: Folk, Contemporary, Historic, and Gospel

Fox Television – Hispanic Heritage Month
October 2014

Francisco J. Núñez is honored during Hispanic Heritage Month for “changing young lives with music.”

NYU Steinhardt Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award
May 2014

Francisco J. Núñez recognized as NYU Steinhardt’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano
December 2012

Francisco J. Núñez honored for his dedication and efforts in promoting Latino culture

Dale Warland Singers Commission Award
June 2012

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City receives the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award at the annual Chorus America conference in June, enabling YPC to commission Missy Mazzoli to write the 70th composition in YPC’s Transient

Glory and Radio Radiance commissioning series.

Gala Honoree
May 2012

Francisco J. Núñez is honored by JCC Thurnauer School of Music at its 2012 gala.

Let the Future Sing Festival, Stockholm, Sweden,
April 2012

First American youth chorus ever invited to sing at the prestigious Adolf Fredrik Let the Future Sing Festival

2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
November 2011

Young People’s Chorus of New York City receives the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

ABC-TV’s Person of the Week
September 2011

Francisco J. Núñez is honored as ABC-TV’s “Person of the Week.”

2011 MacArthur Fellowship
September 2011

Francisco J. Núñez, the artistic director and founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City has been named a recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the first choral conductor to receive this honor.

New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award
March 2009

Awarded to YPC’s Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez

Gold Medal Winners, 2008 World Choir Olympics, Graz, Austria
July 2008

• Concert Chorus
• Men’s Division

Chorus America Education Outreach Award

July 2008

Francisco Núñez & the Young People’s Chorus of New York, recipients

29th annual Chorus America Conference
June 2006

Francisco Núñez, keynote speaker

“Children’s Champion Award” –  Child magazine
November 2005

Francisco Núñez, recipient

“100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine 
October 2005

Francisco Núñez honored as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics.

“Liberty Medal Award ” by NY Post
September 2005

Francisco Núñez, recipient

7th Annual World Symposium on Choral Music, Kyoto, Japan. 
July-August 2005

YPC Invited Choir and Participant

Gold Medal Winners, 2004 World Choir Olympics, Bremen, Germany
July 2004

• Equal Voices Youth Choir division
• Young Male Voices division

Award Recipient, WNET/Thirteen Community Hall of Fame, 
June 2004

Prize Winners, Festival International de Musica de Cantonigros, Spain
July 2003

2002 International Kathaumixw Choral Festival and Competition 

• First Place, Children’s Choir category

Gold Medal, 1999 Des Moines International Choir Competition

• First Place, Solo Performance
• First Place, Chamber Performance
• First Place, Contemporary Music

Silver Medal, 1997 Prague International Choral Competition


  • European Festival of Youth Choruses, Basel Switzerland, May 2014
  • Japan Cultural Festival, Hokuto, Japan, August 2013
  • International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival, Hong Kong, China, July 2013
  • Representing North America at IFCM’s World Choral Summit in Beijing, July 2012
  • Representing the U.S. at IFCM’s Seventh World Symposium on Choral Music, Kyoto, Japan, 2005
  • Festival of Light, Salon des Arts Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria; 2002
  • Choral Music Experience, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; 2000, 2001
  • Disneyworld, Keynote Arts Associates Children’s Choir Festival, Orlando, FL; 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002