Young People’s Chorus of New York appoints new creative director
The world fame New York Youth Choir (YPC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Núñez as Creative Director. An acclaimed conductor, clinician, speaker and soloist, Núñez has been with YPC since 2004 and has been instrumental in promoting the award-winning choir’s key programs as well as envisioning new initiatives. In his new role, Núñez will lead YPC’s creative programming efforts.
“For nearly two decades, Elizbeth has been instrumental in the organization, developing our school choir program, directing award-winning performances and much more.” said Francisco J. Núñez, founder and artistic director of YPC. “Particularly during the pandemic, when we had to pivot and it was so important to keep our choristers engaged, Elizabeth’s vision in creating online programs and virtual events was unmatched. She more than met the moment and we’re excited to see where his new ideas take YPC.”
As conductor for YPC, Elizabeth has led YPC choirs in highly acclaimed and widely seen performances at New York’s most iconic institutions, including Carnegie Hallthe Apollo Theater and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as national television appearances on programs like the Today Show, The Tonight Show jimmy fallon, and hello america. She led YPC in her debut in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart and White Light Festivals and in international choral competitions led singers to first place at the Cantonigròs International Music Festival in Spain and the Kathaumixw Choral Festival. in British Columbia, where the choristers were additionally awarded the general title of “Choir of the World”, the first North American choir to do so in the competition’s 34-year history. Elizabeth has also prepared YPC for performances of Mass from Bernstein to Mostly Mozart and most recently conducted choristers at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Holiday Light Show (alongside a special guest speaker michelle obama), the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at Lincoln Center’s Restart Stage “Ready, Set, Sing!”
In addition to directing, Núñez cultivated YPC’s School Choruses program where she grew the program from two participating schools in 2005 to over 40 schools, ultimately reaching and benefiting thousands of children across New York City. . During the pandemic, she also imagined and implemented a virtual school program called “Hello, Singers!”, a ten-episode pilot series that reached more than 3,000 children in New York.
Alongside her work at YPC, Núñez is a guest conductor, choral clinician, and lecturer, directing performances and workshops for regional and national conferences. She has led numerous all-state honor choirs, the 2016 OAKE National Children’s Honor Choir and led YPC as the featured choir at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Regional Conference. She is also the founding artistic director of the intergenerational women’s choir SoHarmoniums, which has flourished under her leadership from six members in 2006 to more than 60 women today, and they perform regularly to capacity audiences throughout New York City.
Núñez is also a role model for your female backing vocalists and a champion for women within the industry. She is the founder of WIT: Women Inspiring Tomorrow, a thriving mentorship program that brings together YPC high school girls with its alumni and accomplished women in various professions. She is one of the original members of the renowned CHIEF female member network, which supports and connects female leaders.
Núñez earned a master’s degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Lee University, where she received the School of Music’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award for her commitment to “changing lives of American youth. She is a professional singer who continues to perform as a soloist. She is also a board member of Chorus America.
Alongside the rest of the talented YPC team, Elizabeth looks forward to continuing to host vibrant music programs for New York’s youth. In her spare time, she lives on the Upper West Side and spends time with her husband, Francisco, their two children, Sebastian and Sabrina, and their Italian greyhound puppy, Dolly.
For more information about YPC, please visit www.ypc.org.