SING! Program Director, Music Academy
Erin McKibben is an active GRAMMY-nominated performer, educator, and conductor based in Southern California, originally from Portland, Oregon. She is the Director of the Music Academy’s Sing! choral program and Director of the Santa Barbara School of Music. Erin is principal flutist for the Los Angeles-based experimental classical ensemble, Wild Up, whose performances have been listed in both the LA and New York Times “Best Of” lists.
A conducting fellow with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, conducts in YPC’s School Choruses program, works with YPC’s community chorus at Goddard Riverside, and assists with YPC’s Prelude and Amani divisions. Before working with YPC, Taylor taught in New York City public, parochial and charter schools, bringing music education to thousands of students. Taylor graduated from Ithaca College School of Music with a BA in Music with a voice concentration. Taylor also is an experienced composer and arranger having written for student ensembles at the high school and collegiate level in various schools and universities around the country.
Erin Homes Smith is an experienced music educator, administrator, and performer that spans over two decades. A veteran K-8 music teacher, Erin has taught students and directed choirs in schools and community music programs, and has served as the National Choir Coordinator for American Young Voices (AYV). In addition, she is an active choral artist and credits her experience and practice of music to directly enhancing her teaching for the benefit of students and overall work in music education.
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 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.
Nancy Bloom is the Executive Producer for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, responsible for producing all YPC concerts, negotiating concert fees and contracts, as well as a member of the events and fundraising development team. She is an ex-officio YPC board member, volunteered for 16 years, and was an executive committee member of the YPC board before going on staff. She previously was the director of radio and television production for CBS Records.