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First Lady Michelle Obama presented Francisco J. Núñez and Stephan Douglas-Allen with a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House, Wednesday November 2, 2011. YPC was one of 12 organizations to be honored with the nation’s highest youth award.
Francisco J. Núñez, the artistic director and founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City was named as a recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Mr. Núñez is one of 23 individuals named for their “exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits.”
Last fall, Mr. Núñez was presented with an award in recognition of his efforts in the Dominican Republic ”to use music to create positive changes in young people of different cultures."
A new song was composed by Mr. Núñez entitled “Cantamos Uno a Uno” which was premiered by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the El Capotillo Chorus at a gala concert this past October at the National Theater in Santo Domingo. This song is the theme of the new Uno a Uno national program in the Dominican Republic inspired by YPC to build a harmonious community of diverse economic backgrounds.
Mr. Núñez wrote a new holiday song with composer Jim Papoulis and lyrics by Eric Gamalinda titled, "What is Christmas Made Of", which was premiered by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and almost 50 children’s choruses from around the country in November to launch the 2011 holiday season.