Alex Canovas / Artistic Director

Our Story

Since 2001, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus (YNYC) brings together the finest choral musicians from the tens of thousands of young people who flock to the city for its excitement, art, and culture. As a post-collegiate community choir, YNYC has the unique pleasure of performing for a large and devoted youthful audience, exposing the demographic to the beauty and transcendent potential of the choral arts.
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Guided by the artistic vision of conduction Alex Canovas, the choir performs a vast variety of music, from works by classical greats to those of prominent living composers, in venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Chicago Symphony Center, and many of the finest churches in New York City. In 2011, YNYC performed at the American Choral Directors’ National Convention in Chicago. YNYC has collaborated with visual artists Eyebodega and Marco Brambilla and composers including Caroline Shaw, Christopher Cerrone, Mohammed Fairouz, and Shara Worden, and recently performed at the Brooklyn I=U Festival. In March 2014, YNYC completed a performance tour to Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Committed to the growth of new repertoire, YNYC debuts three original works annually through its Competition for Young Composers. YNYC also provides a close-knit fellowship for talented singers in their twenties and early thirties.