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Melodia Voices Reach for the Stars

By Jenny Clarke, Executive Director, Melodia As I read a recent article in Ms. Magazine, Together in Song: Women’s and LGBT Choruses Safely Thrive Amidst the Pandemic, in which Melodia was featured, I was reminded of Melodia’s journey during the past 18 months as Cynthia Powell, Melodia’s Artistic Director, and I, worked to keep Melodia…

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Shining a light on Eva Jessye: African American Choral Artist (1895-1982) by Pam McAllister

In our latest post in Melodia’s blog series, ‘The Women Behind the Music,’ author Pam McAllister explores the life and music of African American Choral Artist Eva Jessye (1895-1982). Beginnings As she would later tell it, Eva Jessye was born in Coffeyville, Kansas on January 20, 1895, a bright Sunday morning, just as the “Amen…

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Women Behind the Notes Series: Melodia Commissioned Composer Hilary Purrington Wins Major New Commission

Melodia Women’s Choir’s bi-annual Women Composers Commission Competition has brought to life new works by ten talented women composers so far, some at the beginning of their composing careers. The program was introduced by Melodia as a way to support women composers and expand the canon of new works for women’s voices. The winning composer…

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The Score is the Thing

Over the course of Melodia’s seventeen-year history, the choir has performed many rarely-heard works that were composed for women’s voices and instruments, pieces that have frequently disappeared from concert repertoire over the years. Often, the challenge with performing these works is obtaining the instrumental parts. This turned out to be the challenge in presenting two…

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Summer Singing with a Treble Twist

Summer months bring a massive shift in the choral world. As the last few concerts of the season close, it’s not just the music that fades away. Gone are the protracted and intense rehearsal periods when conductors and singers seek perfection for their long-anticipated concerts. As a choral singer, I experience a change, even a…

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Revealing the Story Behind the Music: Blog Talk Radio host Cindy Cooper in conversation with Vivaldi’s Virgins author Barbara Quick and Melodia’s Cynthia Powell

In upcoming concerts Gloria ~ Lifting the Veil on Vivaldi’s Masterpiece, Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC brings together music, history, dramatic scenes, and story telling this May 4 and 5 with its performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. Audiences may know this well-beloved classic, but they have never heard or seen it quite like this! To get behind…

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