The Young People's Chorus of New York City is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez 27 years ago, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.
Over the years YPC has created an awareness of the unlimited potential of a children's chorus to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry and has established the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music.
Almost 1,400 children from ages 7 to 18 participate annually through YPC's core after-school program, its Satellite program in New York City public schools, a national affiliate in Tenafly, New Jersey, and since 2012, its first after-school community chorus located in New York City's Washington Heights.
The repertoire of the Young People's Chorus of New York City ranges from renaissance and classical traditions through gospel, folk, pop, contemporary, and world music. Through its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music series, YPC is particularly well known for commissioning and premiering over 80 pieces of music from many of today’s most distinguished established and emerging composers—many of whom had never before written for young voices. In addition, through its Transmusica series, established in 2012, YPC collaborates with choruses from as far as Indonesia, Australia, Japan, and Israel in cross-cultural performances that build understanding and bridges among other societies and cultures of the world.