Núñez Named School of Music 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - by Sara Groos, Lee University

Elizabeth Núñez was awarded the 2017 Lee University School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award at a department breakfast during Homecoming earlier this month. 

“Not only is Elizabeth an exceptional musician, teacher, and conductor, but she is committed to changing the lives of America’s youth,” said Dr. William Green, dean of Lee’s School of Music. “Her work with the Young People’s Chorus extends beyond music into making an impact on each student’s educational journey and life direction.” 

Ms. Núñez currently serves as the associate artistic director of the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City, founded by its artistic director and Mr. Núñez’s husband, Francisco J. Núñez. YPC is an organization renowned for its diversity and level of artistic excellence. 

“Elizabeth represents the Lee University School of Music on the world stage through her work with the Young People’s Chorus,” said Dr. Green. 

At YPC, she created and directs the acclaimed Cantare chorus and serves as vocal coach for choristers in all six YPC divisions, ranging in age from eight to 18, in rehearsals, performances, and for international tours to countries on four continents. Since joining the YPC in 2004, Ms. Núñez has led the Cantare chorus at international choral festivals in Kathaumixw, British Columbia; Llangollen, Wales; and at the Adolf Fredrik Choral Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, where Cantare was the first American choir ever invited to participate. 

Ms. Núñez serves as director of the YPC School Choruses program, which every year brings YPC’s unique music education program to more than 1,100 children in New York City public schools. She helped lead YPC to five gold medals in the Golden Gate International Choral Festival of summer 2015. 

Ms. Núñez also created WIT: Women Inspiring Tomorrow, a mentoring initiative bringing YPC’s high school girls together with its alumnae and women across varying professions. 

She founded and conducts The SoHarmoniums, an intergenerational chorus of women from ages 20 to 80. 

As a sought-after choral clinician, Ms. Núñez has been invited by choral organizations across the country to give workshops and performances. Among them are the New York City Department of Education, Distinguished Concerts International, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City School for Strings, New York State School Music Association, and the Norfolk Chamber Choir and Conductor Workshop of the Yale School of Music. She conducts at venues large and small throughout New York City, from Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center to Le Poisson Rouge and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as on national television, most recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. 

Ms. Núñez received a master’s in music education from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s in music education from Lee University. While at Lee, she was an inaugural member of Chorale and also a member of the Ladies of Lee.



Virtual Reality Project At UTC Will Help Train Firefighters In Different, Dangerous Situations

Orange flames surge up from a trash can in the corner of the lab. Smoke builds in the room. Thankfully, a thick stream of water from a firehose sprays at the can. But the hose doesn’t stay on the fire. It circles around the lab in a dizzying spin. Now spraying this way, now spraying that. Now facing the ceiling; now facing the floor. The fire continues to burn and the smoke ... (click for more)

Alpine Crest Elementary Fall Festival Set For Sept. 28

Alpine Crest Elementary Fall Festival will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 from 4:30-8 p.m. at the school, 4700 Stagg Road in Red Bank. There will be inflatables, a chili cook off, petting zoo, face painting, vendors, food and more. Wristbands will be $10 for kids and parents get in free.  The wristbands are good for all activities, except for food and the private vendors. ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

UT Board Considering Randy Boyd As Interim UT President

Randy Boyd, who was among the Republican finalists for the governor nomination, is being considered as interim president at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Joe DiPietro this week announced that Nov. 21 will be his last day on the job. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees are to meet next week and consider the Boyd appointment. Mr. Boyd, a UT alumnus, would ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Is This ‘New Voice’?

It’s easy for me to say that I either know, or know about, almost every person running in November for the state legislature. Yet when I describe Lemon Williams as the most exciting of the bunch, that’s because he's the only guy I had never heard of when he picked up his qualifying papers. He just turned out the best political aspirant I have had a conversation with in the last ... (click for more)