Thursday, December 11, 2008
Introducing the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, PA.
In January of 2009, rehearsals will begin for YPC’s very first affiliate: the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, in residence at The Behrend College of Penn State Erie’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Jason Bishop, director of choral activities at the college, has taken on the role of Founder/Artistic Director for YPC Erie.
“As the YPC has demonstrated for 20 years in New York, bringing together children with diverse backgrounds is a powerful force that builds unity, community and long-lasting friendships,” said Dr. Bishop. “Until now, students in northwest Pennsylvania may have had great experiences singing in local school or church choirs, but, typically, that exposes them only to children with similar backgrounds.”
When the chorus kicks off rehearsals in January, they will have 100 choristers in three divisions: an elementary chorus for children 7 to 10; a middle school chorus for ages 10 to 14; and high school chorus for teens ages 14 to 18.
The Young People’s Chorus of Erie will also be a special guest at YPC’s 8th annual Honor Chorus Festival in New York on March 28. (Honor Chorus, a fun day of singing and friendship, is open to any interested young women ages 12-18 and young men ages 11-18. For more information, click here.)
“We hope the creation of Young People’s Chorus of Erie is just the first step in a long-held dream to expand the successes of the YPC model to children in other cities,” said Mr. Nunez, “to demonstrate the often untapped capabilities of children of all backgrounds.”
As mentioned in the title, CoolSide of Yuletide is well... cool. YPC Artistic Director and Founder Francisco Núñez and composer Jim Papoulis put a unique twist on holiday favorites like “Deck the Halls,” “Drummer Boy,” “Joy to the World,” and “Let It Snow.” The CD also includes original songs such as “How Many Christmasaes,” recorded by YPC, Rosanne Cash and choirs from around the globe and “Where Are My Angels,” featuring YPC and American Idol Finalist Phil Stacey.
The idea for the CD began when a television network asked YPC sing “upbeat and cool” carols on a holiday program. “Nothing I found was cool enough,” said Mr. Núñez, “so with Jim Papoulis we decided to create our own.”
“Our goal for Coolside of Yuletide was to shake the tree,” explains Jim Papoulis, “giving these carols a cool, young vibe that are enjoyable to singers and listeners alike.”
WHAT A GREAT GIFT IDEA!
Visit coolsideofyuletide.com to hear tracks, learn more or to purchase this fun and exciting CD.
You'll enjoy amazing holiday music and feel good knowing that you've supported the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ and The Foundation for Small Voices, two non-profit organizations dedicated to creating music and mentoring opportunities for children. And that's the coolest part of all.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ has begun a new relationship with Jazz at Lincoln Center as its first chorus in residence at its home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
Gail Beltrone, Vice President of Frederick P. Rose Hall, home to Jazz at Lincoln Center says, “We are delighted and excited to welcome the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Francisco Núñez to the Jazz at Lincoln Center family. We think they will be a tremendous asset to an already bustling facility.”
YPC continues in residence at the 92nd Street Y, where it has been for the past 11 years, and at WNYC, New York public radio, where it has been the resident chorus since 2003.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
(Click image to view the film.)
“Every Stop on the F Train”
Text from the NYC subway stations
Film by Bill Morrison
Commissioned (2007) by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City
THE MAKING OF
"EVERY STOP ON THE F TRAIN"
Michael Gordon on creating the music:
“What’s more urban than the subway? When Francisco J. Núñez asked me to write a piece for Transient Glory, I immediately thought of all the stops that whiz by us as we sit on the train waiting to arrive at our destination. The A train has the longest route, but I think the F has the best sounding stops. I also like that the F starts in Jamaica, Queens, and ends in Coney Island, Brooklyn. I organized the piece in three sections corresponding to the boroughs the F Train travels through. Every Stop on the F Train starts with a single melody in Queens, splits into a 2-part canon (at the eighth note) when it arrives in Manhattan and then into a 4-part canon (at the quarter note) when it arrives in Brooklyn. New Yorkers will note that some of the stops actually have 2 names (42 Street/Times Square); in those cases, I chose only one.”
Bill Morrison on creating the film:
“When I was approached about making a film for the piece, I did not hesitate to accept. When I began filming, I realized there were several complications with shooting on the subway. Firstly, it was illegal. Secondly, there were other people on the subway who may or may not like being filmed. Thirdly, the subway did not provide a smooth ride. And fourthly, each and every inch of glass in the entire subway system is covered with scratches and scrawls. I found a tripod that clamped to the poles inside the car provided the stability a conventional tripod could not. I discovered that either New Yorkers didn’t mind being filmed, or they were just too darn polite to say so. And I learned to like all the scratches on the windows. I was not able to resolve the legality issue.
“So I tried clamping the camera between the subway cars, figuring at least my camera would be out of the way. In so doing, I found my protagonist: the spring connecting two cars, which moves with acceleration of the car ahead of it. As this flying coil navigated the city, I felt like each station pulled the next one through the frames of my film, just as the voices of the YPC pull Michael’s measures along. They were exhilarating rides from Queens to Brooklyn and back. A homeless guy once asked me if I was all right, and I assured him that everything was going great.
