Alex Canovas / Artistic Director

Women’s Ensemble

Our Story

Founded in 2012, the Women’s Ensemble is a vibrant member of the YNYC family. The story of the creation of this new ensemble reveals a great deal about our commitment to our singers, our audience, and to the art form we love.

We are proud of what we have developed over our 12-year history, and our efforts as champions of new music and producers of innovative choral concerts has been an exciting addition to the classical music scene of New York City. The past several seasons has seen a growth in the size of our core ensemble, The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and every year there is an increase in talent seeking the opportunity to join our group of vocal artists. It is clear that the YNYC institution is ready to grow beyond what we are, and the biggest challenge is that we do not grow beyond who we are.

We are protective of the YNYC vibe because it is so wonderfully unique. Despite performing a challenging repertoire, we have a casual atmosphere and enjoy a grassroots organizational structure, utilizing the skills of our volunteers to do the difficult work of managing our growth and our rising visibility in the choral scene. The audience is the beneficiary of this approach. Our concerts, no matter how innovative and ambitious, feel like family gatherings. We know that our expansion needs to honor our mission and values, and our new Women’s Ensemble is the perfect compliment to what YNYC already does so well; bring new music to life and provide an artistic home for singers in their twenties and thirties.



Artistic Director: Alex Canovas
General Assistant Artistic Director: Rachel DeVore Fogarty
Managing Director: Elisa Nikoloulias
Membership & Project Manager: Tala Ginsberg
Librarians: Nicole Ryder & Jennifer Kurdyla
Development Chair: Aya Takemoto
Social Media & PR Chairs: Alanna Okun & Kierstin Coatney
Concert & Volunteer Coordinators: Amanda Levine & Cara Weiss
Social Chairs: Nicole Sanfilippo, Julie Steelman, Cara McIlwaine


Soprano I
Zoe Aaron
Rachel Aldrich
Kierstin Coatney
Irene Droney
Alexis Freitag
Lizzie Greenwald
Sara Kelly
Jennifer Lambert
Caitlin McGuire
Gwen Petro
Carmen Reinicke
Anna Shelkin
Aya Takemoto
Soprano II
Talia Corren
Pia Dandiya
Katey Dolezal
Tala Ginsberg
Basia Karpiel
Keira Mahoney
Liz McLean
Lianna Murphy
Shikha Nayar
Daniella Newton
Elisa Nikoloulias
Bethany Salutz
Nicole Sanfilippo
Sarah Siegel
Julie Steelman
Cara Weiss
Alto I
Ashley Barad
Karen Bradley
Anna Cline
Chaele Davis
Marie Olson
Katie Fegan
Kathryn Guidone
Angela Kahn
Emily Lovejoy
Margaret (Montavon) Feldman
Cara McIlwaine
Alanna Okun
Laura Palau
Meredith Pickett
Yael Rein
Nicole Ryder
Deborah Sachare
Alyson Silkowski
Rebecca Warzer
Alto II
Ryann Bieber
Rachel Carron
Maria Difabbio
Jennifer Kurdyla
Amanda Levine
Maya Mapuana
Paula Nemerson
Sara Newman
Amaka Orji
Jenny Price
Jennifer Ramon
Sarah Rosenblatt

*Indicates Section Leader