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October 30, 2003

New York Daily News

The Young People's Chorus of New York City has a whole lot of firsts to its name.
* The first children's chorus with a recording deal for a high-powered series of CDs.
* First American chorus to win first prize in major competitions in Spain, Czechoslovakia and British Columbia.
* First, multicultural chorus to work with the New York City public schools.
* First contemporary choral group to commission and present works written for children by living American composers. They also count Denyce Graves and -Celine Dion among collaborators.

Now YPC has become the city's first resident radio chorus.

John Schaefer, host of "Soundcheck," the program that features the chorus, heard about YPC from Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. "There's been a longstanding interest here in having some kind of resident group," Schaefer says. "In Europe, all the larger radio stations have entire orchestras. Americans are getting the short end of the stick." More

Posted by acapnews at October 30, 2003 3:48 PM


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