Michael Kerschner / 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.



Managing Director: Elisa Nikoloulias
Development Chair: Aya Takemoto
Assistant Development: Jennifer Ramon, Lyssa Treibitz
Social Chair: Zoe Aaron
Membership Coordinator/Project Manager: Tala Ginsberg
Concert Coordinator: Cara Weiss
Social Media and Public Relations: Alanna Okun
Librarian: Nicole Ryder
Assistant Artistic Director: Rachel DeVore Fogarty


Soprano I
Nicole Casale
Lizzie Greenwald
Lucy Horton
Caitlin McGuire
Carolyn Mortell
Elisa Nikoloulias
Kristen Ross *
Aya Takemoto
Jenifer Thomas
Soprano II
Zoe Aaron
Pia Dandiya
Tala Ginsberg
Jacqui Kennelly
Keira Mahoney
Liz McLean
Lianna Murphy
Shikha Nayer
Meredith Pickett
Kelly Roska
Nicole Sanfilippo
Sarah Siegel
Julie Steelman
Lyssa Treibitz
Cara Weiss
Chelsea Yamada
Alto I
Kathleen Evans
Marietta Leone
Rachel Newby
Alanna Okun
Laura Palau
Maddie Rottman
Nicole Ryder
Lauren Simpson
Grace Spelman
Betsy Spina
Aviva Stampfer
Alto II
Ryann Bieber
Ashley Carr
Jennifer Kurdyla
Emily Langowitz
Amanda Levine
Sabina Miklowitz
Megan Murtha
Jessie Newman *
Jennifer Ramon
Suzannah Rosenberg
Lauren Witkewicz

*Indicates Section Leader