NYC Council Proclamation Recognizes Melodia’s Contribution to Music and Cultural Harmony

Melodia Women’s Choir’s was honored to receive a special proclamation from the New York City Council in April, presented by the office of NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson. The proclamation honors Melodia for delighting listeners with high quality musical performances and “for fostering greater harmony throughout our community and beyond.” The proclamation was presented to Melodia’s leadership team Cynthia Powell and Jenny Clarke at our 15th Anniversary concert on April 28, 2018 by Cultural Affairs representative, Robbie Welch.

Here is the full proclamation.

April, 2018

The New York City Council is proud to honor the Melodia Women’s Choir of New York City for 15 years of outstanding performances and beautiful music; and

WHEREAS: Founded in 2003, Melodia is exclusively dedicated to exploring, creating, and performing exemplary classical and contemporary music composed for women’s voices. Melodia nurtures the next generation of women composers through commissions and performances and holds a composers competition periodically; and

WHEREAS: Under the guidance of its visionary Founder and Executive Director Jenny Clarke, and its founding Conductor and Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, Melodia has produced 30 original music programs to date including 12 world premieres and eight original compositions commissioned from women composers; and

WHEREAS: In addition to Melodia’s ever-growing number of fans, the choir owes its success to the 30 singers who trained and auditioned to raise women’s voices. While each singer has distinguished herself in the dedication, vocal skills and talent, like most other endeavors in life, however, it is their shared commitment collective effort that have elevated them to greater heights; and

WHEREAS: Over the course of the last 25 years, Melodia has raised women’s voices in 240 individual works and has been featured on WQXR, WNBC and WNYC, and in “Time Out New York,” Chorus America’s “The Voice,” the Vocal Area Network and many others. The choir also worked with more than 90 leading female instrumental musicians in New York, reach 20,000 live audience members, and its community outreach brings music to public audiences throughout the city. The choir was honored twice with a WNYC “Star” Award; and

WHEREAS: It is our hope that Melodia will continue to delight more and more listeners everywhere in the years ahead; and

WHEREAS: Melodia has truly excelled in its work and has earned the esteem of
all New Yorkers; now, therefore

BE IT KNOWN: That the Council of the City of New York is proud to honor


for fostering greater harmony throughout our community and beyond.

June 11th, 2018

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