Francisco J. Núñez and Young People’s Chorus of New York City Celebrate the Launch of YPC National Lab Activities and the Debut of Concinamus with Two Free Tennessee Concerts

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Francisco J. Núñez and Young People’s Chorus of New York City 2019 Summer Season is Highlighted by the Launch of YPC National and the Debut of Concinamus

Francisco J. Núñez and Young People’s Chorus of New York City Celebrate the Launch of YPC National Lab Activities and the Debut of Concinamus with Two Free Tennessee Concerts

  • July 25 at Lee University’s Pangle Hall in Cleveland, TN
  • July 26 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN

Concerts include music from Tennessee’s Ellen Reid to George Gershwin

July 10, 2019… New York, NY…This past spring, Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director and founder of the

Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), announced the newest milestone in the chorus’s renowned 30-year history:  the formation YPC National, Inc. an independent non-profit organization to support and inspire youth choruses across the country with a program of artistic excellence, diversity, and education modeled on YPC.

The first activities of YPC National take place this month in Tennessee at Lee University in Cleveland, where YPC choristers will be joined by young singers from New Jersey, Oklahoma, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and the Dominican Republic for YPC National Lab workshops and rehearsals in preparation for their debut as Concinamus, the YPC National choral ensemble comprising the combined choristers.  Concinamus will give two free concerts:  on July 25 in Cleveland and on July 26 in Murfreesboro, where Concinamus is the invited guest of the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association conference.

The high energy, nonstop concert program of music from many genres, complete with dazzling choreography, will include a work by Ellen Reid, Tennessee’s own 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, and music ranging from gospel and merengue to an exuberant George Gershwin medley.

These two performance programs will be highlighted by the world premieres of compositions written especially for Concinamus by renowned composers Bruce Adolphe and Jim Papoulis, the first two works in the YPC National Works catalogue

Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.FREE Concert introducing Concinamus

Lee University’s Pangle Hall

340 Church St,

Cleveland, TN

(This concert will be live-streamed at  at 7 p.m. EDT.)

Friday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.FREE Concinamus Concert

Special invited guest of Tennessee ACDA

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

1267 N. Rutherford Blvd

Murfreesboro, TN

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City,founded in 1988 by MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Núñez on a mission of diversity and artistic excellence, has heightened an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen artistic heights, and received America’s highest award for youth programs, a National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. Under Mr. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez (the recipient of a Lee University School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award), YPC reaches over 2,000 children annually in New York City and now, hundreds more through its new YPC National program

TheYPC Nationalprogram of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City supports and inspires youth choruses and choral conductors through a suite of four YPC National programs:

  • YPC National Lab – An intensive program of rehearsals, coachings, master classes, concerts, and workshops.
  • YPC National Studio –A professional development program
  • YPC National Works – A repertoire and commissioning program
  • YPC National Gives – A granting program to help choruses in need of grassroots funding

More information is available at

Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a world-renowned youth chorus founded in 1988 on a mission of diversity, artistic excellence, and education by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year. Under the leadership of Mr. Núñez, the program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of children, heightening an awareness of the ability of children to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry. Almost 2,000 children from ages 8 to 18 participate annually in YPC through its after-school, in-school, and community programs. YPC is a recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, America’s highest honor for youth programs. For more information, visit

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