Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Free public concert at 2:00 PM
Choirs: Vocalise, Ensemble, Intermediate
Francisco J. Núñez, the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship presented to individuals for their "exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits," is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC). Twenty-five years ago he founded YPC to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth, and in 2011 YPC was presented with the nation's highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
Mr. Núñez also leads University Glee Club of New York City, its fifth conductor since the all-men's choir was established in 1894, and was the director of choral activities at New York University from 2003 to 2010. He is sought after nationwide as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs, and as a master teacher and advisor for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals.
As a composer, Mr. Núñez won early acclaim for seamlessly fusing a wide gamut of cultures and musical idioms, writing his first choral work,Misa Pequeña, at age 15. Today, he composes countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles, from classical to pop, for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments, all of which are published by Boosey & Hawkes. Coca Cola named him music director of its 125th anniversary year and also commissioned him to write a new arrangement of Coca Cola's "Buy the World a Coke" advertising jingle for its 40th anniversary campaign in 2011.
With the creation of his Transient Glory commissioning series of concerts, recordings, symposia, and publications, Mr. Núñez has greatly expanded and invigorated the repertoire of choral music for young people with more than 70 works by today's most distinguished composers. In a unique collaboration with Chester Novello and G Schirmer, the Transient Glory compositions are being published by Boosey & Hawkes, where Mr. Núñez is an editor, so that other choruses worldwide can have access to this challenging music. In 2009 he extended Transient Glory to Radio Radiance, a radio, digital media and internet program, presented in partnership with American Public Media, to develop new audiences for cutting-edge choral music through national broadcasts and a grassroots effort in cooperation with youth choruses in cities from coast to coast.
Continuing his long history of bringing children of all kinds together to lead fuller and more productive lives, Mr. Núñez recently began a collaboration with the Dominican Republic to create a national children's choral movement to unite the country's children and elevate the level of artistic excellence in the country's choral music community.
Francisco Núñez's early years contributed to his passion for providing children with a path to fulfilling their life's potential. He grew up in close-knit Dominican family in New York City's Washington Heights. As a piano prodigy, he spent his time away from school at home practicing piano. Through his musical talent, he met other children with the same interests in music but from different cultural and economic environments. He learned from them, and they learned from him. After he graduated from NYU as a piano performance major, he formed the Young People's Chorus of New York City, bringing children from underserved neighborhoods together with children from more privileged circumstances. With music as the equalizer, the diversity in the group resulted in new vocal colors and a confident urban style, creating not only a vibrant new choral sound, but also an avenue for children to succeed. As an authority on the subject, he is often invited to give keynote addresses on the role of music in achieving equality and diversity among children in today's society at choral symposia and conferences across the country.
To advance and expand the instructional methods that have been so successful with YPC choristers, Mr. Núñez has established a conducting fellowship program, which provides young conductors with the unique opportunity to work hands on with all YPC choral divisions under the mentorship of Mr. Núñez and YPC's associate conductors.
Mr. Núñez is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2009 ASCAP Concert Music Award, the 2009 New York Choral Society's Choral Excellence Award, and a 2005 Liberty Medal from the New York Post.Hispanic Business magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics of 2005; GMC's national campaign hailed him as an unsung Hispanic hero; La Sociedad Coral Latinoamericana honored him as its 2009 Man of the Year, and he was most recently honored for his dedication and efforts in promoting Latino culture by Centro Cívico Cultural Dominicano.
As a writer, Mr. Núñez is published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. He has also contributed to several magazines, such as Choir and Organ.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Jim Papoulis composes, orchestrates, and conducts music from many genres and is known for work that combines contemporary, classical, and world sounds, writing for films, choirs, dance, and artists of many genres.
He has conducted hundreds of shows worldwide, with artists that include symphonies, chamber ensembles, pop bands, gospel and children's choirs.
Papoulis has made significant contributions to choral music by revitalizing the choral repertoire with songs whose roots are classical and world, with voicing that incorporates lead vocalists with choirs, vocal percussion, and world rhythms. His choral work often is sung from the perspective of the singer, and is constantly inspired by the work he does through the foundation for small voices. He firmly believes that music can heal, educate, celebrate, and empower the lives of children.
Through the Foundation for Small Voices he has conducted songwriting workshops with choirs from the United States, China, Japan, Tanzania, Mexico, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Haiti, England, Norway, Canada, France, Ireland, Bosnia, Jordan, Australia, Dubai, and Greece.
He has worked with choirs on all continents and from all walks of life, and with
Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Beyonce, the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Boys Choir, London Symphony, Beijing Children's Choir, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, Snoop Dogg,Take 6, New York Voices.
His music has recently been featured at:
Free public concert at 1:00 PM.
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For the first time in the organization's history, Cantabile has commissioned a new piece of choral music. "Breakthrough" has been composed especially for Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley by renowned composer Stephen Hatfield on the occasion of the second annual Peninsula Children's Choral Festival.
Don't miss this world premiere of "Breakthrough," our first commission! Come and make history with Cantabile on Saturday, March 10 at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto.