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Commissions + Premieres

Since the 1990s, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City has been at the forefront of commissioning the most distinguished and original composers of the day to write music for the distinctive quality of children’s voices.  With well over 100 commissions to date, YPC is not only expanding and invigorating the repertoire for young voices, but continues to play a dynamic role in the ever-evolving fabric of music in the 21st century. Premieres and commissions include:

2019-2020

No More Bad Dreams
Bruce Adolphe
YPC National

Whispers 
Jim Papoulis
YPC National

2018-2019

What You Can Do for the World
Douglas J. Cuomo
Vocal Currents

Tap Water
Michael Gordon
Vocal Currents

Every Time, Every Tide
Yuka Honda
Vocal Currents

Liminality
Francisco J. Núñez
Vocal Currents

Menasherie
Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Vocal Currents

I Don’t Need No Man
Tim Sharp
Vocal Currents

So Much on My Soul
Ellen Reid
Vocal Resolutions

2017-2018

** The Glass Box
Paola Prestini
Vocal Resolutions

** Co-commission with Yale Choral Artists

No One is an Island
Nils Vigeland
Spring Concert

Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman
Francisco J. Núñez
Mostly Mozart

2016-2017

Sirens
Mason Bates
Transient Glory

Great Trees of New York City
Michael Gordon
Transient Glory

A Murmuration for Chibok
Joan La Barbara
Transient Glory

Danse Africaine
Jessie Montgomery
Transient Glory

A Surfeit of Similes
Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Transient Glory

Exsultet
Charles Wuorinen
Transient Glory

To Sing
Michael Gordon
Vocal Resolutions

2015-2016

Epiphany
Paola Prestini
Transient Glory

Intermezzo
Netsayi Chigwendere
Transient Glory

Ouroboros
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Transient Glory

2014-2015

Fable of Fables
Samuel Adler
Radio Radiance

We Will Find Each Other
Ryan Lott
Radio Radiance

Search
Caroline Mallonée
Radio Radiance

Love Games
Frank J. Oteri
Radio Radiance

Mysteries of Nothing
Aaron Siegel
Radio Radiance

Dream on
Robben Delfeayo Marsalis
YPC Gala

2012-2013

New New York Songs
Missy Mazzoli
Transient Glory

Celestial Fire
Thomas Cabaniss
Radio Radiance

The City
Susie Ibarra
Radio Radiance

Colors
Kevin James
Radio Radiance

WICBM
Toby Twining
Radio Radiance

Gnothi Safton
Jim Papoulis
YPC Winter Concert

I Wish
Francisco J. Núñez
Share the Joy (Holiday)

2011-2012

YPChant
Derek Bermel
Transient Glory

Julia’s Clothes
John Corigliano
Transient Glory

How to Survive in the Woods
Douglas J. Cuomo
Transient Glory

Credo Fugue
David Del Tredici
Transient Glory

Thirty-Mile Village
Bright Sheng
Transient Glory

Descent
Joan Tower
Transient Glory

Cinnamon
Michael Gordon
Transient Glory

Un Minuto
Paquito D’Rivera
Transient Glory

Miracle
Victoria Bond
Hanukkah Children’s Opera

What is Christmas Made Of
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Share the Joy (Holiday)

2010-2011

Hijaz
Michael Harrison
Transient Glory

Exalted
Michael Gordon
Radio Radiance

*Another Secret eQuation
Terry Riley
Radio Radiance

*Co-commission with Kronos Quartet

** “Buy the World a Coke”
Francisco J. Núñez
Coca Cola

** New arrangement premiered by YPC at Coke’s 125th anniversary celebration

Life is a Journey
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Louis Vuitton

“Share the Joy” 
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Share the Joy (Holiday)

2009-2010

Tembandumba
Paquito D’Rivera
Transient Glory

Building Bridges
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
JCC

We Will Lift You Up
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Haiti Relief

How Many Christmases?
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Share the Joy (Holiday)

