Michael Kerschner / Artistic Director


Since the spring of 2001, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus has provided a close­knit fellowship for talented singers in their twenties and early thirties, assembling some of the finest choral musicians from the many young people seeking an artistic life in this dynamic city. Under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Kerschner, YNYC’s 80+ mixed voice choir and 40+ Women’s Ensemble (WYNYC) perform works by classical greats such as Brahms, Duruflé, and Bernstein and has commissioned more than thirty new works through the annual Competition for Young Composers, which counts Joshua Shank, Jake Runestead, and other now-­familiar names among its alumni. In the 14 years of the Competition, over $20,000 has been awarded to exciting young artists from all over the world.

Judging Panel

Michael Kerschner – Artistic Director & Conductor, The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus

Chris Mueller – composer and Assistant Artistic Director, The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus

Other choral conductors and composers from the New York metro area

Eligibility and Guidelines

Applicants must be under the age of 35 years old at the time of the premiere concert in June. If chosen as a finalists, applicant must be willing to travel to New York City for concert week rehearsals and June concert. YNYC anticipates awarding small travel grants up to $250 to finalists if needed, and can also can arrange homestays with choir members.

All submissions must contain:

  1. Completed Application – Available at www.ynyc.org/composers-compeition/apply-online while applications are being accepted.

  2. One-Page Professional Resume

  3. Score and Recording of an Original Composition – The submitted composition may be scored for mixed choir or women’s choir. It can be a cappella or with piano, organ, harp, or percussion accompaniment. The recording must be between 3 and 10 minutes in length. Excerpted or partial recordings of a larger work are acceptable, but please send only one work.  Midi recordings are acceptable, but a live recording is preferred.

  4. One-Page Description of the Submitted Work – (Approx. 250 words)

  5. $25 Application Fee – This fee can be paid through our secure online payment form; if you would prefer to pay by check or money order, please contact Emma at emma@ynyc.org for mailing information.  Checks and money orders must be in US dollars, made payable to The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus.

We are no longer accepting applications for the current competition cycle. Check back in March, 2018 for information on how to apply for the 2018-2019 Competition for Young Composers.