“I was eventually collared by an MTA cop (and not by the two seen on the 42nd Street platform in the film). I explained to him that it was the camera that had been riding between the cars, not me. And furthermore, that the camera had only filmed the platforms lining the subway, not the subway itself. He gave me a ticket for riding between the cars, but not for filming on the subway. I thanked him for not busting my chops too bad. To my surprise, he thanked me for not busting his chops too bad as well.”
Monday, August 11, 2008
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL KATHAUMIXW
POWELL RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
JUNE 29-JULY 7, 2008
The YPC Cantare division arrived in Powell River, British Columbia on Tuesday July 1, after 3 days of travel and rehearsal in Vancouver. Thirty-seven choristers ages 10-14 had traveled to participate in their first international competition and festival: The International Choral Kathaumixw. For many of these children, it was their first time away from mom, first time on a plane, and first time in another country!
When we left they were most excited about the things most children were excited about: sleeping with their friends in a hotel room, swimming, watching movies on the bus. They quickly forgot about those things when we arrived at the festival. We were one of the youngest choirs at the festival, the least experienced, and proud to be representing the diversity of New York City. The choristers’ focus soon turned to two goals: 1. making friends with children from other choirs and 2. making their performances—both in competition and in concerts—the very best they could be.
Each of our community concerts were sold out. Our second concert was completed with a standing ovation and encore and as the children boarded the bus to return to their hotel room, the audience continued to applaud them in the parking lot. Cantare’s competition performances were equally as enticing, filled with difficult programming and diversity in song selections and the chorus came off the stage feeling elated about their accomplishments. Community members of Powell River complimented their musicality where ever they went. Other conductors commented on the extraordinary venture of bringing a choruses “intermediate” ensemble to such an event.
The first day, choristers learned a singing game from the Surrey Youth Chorus—a young women’s choir—called “Run, run, my baby.” Our choristers then proceeded to invite all the other choirs to play along. The game requires everyone to make a big circle (you can have as many or as few play as you like) and some members run in the middle of the circle and dance, choosing others to take their place. YPC quickly became friends with every choir from the South African Youth Chorus to the Kotori Children’s Choir from Japan to the Seattle Girls’ Chorus.
During our travel home, the choristers wrote about what they had seen and learned. Here are some of their responses:
• This tour has enhanced my pride in YPC because “I can see that we were the most diverse chorus there and we still did really well despite what people expect from us.”
• “I learned how to be more social.”
• “I learned to get more into the music when I am singing and not just to memorize the lyrics, but to know what they actually mean.”
• “My favorite moment was the middle of “Beauty in a Moment” when there was this AMAZING connection between the audience, Elizabeth, and us. It was so beautiful and one of the most MAGICAL moments I have ever experienced with YPC.”
• “The greatest experience was that we were so strong and passionate about our singing that winning didn’t matter to us. We learned that practice makes BETTER! YPC is my second family.”
• “This week I learned to breathe deeply, trust myself, and that no matter what you see on the outside, everyone can be a friend.”
• “I learned that even though people can be so diverse you can still be so happy together and have fun times. We spent so much effort in rehearsals and it paid off, we did our very best. This trip was truly AMAZING!!”
• “I tried very hard to remember everything we worked on. At the end of “Miracles” it was so together and very powerful..”
• “My greatest musical experience was seeing other choirs and how they perform and the amount of focus they have. I am very proud that we got the right pitches. This is not only a choir, but a big family.”
• “This trip made me more independent, responsible, and a little more outspoken. Seeing everyone support everyone else and being together as a family made me feel better about being a part of YPC.”
• Seeing all the choirs from around the world taught me “that no matter what culture or language you practice or know, singing is something we all love. I am motivated to work harder.”
• I am proud of YPC because “its true we are all in this together, and together we can achieve anything.”
• “I learned that even though we do not speak the same languages, we all come together through song.”
• “This trip changed my life. It was my first time on a plane and a boat!”
• “This tour taught me that I don’t have to be afraid to sing in front of people. Because I used to have that fear.”
• “The greatest experience
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY (YPC)
SPOTLIGHTED ON PBS’S FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL IN JULY *
In New York, the Young People’s Chorus Episode Will be Seen on Thirteen/WNET, Channel 13 on Sunday, July 27, at 11:30 a.m.
