It’s springtime in New York City! YPC’s Performance and Community Choruses will perform one spectacular show filled with joyful music and lively dance. From Broadway favorites to classical choral pieces, there’s No Stopping Us Now!
Young People’s Chorus of New York City, a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, was founded on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year.
Each year, YPC serves more than 2,000 children throughout New York City in its core after-school performance program, community choruses program, and its schools program, which brings YPC’s curriculum to children in 20 schools. Over the past three decades, YPC has created an awareness of the ability of children to rise to unforeseen artistic heights, and its acclaimed artistry inspires invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities throughout the world. YPC was the first American chorus to win first prize in the history of the European Broadcasting Union’s Let the Peoples Sing choral competition, the first youth chorus to open Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and the first North American chorus to be named “Choir of the World” in 2018 at the International Choral Kathaumixw. In 2019, YPC was invited to join Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic, and The Crossing in the unanimously acclaimed, world premiere performances of Julia Wolfe’s “Fire in My Mouth,” the live Decca Gold recording of which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. In addition to live performances, YPC is frequently seen on national television. Among its many TV appearances are CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s Today Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Rockefeller Center Treelighting, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2015, YPC’s performance for Pope Francis at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and its January 2020 performances at the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, were each live streamed to more than a billion people worldwide. Among YPC’s many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Through the years YPC has continued to extend and invigorate the repertoire for young voices by commissioning more than 100 pieces of music from many of today’s most distinguished composers. In 2017, YPC launched Vocal Resolutions: Shaping Perceptions through Music; an initiative that uses singing as a catalyst for cultural exploration and mutual understanding. Beyond the notes, YPC supports choristers academically and socially through College Bound programming, which offers classes ranging from financial literacy to college application coaching. In 2014, YPC Creative Director Elizabeth Núñez formed Women Inspiring Tomorrow (WIT) as a means of encouraging mentoring relationships between current high school choristers, YPC alumnae and accomplished women from various professions. In 2019, YPC launched YPC National with a mission to support and inspire youth choruses and choral conductors nationwide as a response to requests for assistance in replicating the YPC model. In 2019, YPC National held its inaugural Choral Lab, bringing choristers together from New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia and the Dominican Republic to sing at the highest level, learn and grow together. Conductors and teachers also gathered as part of the YPC National Studio—a professional development program, which includes clinics, master classes and artist residencies for choral conductors. This summer, YPC National’s Choral Lab and Studio programs will return, in residence at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City provides children the opportunity to raise their voices, find their confidence and realize their potential on a global stage. Your gift will make an immediate, visible and lasting impact in the lives of thousands of young artists from all over New York City.