2008-2009

Hope
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Transient Glory

Two Mountain Songs
Gabriela Lena Frank
Transient Glory

Three Heavens and Hells
(Movement 5)
Meredith Monk
Transient Glory

Liement de deport
Eve Beglarian
Radio Radiance

Crosstoswn M42
Robert Kapilow/Fred Newman
Radio Radiance

NYC Shout-Out
Jamie Bernstein
Honor Chorus Festival

Where Are My Angels?
Jim Papoulis/Caryl Martine Papoulis
Coolside of Yuletide CD

Home
Jim Papoulis/Eric Gamalinda
Coolside of Yuletide CD

2007-2008

Singing This Piece
Bruce Adolphe
Transient Glory

Every Stop on the F Train
Michael Gordon
Transient Glory

The Taxi
Tarik O’Regan
Transient Glory

Afternoon on a Hill
Ned Rorem
Transient Glory

You Are Variations
(new arrangement for youth chorus)
Steve Reich
Transient Glory

Three Heavens and Hells
(Movements 1,2,3,4,6,7,8)
Meredith Monk
Transient Glory

I Dream a World
Thomas Cabaniss
Honor Chorus Festival

2006-2007

Fortune
Douglas J. Cuomo
Transient Glory

The Song I Sing
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Transient Glory

Warabe-Uta
Ko Matsushita
Transient Glory

Can I
Joan Tower
Transient Glory

Semaphore Conductus
Bora Yoon
Transient Glory

Every Stop on the F Train
(Music/Video Collaboration)
Michael Gordon/Bill Morrison
Transient Glory

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Judith Shatin
Honor Chorus Festival

2005-2006

Garland
Mark Adamo
Transient Glory

A Child’s War
Derek Bermel
Transient Glory

Going North
Thea Musgrave
Transient Glory

One Sweet Morning
John Corigliano
Transient Glory

My First and Greatest Love Affair
Bobby Previte
Transient Glory

Mutability
David Sawer
Transient Glory

Bloom
Rufus Wainwright
Transient Glory

The Open Door
Theodore Wiprud
Honor Chorus Festival

Oh Christmas Tree
(new arrangement)
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Rockefeller Center Treelighting

2004-2005

Bric-a-Brac
Samuel Adler
Transient Glory

Vocalise
Benjamin Lees
Transient Glory

Soundpainting 81301
Walter Thompson
Transient Glory

Invocation
Nils Vigeland
Transient Glory

Only Believe
Thomas Cabaniss
Honor Chorus Festival

Horobi No Naka Kara
Kevin James
World Choral Symposium (Kyoto)

2003-2004

Songs of the Season
Samuel Adler
Transient Glory

The Ballad of Sweet William
Richard Rodney Bennett
Transient Glory

The Nervous Family
Benjamin Lees
Transient Glory

I Dreamt a Dream
Tod Machover
Transient Glory

Panta Rhei
Jim Papoulis
Transient Glory

The Boatmen’s Song
Bright Sheng
Transient Glory

Little Tree
Judith Weir
Transient Glory

Sing for Peace
Francisco J. Núñez/Jim Papoulis
Lincoln Center Treelighting

2002-2003

Orpheus
Dominick Argento
Transient Glory

Four Heartfelt Anthems
David Del Tredici
Transient Glory

NYC Playground
Kevin James
Transient Glory

A Child’s View of Colour
Michael Nyman
Transient Glory

Miracles
Nils Vigeland
Transient Glory

Beauty in a Moment
Elizabeth Ziman
Transient Glory

Shirtless Stephen and the Children’s Crusade
Geoffrey Burgon
Transient Glory

2001-2002

The Smiling Eyes
Jenny Johnson
Transient Glory

The Attic Which is Desire
Stephen Mackey
Transient Glory

Libertatum
Jim Papoulis
Transient Glory

Colors
Walter Thompson
Transient Glory

2000-2001

Un-Labelled
Elena Kats-Chernin
Transient Glory

Two Songs From e.e. cummings
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Transient Glory

Song of Ezekiel
Michael Torke
Transient Glory

Glory to God for This Transient Life
John Tavener
Transient Glory

1996

There are (No) Children Here
Morton Gould/Phil Galdston
YPC’s First Commission