Commissions + Premieres

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) has a long history of commissioning and premiering exciting new works for young voices since its founding in 1988 by YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez.

A full listing of YPC premieres and commissions follows:

Vocal Resolutions

2018

  • Paola Prestini: TBA

2017

  • Michael Gordon: To Sing

Transient Glory

Francisco J. Núñez created Transient Glory in 2001 to spotlight the children’s chorus as a serious and glorious instrument for making music during that fleeting period of time when a child’s voice is imbued with a particular poignancy and innocence.  This music is expanding and energizing the repertoire for young people and demonstrates the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen artistic heights.

2016

  • Mason Bates: Sirens
  • Michael Gordon: Great Trees of New York City
  • Joan La Barbara: A Murmuration for Chibok
  • Jessie Montgomery: Danse Africaine
  • Robert Xavier Rodriguez: A Surfeit of Similes
  • Charles Wuorinen: Exsultet

2015

  • Paola Prestini: Epiphany
  • Netsayi Chigwendere: Intermezzo
  • Sarah Kirkland Snider: Ouroboros

2013

  • Missy Mazzoli: New New York Songs – Chorus America and ACF Dale Warland Singers Commission Award

2012

  • Derek Bermel: YPChant Underwritten by Classical Movements (Peer Music Classical)
  • John Corigliano: Upon Julia’s Clothes Underwritten by Classical Movements (G. Schirmer)
  • Douglas J. Cuomo: How to Survive in the Woods Underwritten by Classical Movements (Schott)
  • David Del Tredici: Credo Fugue Underwritten by Classical Movements (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Bright Sheng: Thirty-Mile Village Underwritten by Classical Movements (G. Schrimer)
  • Joan Tower: Descent Underwritten by Classical Movements (G. Schirmer)
  • Michael Gordon: Cinnamon Underwritten by Classical Movements (G. Schirmer)
  • Paquito D’Rivera: Un Minuto Underwritten by Classical Movements (Boosey & Hawkes)

2011

  • Michael Harrison: Hijaz

2010

  • Paquito D’Rivera: Tembandumba ((Boosey & Hawkes)

2009

  • Toshiko Akiyoshi: Hope (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Gabriela Lena Frank: Two Mountain Songs (G. Schirmer)- With American Composers Forum
  • Meredith Monk: Three Heavens and Hells (Movement 5) (Boosey & Hawkes)

2008

  • Bruce Adolphe: Singing This Piece (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Michael Gordon: Every Stop on the F Train (G. Schirmer)
  • Meredith Monk: Three Heavens and Hells (Movements 1,2,3,4,6,7,8)
  • Tarik O’Regan: The Taxi (Chester-Novello)
  • Ned Rorem: Afternoon on a Hill (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Steve Reich: You Are Variations (new arrangement for youth chorus) (Boosey & Hawkes)

2007

  • Douglas J. Cuomo: Fortune (Schott)
  • Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens: The Song I Sing (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Ko Matsushita: Warabe-Uta (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Joan Tower: Can I (G. Schirmer)
  • Bora Yoon: Semaphore Conductus (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Michael Gordon/Bill Morrison: Every Stop on the F Train (G. Shirmer) – Music/Video Collaboration

2006

  • Mark Adamo: Garland (G. Schirmer)
  • Derek Bermel: A Child’s War (Peer Music Classical)
  • John Corigliano: One Sweet Morning (G. Schirmer)
  • Thea Musgrave: Going North (Chester-Novello)
  • Bobby Previte: My First and Greatest Love Affair
  • David Sawer: Mutability
  • Rufus Wainwright: Bloom (Commissioned by Stephen Petronio for YPC)

2005

  • Samuel Adler: Bric-a-Brac (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Benjamin Lees: Vocalise (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Walter Thompson: Soundpainting 81305
  • Nils Vigeland: Invocation

