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Francisco Nunez Born in New York City of Dominican descent, Francisco J. Núñez is a composer, conductor, a leading figure in music education, and a visionary, whose strongly held ideas have resulted in the critical and popular success of the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), a chorus of 300 young people from 7 through 18 of all ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Mr. Núñez is frequently called upon by choirs throughout the country for help in replicating the YPC success, and last year addressed the development of multicultural urban choirs in a keynote speech at the national conference of Chorus America in Washington, D.C. In addition, together with the New York City Department of Education, Mr. Núñez is bringing the YPC choral program to hundreds more children through the chorus’s Satellite program in New York City schools and Casita Maria at the Bronx Studio School for Writers & Artists in the South Bronx.

Mr. Núñez is also a composer whose award-winning works and arrangements for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments are inspired by a wide range of Latin cultures and musical idioms. As a conductor, Mr. Núñez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, the New York University Singers and NYU Women’s Chorus, and is a guest conductor and master teacher for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals nationwide.

For his exemplary work with children, Mr. Núñez has been presented with numerous awards, such as the prestigious Child Champion award from Child magazine, a Liberty Ambassador medal from the New York Post, and a Luminary Award from Casita Maria. He has also been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics of 2005 by Hispanic Business magazine, a 2005 man of achievement by Hispanic Magazine, and selected for GMC’s advertising campaign as an unsung Hispanic hero doing great work in the community. In 2006 Mr. Núñez and the chorus were recognized with Chorus America’s Education Outreach Award.