Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Decade of Dreams: Elizabeth and the Catapult

"The self-assured Elizabeth and the Catapult prove what a sultry-voiced Greenwich Village habitue with a Norah Jones jones should do: Just let it flow"
-The Boston Globe

YPC Alumnus, Elizabeth Ziman, has been added to the star powered lineup of our 10th Anniversary Gala Concert that includes Country music sensation Rosanne Cash, Reggae Superstar Maxi Priest, and American Idol finalist Phil Stacey.

Join the us at Carnegie Hall on October 22nd and watch our young dreamers join an
alumnus dreamer on stage.

For more information about the YPC's 10th Anniversary Gala visit

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Decade of Dreams: Save the Children

On September 6, 2007, the Young People's Chorus of New York City performed at the 75th Anniversary Benefit for Save the Children. There was much excitement as five of our young choristers from the Cantare Division had the privilege of escorting former President Bill Clinton, former President George Bush, Sr., and Melinda Gates to the stage as they were honored throughout the night. It was a tremendous opportunity for the children to meet these high-profile people throughout the night. One chorister, Stephan, exclaimed, “I’m never washing this shirt again!” after Samuel L. Jackson greeted him backstage with a pat on the back.

The Young People’s Chorus was introduced at the end of the evening by Samuel L. Jackson, and as he announced the choristers, he was met with overwhelming applause as audience members immediately clapped in recognition. A special arrangement of Jim Papoulis’ “Give Us Hope” was prepared for the grand finale of the event, with Jim Papoulis himself playing the piano, and featuring the incredible solo voice of Tony-Award-Winner Idina Menzel. The choristers were thrilled as Idina Menzel smiled, sang, and hugged them on stage.

- Sophia Miller, Assistant Conductor

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Decade of Dreams: New Season Begins

This past week at YPC we had our Annual Voice Camp. It was a very fun and unique experience.We learned many new vocal exercises and many new ways of how to control our breath while singing. Not only did we have a blast but we also had AMAZING teachers.

There was Andrea (a professor at Lee University) who flew all the way from Tennessee just to work with us. She is one of the best vocal teachers/coaches I have ever worked with, even though it has not been many, and I enjoyed working with her. There was also Jackie who is an amazing dancer/choreographer. She is very passionate about her work and I think it is always an honor to work with her.

Voice camp was also a great time to get to know new member of the chorus, and to associate with new people and expand your horizons. During camp I also learned many new things about myself. I was able to hit a note I was not capable of hitting without a breath technique that we were taught. It was an experience of a lifetime, and at the end of it I kept wishing camp was longer because it was so much fun!

During voice camp I also made a brand-new friend that is now one of my best. After camp was over, I became excited for the up and coming year because it showed that we are now prepared and ready to take on any challenging music and concerts.

-Jeffri Peralta, Young Men Division

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A Decade of Dreams: The New York Pops

77 of New York City's top musicians from the worlds of symphonic music, Broadway and recording...check.

Largest independent symphonic pops orchestra in the United States...check.

Only symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular American music...check.

Performing with the Young People's Chorus of New York City on our 10th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall...CHECK!

Join the YPC and The New York Pops at our 10th Anniversary Gala, Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.

All 1,000 members of the YPC will perform with guests:
The New York Pops
Rosanne Cash
Stephen Petronio Company
Melinda Doolittle and Phil Stacey - 2007 American Idol Finalists
Tony Winner Christian Hoff and Bobby Spencer - Broadway Musical "Jersey Boys"
Soledad O'Brien - CNN
Maxi Priest - Reggae Superstar

Also Featuring:
James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" world premiere choral arrangement.

Brand new song - part theatre, part classical, part rap - written as a gift to the YPC by
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the Tony-winning collaborators of such productions as Ragtime and Seussical, entitled "The Song I Sing".

Concert tickets are on sale now:
Carnegie Hall box office
Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800