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The #Sing1Voice effort calls on the choral community to give voice to the things that unite us rather than divide us. As Francisco Núñez, artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City said, “Maybe if we listen to each other’s music, we will be willing to listen to each other’s words.” We invite your chorus, choir, or singing ensemble to participate – and to spread the message.

Even professional contemporary-music ensembles don’t often perform six world premieres on a single night. But on Friday at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, some 90 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 did just that. The excellent Young People’s Chorus of New York City presented the next installment of Transient Glory, its program that commissions composers to write challenging works for young voices.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City will premiere six new choral works as part of their continuing Transient Glory concert series in a pair of performances on Friday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 6. Friday’s display will occur at Brooklyn venue National Sawdust at 7 p.m.; Sunday’s show takes place at the Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan, also with a 7 p.m. starting time.

MacArthur Fellow Francisco Núñez founded the Young People’s Chorus of New York City in 1988 with a two-fold mission of artistic excellence and diversity. 29 years later, YPC is internationally renowned, serving over 1,400 students of all backgrounds from neighborhoods all over the city each year and continuing to add to its portfolio of more than 100 works for youth chorus commissioned from today’s best known composers.

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation has awarded an Arts Education Impact Grant of $750,000 to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City for its new initiative: Vocal Resolutions: Shaping Perceptions Through Music. The Matisse Grant, one of today’s most prestigious and competitive arts grants, will be distributed over five years and support YPC’s innovative new initiative that focuses on matters of social justice and uses music as a catalyst for cultural exploration and mutual understanding among young people of diverse backgrounds.

The award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director and Founder Francisco J. Núñez continue their groundbreaking Transient Glory new music series with the world premieres of six choral works for young voices in concerts at National Sawdust on Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Merkin Concert Hall on Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.

American composer Michael Gordon has been named the first-ever Composer-in-Residence of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC). The three-year residency, beginning this month, will comprise a new work composed by Mr. Gordon each year to be workshopped by the choristers and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and premiered by YPC at the end of each season.

Last Thursday night, millions were listening to Donald Trump accept the Republican nomination for the presidency.

But some of us were listening to a different kind of voice — or voices: Festival Napa Valley’s Thursday concert was American Spirituals with Lester Lynch and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City® (YPC), the multicultural youth chorus renowned internationally for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship and as a model for an inclusive society, makes its Texas debut Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Conducted by its founder, Francisco J. Núñez, YPC will perform repertoire that exemplifies the versatility and virtuosity of the chorus, with works ranging from classical and contemporary pieces to Broadway, gospel and folk music, and music composed by Mr. Núñez, complete with choreography by Jacquie Bird. Joining YPC is special guest, Grammy-nominated blues and folk music singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster.

The award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), known for bringing children of diverse ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds together through a program of musical excellence, community and educational initiatives under Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, will give a one-hour preview of its summer tour concert program on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park (enter at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue and walk south to the venue).