Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Masterclass with Renée Fleming

Enjoy these pictures from our masterclass with Renée Fleming!
See the article in the Huffington Post about it HERE
Photos by Christopher Hall and Steve Sherman as noted

Photo by Steve Sherman
The masterclass participants! From left: Vera, Nia, Renée Fleming, Stephan, Lindsey

Choristers from our Concert Chorus and Young Men attended the special event.

Adam Chinn, our Chairman of the Board, thanking Ms. Fleming for coming and Ms. Lipson for hosting the event!

Photo by Steve Sherman
Concert Chorister Vera with Renée Fleming after singing her set.

Concert Chorister Lindsey singing "Lied der Mignon" by Franz Schubert

Several weeks before the Renee Fleming Master Class, Francisco sat down with Vera, Stephan, and I, three of the four participants, to explain the requirements of participation. We would practice every day. We would know our songs backward and forward, every translation, every note, all the history and background. We would be ready.

Over the next fifteen days, as I researched and practiced my pieces, I was guided and helped through every step of the process by YPC's tireless staff. When the day of the Master Class came, as I looked down at my shoes and took a deep breath to begin, I felt only anticipation, not nerves. YPC made sure I was prepared, and I felt ready.

Singing for Renee Fleming was one of the most wonderful experiences I've ever had. Ms. Fleming was full of kindness and grace; she complimented each of the singers as well as critiquing us, and she gave instructions and ideas in a warm, balanced way. Her practical suggestions gave me a new look at how to practice my songs: she showed me that by singing through each piece on a hum, a lip trill, or the nonsense word "nang," I could make my sound more clean and more resonant. I've seen this to be very helpful as I've been practicing since the class.

I was at first incredibly intimidated by the thought of singing to my peers, but I knew as soon as I walked to center stage that I was facing a kind audience. I left the evening very encouraged by my friends and by Ms. Fleming.

YPC says at the beginning of each year that the staff is ready and excited to help choristers with everything from SAT prep to college auditions. This year, as a senior, I've learned that firsthand: the staff at YPC has helped me immeasurably with college audition prep, college interviews, and leading up to this Master Class. There is no way I could have done it without them.  Similarly, Renee Fleming is described as a kind, warmhearted person, even while being so excellent at her craft and so famous for her work; and having the opportunity to work with her was everything I could have expected and more. I am so very grateful for the experience.

 -Lindsey, 17, Concert Chorus

Young Men Chorister Stephan singing "Knocks Me Off My Feet" by Stevie Wonder

YPC Almuna Nia singing "Gretchen am Spinnrade" by Franz Schubert

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Photos from Camp Jewell!

Earlier this month more than 160 choristers from all divisions gathered for YPC's annual Camp Jewell weekend retreat.

Check out these photos from the very exciting trip to the countryside!

Photos by Christopher Hall
 The boys hiking from Hideaway camp
 Overpass over the lake
 One of our counselors giving us lunch instructions
The purple and orange team wearing their team colors on the capture-the-flag field

Trying archery for the first time

Fun on the mini farm

The path from our rehearsal space to lunch

Choristers recieving team awards before boarding the busses home

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Asia Tour 6: Kins and Pey-lights

Kins and Pey-lights
YPC Asia Tour 2013
Shanghai, China

Hi everyone,

In case you didn't know, I am the newest member of the YPC Staff, and this is my first tour with YPC. The experience I've had so far has been everything from exhilarating to challenging.

Prior to our tour, we had three weeks of intense music and dance rehearsals in New York. It is now the ninth day of the tour and we are still rehearsing with the same vigor. We've had three concerts already!

Every evening after room checks are done (normally after 11 p.m.), we unpack and repack the production suitcases which are normally filled with spike tape, YPC CDs, YPC Pins and Key-lights (or Kins and Pey-lights as Lindsay and I have been calling them since packing in New York - we kept on getting the names confused while trying the fit them all around the 22 suitcases we had!). 

It has been wonderful to see the YPC team grow over the course of these nine days. Carrying a load of suitcases and instruments to a concert is not an easy task when done alone or with just YPC staff members. Thankfully, the load has been distributed across all of YPC, and the staff and choristers consistently work together to carry the large load on and off buses and conveyer belts.

The sense of community within the tour is incredible. The choristers are all taking care of each other, and assuming leadership roles. It has been truly incredible to see every one grow and develop during these few days.

It has been a joy to join the team this year, and look forward to much more!

Keep posted as we keep experiencing some of the Chinese and Japanese culture.

All my best,
Maria Peña
Artistic Assistant

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Asia Tour 5: (Audio) Wednesday at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium

Wednesday's performance at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong
by Malaia, YPC chorister

[Listen here]

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Asia Tour 4: (Audio) Workshop at the Hong Kong Cultural Center

Workshop by Francisco Núñez and YPC at the Hong Kong Cultural Center
by Joanna Lee and Ken Smith, Arts Consultants and Friends of YPC

[Listen here]

Photos:  Christopher Hall

Asia Tour 3: (Audio) Recap of YPC's first day in Hong Kong

Dear Families, Friends and Parents...
by Rose

Photos:  Christopher Hall

Asia Tour 2: Introducing the YPC Audio Blog!

Welcome to the YPC Audio Blog!  We will be posting throughout the tour in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Japan.  

...and stay tuned!

-Malaia and Kalia

Monday, July 15, 2013

Asia Tour 1: First stop: Hong Kong!

Opening Ceremony of the Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival at Queen Elizabeth Stadium televised by Phoenix TV.

Friday, June 28, 2013

CME in Ithaca: "Music is in everyone"

Young Men sing Working on the Railroad
My favorite thing about CME is definitely the master class. It is a great way to see how others conductors from all over the country  conduct.  Each person shows a different personality and and different strengths and weaknesses. We [the chorus] have the opportunity  to give them constructive criticism and compliments. I have realized how lucky YPC is to have Elizabeth and Sophia, conductors like them are special and rare to find.
- Tiffany, 14, Cantare

Thalia St. Hubert plays violin solo with the chorus
Ithaca was an amazing event.  It being the first time that I went to CME, I learned many helpful tools to help me when I'm sight reading music. I also made friends that will last a long time. CME taught me that music is in everyone and that everyone has a voice. Now I feel good taking the skills that I learned in Ithaca and using them back home at YPC.  I will always remember this awesome trip!
- Kelli,13, Cantare

Ithaca opened me up to many new styles of music, gospel music being my absolute favorite.  Raymond Wise, our guest conductor and composer is a very fun and charismatic. His style and techniques were OFF THE HOOK!
- Betina, 15, Cantare