To the friends, family, and supporters of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus —
Since canceling our March concerts, we’ve been keeping close watch on the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the continued levels of uncertainty and in accordance with local safety guidelines, it’s with a heavy heart that we are officially suspending the remainder of our 2019-2020 season. The programming for our Women’s and Mixed Ensemble upcoming concerts, including premieres by our Competition for Young Composers finalists and celebrated composer Rex Isenberg, will be performed at the soonest possible opportunity.
Since pausing rehearsals in March, we’ve been finding ways to maintain our wonderful community, and I’m in awe of the continued resilience of our membership, leadership, and board members. We’ve still been meeting regularly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, holding trivia nights, game nights, and themed get-togethers. We even workshopped two pieces written by the wonderful Dale Trumbore for live virtual choir!
Our work continues as we prepare for our 20th anniversary season next year. Additionally, we’ve ensured that our artistic staff and collaborators have been compensated for their work on our planned spring concerts. We’re able to make this happen in no small part due to ongoing and generous support from you, our extended family. Financial support for the performing arts is more important than ever, as our primary means of revenue, like ticket sales, are not available. Contributions of any size are incredibly appreciated and will empower us to continue our mission. Donations may be made at https://ynyc.org/support-us
When I started putting together the programming for our season theme, Metropolis, I envisioned it as a choral love letter to New York, a celebration of all that makes our home city the incredible place that it is. I could have never imagined that this journey would be interrupted as it has been in the past two months. New Yorkers, though, are among the most resilient humans in the world, and our work will take on an entirely unprecedented meaning when we’re able to sing for you again.
We look forward to that day and, in the meantime, hope you remain healthy and safe.
Alex Canovas, Artistic Director & the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Family