Teach
a child to
find their
voice
and they will
change
the world.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity, brilliant showmanship, and innovative model of artistic excellence and diversity that enriches the community. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, YPC’s mission and values are deeply rooted in providing children of all cultural and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance. It is committed to empowering its youth and providing pathways to success through the arts so that each child, no matter what race, gender, socioeconomic background, or religion can reach their full potential.

When a child becomes a part of YPC, something magical happens: They transform into more than they thought they could ever be. That’s because YPC has a secret formula, a magic key that we call The Key of Love—a practice that is reflected in the success of our choristers and the quality of our music.


Among YPC's many awards is America’s highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was presented to members of YPC at the White House. YPC also earned the distinction of “Choir of the World” in July 2018 at the International Choral Kathaumixw (Powell River, British Columbia), marking the first time a North American chorus has ever won this title in the 34-year history of Kathaumixw. In 2023, YPC won five gold medals – three as world champions – at the 12th World Choir Games, the world’s largest international choir competition. Its feature-length holiday special Topsy Turvy New York won a 66th Annual New York Emmy® Award.

The Key of Love is a practice. We work in it and at it every day.

This key has the power to unlock so much:
Opportunity. Opening the door to a promising future a child may never have previously imagined through our scholarships.
Community. Welcoming and embracing children from all walks of life through our mission, inspired by our founder’s lived experience.
Potential. By encouraging and rigorously training young artists to perform at the highest level of excellence through our standard of artistic excellence.
Possibility. Giving us the ability to create transformative educational programs, providing young people access to experience these programs found nowhere else.
Peace & hope. Instilling a sense of belonging and optimism in our young people even during challenging times.

Growing. Reaching. Changing lives.

120

performances annually

17K

children served to date

600+

original works and arrangements commissioned by YPC

30K

live performance audience members annually

1M+

views on youtube

85%

of choristers participate tuition-free

1.4M+

college scholarships awarded to choristers to date

95K

social media followers

NYC’s premier spring event is right around the corner and will be here before we know it! Your support of YPC’s Annual Spring Gala helps YPC’s choristers reach new artistic heights in the key of love all year long.

We hope you will join us at the legendary Lincoln Center for this extraordinary performance. Support raised at the Gala allows our choristers to take part in exciting performances around the world—all while learning and growing with their peers.

Visit the new YPC Events page to RSVP for the Spring Gala and see our latest performance schedule.

YPC GALA 2024

NYC’s premier spring event is right around the corner and will be here before we know it! Your support of YPC’s Annual Spring Gala helps YPC’s choristers reach new artistic heights in the key of love all year long.

We hope you will join us at the legendary Lincoln Center for this extraordinary performance. Support raised at the Gala allows our choristers to take part in exciting performances around the world—all while learning and growing with their peers.

Visit the new YPC Events page to RSVP for the Spring Gala and see our latest performance schedule.

YPC GALA 2024

YPC NAMED “CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD”

Thank you to everyone who supported YPC’s 2023 Summer Tour to Korea, Japan, and Santa Barbara. These experiences give YPC’s young artists the unique enrichment of cross-cultural experiences, high-level performances, and world travel. It is truly among the greatest gifts we share with our young artists–to see the world with their YPC family!

Join us on social media to catch the recaps of our remarkable performances and highlights!

YPC National Highlights

World Choir Games Awards

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
Children’s Choirs
Conducted by Elizabeth Núñez

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
Musica Contemporane a Equal Voices
Conducted by Elizabeth Núñez & Francisco J. Núñez

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
Mixed Youth Choirs
Conducted by Francisco J. Núñez

GOLD MEDAL
Scenic Folklore
Conducted by Francisco J. Núñez

GOLD MEDAL
Gospel
Conducted by Elizabeth Núñez

YPC NAMED “CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD”

Thank you to everyone who supported YPC’s 2023 Summer Tour to Korea, Japan, and Santa Barbara. These experiences give YPC’s young artists the unique enrichment of cross-cultural experiences, high-level performances, and world travel. It is truly among the greatest gifts we share with our young artists–to see the world with their YPC family!

Join us on social media to catch the recaps of our remarkable performances and highlights!

YPC National Highlights

World Choir Games Awards

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
Children’s Choirs
Conducted by Elizabeth Núñez

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
Musica Contemporane a Equal Voices
Conducted by Elizabeth Núñez & Francisco J. Núñez

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
Mixed Youth Choirs
Conducted by Francisco J. Núñez

GOLD MEDAL
Scenic Folklore
Conducted by Francisco J. Núñez

GOLD MEDAL
Gospel
Conducted by Elizabeth Núñez

No stage. No spotlight. No script. Just authentic, insightful conversations with renowned artists, composers, and music educators. Tune in for Out of the Vox, a YPC Short Film Series, hosted by YPC Founder & Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez.

No stage. No spotlight. No script. Just authentic, insightful conversations with renowned artists, composers, and music educators.

Humans of New York Feature
Francisco J. Núñez

YPC Founder and Artistic Director, Francisco J. Núñez, was recently featured in a 5-part series by Humans of New York on how music changed his life. Read more about his struggle to fit in and his lifelong experiences that inspired him to create this multicultural chorus that brought a voice to the children of New York City.

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Humans of New York Feature
Francisco J. Núñez

YPC Founder and Artistic Director, Francisco J. Núñez, was recently featured in a 5-part series by Humans of New York on how music changed his life.

Read More