You can also download see a web-version featured video today by visiting http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/fromthetop/pages/
You can download a lesson about the YPC by visiting http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/fromthetop/for-teachers/season-2/207/all_things_change.phpThe multicultural Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), among today’s finest youth choruses, will be featured on PBS’s Emmy-nominated From the Top at Carnegie Hall on public television stations throughout the country in July. The program airs in New York City on Thirteen/WNET, Channel 13, on Sunday, July 27, at 11:30 a.m.*
Hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley, the From the Top at Carnegie Hall series showcases America’s most extraordinary young musicians from 8 to 18, capturing the excitement of a Carnegie Hall performance both onstage and off. It gives a behind-the scenes look at a typical rehearsal conducted by YPC Artistic Director and Founder Francisco J. Núñez and a glimpse into how Mr. Nunez’s vision of combining diversity and musical excellence forever changes the lives of its members. The segment concludes with the chorus singing Luis Kalaff’s Guayacanal and Panta Rhei, a work commissioned by the chorus from Jim Papoulis, a composer who combines contemporary sounds with musical traditions from around the world.
From the Top at Carnegie Hall is a co-production of WGBH, From the Top, and Don Mischer Productions in partnership with Carnegie Hall.
*For stations and times, please to go to the From the Top Web site at www.pbs.org/wgbh/fromthetop/pages/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org -
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July is an eventful month for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. In addition to the national telecast of From the Top at Carnegie Hall, three of the chorus’s five divisions are competing in international choral competitions and performances in Europe and Canada.
This month Mr. Núñez takes the Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Division to the World Choir Olympics in Graz, Austria, where the two divisions will defend the gold medals they won in the 2004 Choir Olympics in Bremen, Germany. Following the Olympics, they will travel to Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague where the two YPC divisions will sing in the 2008 Rhapsody Music Festival.
In North America, YPC Associate Conductor Elizabeth Núñez and the Cantare Division of the YPC, are heading Powell River, British Columbia for the International Kathaumixw Festival and Competition, hoping to repeat the YPC’s gold medal-winning performances of 2002.
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About the Young People’s Chorus
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City was founded by Francisco J. Núñez in 1988 with a commitment to combining cross-cultural understanding among children of different ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds with musical excellence.
Since then, the chorus, comprising young people from every corner of New York City, as well as Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester, has distinguished itself as one of today’s finest and most influential youth choruses, winning cheers for its performances on three continents. They have sung everywhere from Carnegie Hall and the White House to Smetana Hall in Prague and St. Martin in the Fields in London, and represented the United States at the 2005 World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto. The chorus returns to Japan in summer 2009 for a four-week, 19-city tour and was recently honored to sing for Pope Benedict XVI on his first papal visit to the U.S. Each year, YPC serves more than 1100 children from 7 to 18 from the New York City area through its core after-school program encompassing five divisions and its satellite program in eight of the city’s public schools.
In addition, YPC has impacted the world of choral music itself by commissioning and premiering more than 50 pieces of music for children’s chorus from a Who’s Who of today’s most respected composers as part of the YPC’s Transient Glory concert series. All of this music is subsequently published so that other choruses worldwide can share in the performance of these compositions. Nineteen of these works are included on two acclaimed Transient Glory CDs.
The chorus has been recognized with numerous honors, including a 2005 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and Chorus America’s 2006 Education Outreach Award. They have also been cited as a leader in demonstrating a strong commitment to urban at-risk youth by the New York State Assembly and the Mayor of New York City and as a “national model of artistic excellence and diversity” by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities. For more information, visit http://www.ypc.org/.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The newest edition of the YPC CD family has been launched: Transient Glory II is available, being sold on cdbaby.com and receiving its first reviews from major magazines!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
- Joan Tower (Who just won several Grammy's)
- Douglas J. Coumo (who wrote the theme music for "Sex in the City"),
- Ko Matsushita, who is travelling in from Japan,
- Bora Yoon (an incredible young composer who will use cool cell phone techniques)
- And a new Music/Film collaboration with Michael Gordon (Bang on a Can Co-Founder)with Film maker Bill Morrison.
- Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (who wrote - Ragtime, Once on This Island and more...)
Here is an update on ONE of our composers:
Douglas J. Cuomo
Have you visited Doug Cuomo's website? You can hear excerpts from some of his impressive pieces such as SEX & THE CITY the TV show and new movie and many other film and TV shows. I just found out he also arranged, produced and conducted strings for numerous pop music artists including:
OOPS I DID IT AGAIN (Jive Records).
#1 pop albumand
#1 pop album and #1 single
Interestingly he has written only few choral works - including: KYRIE (from And On Earth, Peace: A Chanticleer Mass) http://www.chanticleer.org/about.cfm
and now of course, a new choral work for The Young People's Chorus (www.ypc.org) entitled FORTUNE. This will be his first work for children's chorus.
To figure out what to do, Doug visited one of our YPC December rehearsals and even brought his children to our Family Concert at Carnegie Hall. He thoroughly enjoyed listening to the YPC and was excited and choose an amazing text for his new piece.
Tickets are on sale now at the Columbia University Miller Theater
box office: call 212-854-7799.
Student/parent tickets are $10Adult tickets are $25
Join us on http://www.facebook.com/ groups: Transient Glory VI
or visit www.ypc.org/transientglory