2004

  • Samuel Adler: Songs of the Season (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Richard Rodney Bennett: The Ballad of Sweet William (Chester-Novello)
  • Morton Gould and Phil Galdston: There Are (No) Children Here (G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard)
  • Benjamin Lees: The Nervous Family (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Tod Machover: I Dreamt a Dream (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Jim Papoulis: Panta Rhei (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Bright Sheng: The Boatmen’s Song (G. Schirmer)
  • Judith Weir: Little Tree (Chester-Novello)

2003

  • Dominick Argento: Orpheus (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Geoffrey Burgon: Shirtless Stephen and the Children’s Crusade (novello)
  • David Del Tredici: Four Heartfelt Anthems (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Kevin James: NYC Playground (manuscript)
  • Michael Nyman: A Child’s View of Colour (Novello)
  • Nils Vigeland: Miracles (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Elizabeth Ziman: Beauty in a Moment (Boosey & Hawkes)

2002

  • Jenny Johnson: The Smiling Eyes (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Stephen Mackey: The Attic Which is Desire (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Jim Papoulis: Libertatum (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Walter Thompson: Colors (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Nils Vigeland: re-orchestration of Claude Debussy’s Damoiselle Eluedz (manuscript)

2001

  • Elena Kats-Chernin: Un-Labelled (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum: Two Songs From e.e. cummings (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • John Tavener: Glory to God for This Transient Life (Chester)
  • Michael Torke: Song of Ezekiel (Boosey & Hawkes)

Radio Radiance

In 2009 YPC expanded Transient Glory to Radio Radiance, to bring about a broader awareness of newly commissioned music for young voices through national broadcasts on public radio and on a grass-roots level through invitations to regional youth choirs across the country, from Atlanta to Honolulu.

2015

  • Samuel Adler: Fable of Fables
  • Ryan Lott: We Will Find Each Other
  • Caroline Mallonée: Search
  • Frank J. Oteri: Love Games
  • Aaron Siegel: Mysteries of Nothing

2013

  • Tom Cabaniss: The Celestial Fire Underwritten by NEA
  • Susie Ibarra: The City Underwritten by NEA
  • Kevin James: Colors Underwritten by NEA
  • Toby Twining: WICBM Underwritten by NEA

2011

  • Michael Gordon: Exalted co-commissioned by Kronos Quartet and YPC
  • Terry Riley: Another Secret eQuation co-commissioned by Kronos Quartet and YPC

2009

  • Eve Beglarian: Machaut in the Machine Age VI: Liement me deport
  • Robert Kapilow and Fred Newman: Crosstown M42 (G. Schirmer)

YPC Honor Chorus Festival

2009

  • Jamie Bernstein: NYC Shout-Out (Boosey & Hawkes)

2008

  • Tom Cabaniss: I Dream A World

2007

  • Judith Shatin: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

2006

  • Theodore Wiprud: The Open Door

2005

  • Tom Cabaniss: Only Believe

Other Commissions and Premieres

2013

  • Jim Papoulis: Gnothi Safton YPC Commission – (World Premiere)
  • Matt and Adam Podd: Looking for the Light (World Premiere)
  • Delfeayo Marsalis: Dream on Robben (World Premiere)
  • Delfeayo Marsalis: Melting Pot (World Premiere)

2012

  • Aaron Siegel: The Light Come Down
  • Victoria Bond: Miracle – a children’s Hanukkah opera (In process)
  • Mason Bates: Mass Transmission (New York Premiere)

2011

  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Life is a Journey (World Premiere) For Louis Vuitton
  • Jim Papoulis: Kusimama (World Premiere)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Sopa de Isabel (World Premiere)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Buy the World a Coke (World Premiere arrangement)

2010

  • Tom Cabaniss: Bright is the Ring of Words (World Premiere)
  • Tom Cabaniss: How Long Watchman? (World Premiere)
  • Tom Cabaniss: A Lad That is Gone (World Premiere)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Stand Tall Children –The Activists (World Premiere) Commissioned by Trenton Children’s Chorus
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Building Bridges (World Premiere) For JCC
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: We Will Lift You Up (World Premiere) For Haiti Relief

