Congratulations to Francisco Núñez, Former CAS Music Director, Newly Named 2011 MacArthur Fellow

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The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) is proud to share that Francisco Núñez, past director of music for CAS and founder of the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) was named one of 22 MacArthur Fellows in 2011.  As a recipient, Núñez's will receive a $500,000 fellowship over the course of five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue his work with his youth chorus program that targets inner-city students.  The unique feature of this fellowship is that it does not have reporting requirements or other stipulations, providing Núñez with the freedom to carry out his good work at his own pace—no strings attached.

He has served as founder and artistic director of YPC since its inception in 1988 as part of CAS.  Today, with over one thousand young people in five after-school choruses and thirteen choruses in its Satellite School Program in inner-city public schools, Núñez's YPC exposes young singers to an unmatched variety of music and music makers. Núñez held the position of director of music at CAS for nine years.

Photo credit: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation