Monday, March 28, 2016

YPC’s New Community Chorus!

As one of YPC’s new Conducting Fellows, I’m thrilled to be working with the wonderful boys and girls of YPC’s new community chorus at Goddard Riverside Community Center. The chorus is a great opportunity for these children to make new friends and sing together as part of Manhattan’s Upper West Side community.

Our first rehearsal on February 23rd set the stage for an exciting semester: when 30 children from schools across New York City met for the first time in Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center auditorium. The auditorium houses many afterschool activities for local students, but this one is different: the children learn singing techniques, play musical games, and create music together. For many children, this is their first time singing in a chorus!

YPCGR rehearsing at Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center.

“I like it because I like singing and dancing.” –Luca, 6th Grade

“It’s fun! I like it. My favorite thing is the music, and I’ve made new friends.” –Brittany, 4th Grade

Now, just one month later, it’s clear that these children are ready and eager to learn more. We’re already looking forward to our performance at Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Spring Showcase on Friday, April 8th. Come see us!

Later on in June, we will combine with our other community chorus, YPC at Washington Heights and dozens of other choruses in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, for a big concert at the Prudential Center. It’s going to be a fantastic spring!

We are always looking for more children to join us. If you or a child you know is interested in singing with the chorus, please fill out an audition interest form at

–Kari Francis