and Partners

Young People’s Chorus


The mission of Young People’s Chorus (YPC) is to provide New York City children of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance that seeks to fulfill each child’s potential, while creating a model of artistic excellence and diversity that enriches the community.


Purpose: To support programs and operations

The Illumination Fund’s general support helps sustain YPC’s three core programs for 1,900 NYC youth:

  • The Performance Choruses, an intensive afterschool program serving over 400 choristers ages 8 to 18 – the majority of whom participate on full scholarship – who give over 50 concerts a year, locally, nationally and globally.
  • The School Choruses program, providing free high quality vocal training and music education to over 1,300 students in 20 New York City schools with limited-to-no music programming in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
  • The Community Choruses, engaging 150 children – many of whom are from immigrant families and speak English as a second language – in two Upper Manhattan neighborhoods with YPC’s music education and choral performance curriculum.


Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America Educator of the Year (2018), YPC is a multicultural youth chorus whose mission is built on the belief that diversity and inclusivity are critical to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of young people. In addition to a rigorous musical curriculum, YPC provides a range of academic services including guidance and support for college admissions, SAT/ACT prep, subject-specific tutoring, time management and financial workshops, and other life-skills programs, such as workshops on career development and mentorship by professionals. 100% of YPC’s seniors graduate from high schools and gain admission to such institutions as Bard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard, Ithaca, Middlebury College, and New York University. Some of these choristers are the first in their families to attend college.



Photos by Stephanie Berger.