On Friday, April 14, Chorus America announced that its 2017 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence be awarded to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez. In making the announcement, Chorus America stated that the “Young People’s Chorus of New York City exemplifies the highest standards of music-making, operational integrity, and excellence in the choral field.”
The award will be presented to Mr. Núñez at June 22 Awards Breakfast during Chorus America’s annual conference, taking place this year in Los Angeles, CA.
Chorus America provides more than 6,000 choruses, individuals, businesses, and organizations with services that foster strong organizations and quality choral performances, as well as the tools to help choruses better contribute to their communities.
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, founded by MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Núñez in 1988, is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its virtuosity and as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. For almost 30 years, this groundbreaking program has harnessed the power of music to fulfill the potential of children musically, academically, and socially and has heightened an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry.