Francisco J. Núñez, was raised in Washington Heights. Growing up in Washington Heights in the 1970s, Francisco learned to play music on an old piano his mother brought home from the local Salvation Army.Read More
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FRANCISCO NÚÑEZ, the charismatic founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, is clearly a realist. “This is going to be an extraordinarily boring piece if it’s sung badly,” he tells a group of choristers. “It’s going to be pure torture. You can use your voice for evil, or you can use it for good.”Read More
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, at 2 pm, at Carnegie Hall, MacArthur Genius Grant-winning composer Francisco J. Núñez and Venezuelan composer Cristian Grases conduct new music specially composed for young people's voices, including two world premieres. The concert, ||: Song/Play :|| will be performed by Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International comprised of sixteen youth choirs from around the world.Read More
On Sunday morning, May 20, Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director and founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, was presented with Gettysburg College’s Honorary Doctor of Music degree at the Gettysburg College commencement ceremony of the Class of 2018 – 608 graduates in all.
Gettysburg College Provost Christopher Zappe presented the honorary degree to Mr. Núñez, citing him as “a leading proponent of the significant role that music can play in achieving diversity and equality in today’s society.” “You are an example,” Provost Zappe said, “of what can be accomplished when young people from different backgrounds are actively encouraged to appreciate and embrace the differences in themselves and others through music.”Read More
Gettysburg College will confer three honorary degrees at the 183rd Commencement Exercises in May.
In addition to Howard Fineman, who was previously announced as the speaker and will deliver the commencement address based on his book Thirteen American Arguments, Rebecca Halstead and Francisco Núñez will receive honorary degrees.Read More
Over a period of two years, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has strengthened its partnership with an exciting program that is building connections between music educators. American Young Voices hosts the largest school choral concerts in the world in five cities for music students in grades 2 through 8 and their teachers.Read More
Musical America has named Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director and founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, its 2018 Educator of the Year. Mr. Núñez is among five recipients recognized by Musical America for their artistic excellence and achievements in the arts for 2018. The others are Andris Nelsons (Artist of the Year), Mason Bates (Composer of the Year), Augustin Hadelich (Instrumentalist of the Year), and Sondra Radvanovsky (Vocalist of the Year).Read More
At Bang on a Can’s 30th anniversary gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last month, Francisco Núñez and Young People’s Chorus of New York City were honored to receive BoaC’s Visionary Award from its three co-founders–Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. Upon receiving the award, Francisco thanked his great BoaC friends and colleagues for supporting YPC for so many years and for recognizing that it is today’s children who will be the ones to build on the music, sounds, and ideas that BoaC has inspired.Read More
Even professional contemporary-music ensembles don’t often perform six world premieres on a single night. But on Friday at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, some 90 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 did just that.Read More
Clouds and light rain had little bearing on Ithaca College’s 121st Commencement celebration in honor of the Class of 2016 on May 22.The college’s 1,354 graduates gathered on the academic quad just before 9 a.m. for a traditional procession into Butterfield Stadium.Read More
Like strange angels, or some other form of beatific extraterrestrial life, the choristers of the Young People's Chorus of New York looked on silently, clad in dark, robelike garments and lighting the way with luminescent white orbs. They smiled warmly as visitors, wearing 3D glasses, wandered through the space behind the stage set at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's versatile Fishman Space.Read More
Police vans, buses, and ambulances are lined up for a whole block outside Munich's main train station these days. Bavaria braces itself each week as about 10,000 new refugees arrive from Syria and elsewhere. This southern state in Germany tries to welcome them — sorting and sending in a very orderly German way, and extending a caring hand.Read More
Pope Francis is set to visit the National September 11th Memorial and Museum next week and while he's there, the Young People's Chorus of New York City will perform for him.
The chorus was founded 27 years ago by artistic director Francisco Nunez.Read More
It didn’t take long Monday night for an award-winning youth choir from the Big Apple to put big smiles on the faces of a worldly Festival del Sole audience.
Fresh from the competitive ranks of the Golden Gate Choral Competition — during which the disciplined, attractive choristers earned three gold medals in major categories — the Young People’s Chorus (YPC) of New York City presented a delightful hour-long program of material ranging from classical to pop in the Christian Brothers Mont La Salle Chapel on Mount Veeder.Read More