2009

  • Bruce Adolphe: Music Is…(World Premiere)
  • Miloš Bok: Kyrie from Missa Brevis (U.S. Premiere)
  • Victoria Bond: Listen to the Wind (World Premiere)
  • Robert Kapilow: Jabberwocky (New York Premiere)
  • Nico Muhly: I Drink the Air Before Me (World Premiere) Commissioned- Stephen Petronio Dance Co.
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Imagine (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Jim Papoulis: Change We Can Believe In (World Premiere)
  • Jim Papoulis: I Have a Dream (World Premiere)

2008

  • Bruce Adolphe: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (New York Premiere)
  • Eric Dozier: It Is Possible (Hal Leonard)
  • Iannis Xenakis: Oresteia (U.S. Premiere)

2007

  • Jack Lenz: Greatest Moments (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Abreme La Puerta (World Premiere)
  • Jim Papoulis: Rhythm Makes You Move (World Premiere)
  • Bobby Spencer: I Believe (World Premiere)
  • James Taylor: You Can Close Your Eyes (World Premiere arrangement)

2006

  • Jim Papoulis: We All Have a Right (World Premiere)

2005

  • Bob Chilcott: Crescent City Magnificent (World Premiere)
  • Kevin James: Horobi No Naka Kara (manuscript) For Tokyo Symposium
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Oh Christmas Tree (World Premiere arrangement) Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

2004

  • Francisco J. Núñez: Canticle, In Remembrance (New York Premiere) (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Sing for Peace (World Premiere) Lincoln Center Tree Lighting

2003

  • Hans Krasa: Brundibár (Tempo Praha) first professional New York production
  • Jim Papoulis: Amani (Boosey & Hawkes)

2002

  • Nils Vigeland: Este Lado (manuscript)
  • Nils Vigeland: Viento, Agua Piedra (manuscript)
  • Nils Vigeland: Hermandad (manuscript)
  • Stephen Wolpe: Schone Geschetien (U.S. Premiere) (Schott)

2000

  • Aaron Copland: Second Hurricane, a youth opera (premiere of new libretto)
  • Oscar Brand and Douglas Townsend: The Floating Geezle, a children’s opera
  • Daniel Brewbaker: Fields of Vision (Boosey & Hawkes) Commissioned by the New York Chamber Symphony

1999

  • Nils Vigeland: Two Norwegian Folk Songs (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Nils Vigeland: The Lake Isle of Innesfree (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Nils Vigeland: A Prayer for My Daughter (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Nils Vigeland: Some Seasons (Boosey & Hawkes)

1998

  • Stephen Hatfield: Run Children Run (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Stephen Hatfield: One Love (manuscript)
  • Seymour Bernstein: Animal Triptych (manuscript)

1997

  • David Brunner: On Christmas Morn (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Ken Sullivan: Jukebox Lovesong (manuscript)

1996

  • Morton Gould and Phil Galdston: There Are (No) Children Here (G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Misa Pequeña (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Three Dominican Folk Songs + orchestration (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Nils Vigeland: Three Shaker Songs + orchestration (Boosey & Hawkes)

Share The Joy Holiday Project

2008

  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Deck the Halls (World Premiere arrangement) 2008

2009

  • Jim Papoulis and Mike Greenly: How Many Christmases (World Premiere) 2009

2010

  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Share the Joy (World Premiere)

2011

  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: What Is Christmas Made Of (World Premiere)

2012

  • Francisco J. Núñez: I Wish

Coolside of Yuletide

2008

  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Joy to the World (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Jim Papoulis and Caryl Martine Papoulis: Where Are My Angels (World Premiere)
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Angel Medley (World Premiere)
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: We Three Kings (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Let it Snow (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Little Drummer Boy (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Jim Papoulis and Eric Gamalinda: Home (World Premiere)
  • Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis: Silent Night (World Premiere arrangement)
  • Francisco J. Núñez: Abreme La Puerta (World Premiere arrangement)