YPC National


4th Annual
YPC National Lab

in residence at
Music Academy | Santa Barbara, California

July 22-29, 2024

*YPC National summer intensive Lab program is for youth singers up to age 18.

We are thrilled to extend an invitation to you and your singers for the highly anticipated 4th Annual YPC National Summer Lab and Studio. This one-week musical experience is designed for innovative choral conductors and enthusiastic young singers, set against the backdrop of one of the most picturesque beach communities in our country. The event will take place in residence at the esteemed Music Academy in Santa Barbara, California.

With a steadfast commitment to musical excellence for young artists, this program offers a joyful and collaborative environment. Singers will have the opportunity to expand their skills in singing, movement, rhythm, and performance, working alongside talented singers from the renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Conductors and teachers will have the invaluable opportunity to work closely with the esteemed MacArthur Award winner, composer, and conductor Francisco J. Núñez, as well as the accomplished YPC artistic faculty. Together, they will delve into repertoire study and refine conducting skills.

In addition to the enriching musical program, the week will feature community performances, recreational activities, and ample time to enjoy the breathtaking oceanside community of Santa Barbara. Stay tuned for more detailed event information as it becomes available.

We sincerely hope to have the honor of welcoming you and your singers to this extraordinary event in Santa Barbara.


Interested in attending YPC National Lab?

Registration is officially open!

Chorister Registration: $900

YPC National Lab Chorister Enrollment Fees include:
  • Housing on Music Academy Campus (Dorm Locations)
  • Bus transportation for special events (local)
  • Meals & Snacks
  • Meditation Sessions along the pristine beaches of Santa Barbara
  • Exclusive events daily
  • Concerts, activities, excursions and lessons
  • Music and materials

Chaperone Registration: $900

YPC National Lab Chaperone Enrollment Fees include:
  • Housing on Music Academy Campus (Dorm Locations)
  • Bus transportation for special events (local)
  • Meals & Snacks
  • Exclusive event and concert access

2024 Artists in Residency

Francisco J. Núñez
Artistic Director/Founder

Francisco Núñez is a MacArthur Fellow, composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the Artistic Director/Founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York, renowned worldwide for its diversity and artistic excellence. He is sought after not only as a guest conductor by professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choirs in North America and Europe, but also as a master teacher and advisor for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals worldwide.

Elizabeth Núñez
Co-Artistic Director

Elizabeth Núñez is the Associate Artistic Director and the conductor, choral clinician, soloist, and founding artistic director of the SoHarmoniums Women’s Choir. She has conducted in the New York City’s most prestigious venues, on national television, and has led YPC to first prize at the Cantonigròs International Music Festival and the title “Choir of the World” at the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival.

Doreen Rao
PH.D., Conductor-Teacher

As a highly acclaimed conductor, educator, and advocate for choral music, Doreen Rao brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program. Her passion for nurturing young voices and fostering artistic growth aligns perfectly with our mission. We are excited to have her join us at the YPC National Studio and Lab, where she will inspire and guide our talented students and contribute to the vibrant choral community we have built.

Yuka C. Honda
Electronics Instrumentalist, Composer, and Producer

Yuka is primarily known for founding the band Cibo Matto in the 1990s.  They released two LPs and one EP on Warner Brothers Records. As a producer, she has produced albums by Sean Lennon and Martha Wainwright, among others.
Recently, Yuka created a multi-media opera titled “No Revenge Necessary” which tells the story of a post-apocalypse world in which humans survive and coexist with A.I. entities. It was performed at National Sawdust (Brooklyn NY) in 2019, where Yuka was an Artist In Residence.
She has won a multiple awards including the London International Animation Festival’s Best Sound Awards, for the music she composed for the animation film “Anxious Body” by Yoriko Mizushiri which premiered at Cannes 2021 Director’s Fortnight. Other current projects include a duo with her husband Nels Cline (Wilco) called CUP, and also a duo with YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO)  called Mycorrhiza.

2024 Featured Choirs

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Music Academy’s SING! Program

Learn More

To learn more, contact us at info@ypcnational.org.

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