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New York City’s Premier Women’s Choir

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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. Under the leadership of Jenny Clarke, Executive Director, and Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director, Melodia has performed at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola. We have been heard on WQXR and Q2 radio, including in “Her Music: 24 Hours of Emerging Women Composers,” in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and seen on NBC television. Melodia is the recipient of two WNYC/WQXR Radio Salute the ARtS Initiative awards and released its first professionally-produced recording, Lullaby, in 2014. Melodia’s first ever summer sing for women’s voices in August 2019 was attended by 90+ singers.

Fall Concert 2019


 Mystical, darkly transcendent music for an autumn evening

Saturday, November 23 at 7:30pm
Holy Apostles, Chelsea, NYC

Sunday, November 24 at 3:00pm
West End Collegiate, Upper West Side, NYC

Conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director
Taisiya Pushkar, piano and all-female string quintet

This fall Melodia steps through the looking glass with Icantations, an excursion into the secret recesses of the spirit world. Join us for U.S. premieres by C.V. Stanford and Robin Milford, and the world premiere of Ekō by Allison Sniffin, with Butoh dance by Stephanie Larrière. Be swept back in time with Shakespeare-inspired compositions by David Willcocks, a Christina Rosetti poem, Echo by Jeffrey Van, a diabolic piano solo by Prokofiev played by Taisiya Pushkar, along with ancient, reimagined works from the canon of the Mediaeval Baebes.


Robin Milford, Days and Moments – Autumn and Winter
for women’s voices and strings, with poetry by Walter de la Mare (New York premiere)

Charles Villiers Stanford, Fairy Day;
Three Idylls for Female Chorus
(U.S. premiere)

Selections from the Mediaeval Baebes songbook

Allison SniffinEkō
for women’s voices and strings
with Butoh dance choreographed and performed by Stephanie Larrière (world premiere commission)

David Willcocks, Full Fathom Five and
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun

Jeffrey Van, Echo

Instrumental interlude: ProkofievSuggestion Diabolique Op.4
Taisiya Pushkar, solo piano


Tickets & Information

Commissioning New Music For Women’s Voices

Anglo-Armenian composer Cevanne Horricks-Hopayian was selected by a jury of three as the winner of the 2017 Melodia Commission Competition. A deep thanks to all the composers who submitted their materials. It’s extremely gratifying to know of the wealth of talented women composers who are currently active in choral composition.

Check back here for details of our next commission competition.

Click the box on the right for details.

Melodia Composer Programs

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“If Heaven Had A Sound It Would Be Melodia”

I want to write to you of all the immense and deep and glorious music and pleasure you and your efforts have given over the years. The range of music is so incredible, I feel introduced to so many great composers, living and not, and the artistry is superb, always. No matter what you all sing, to me it is spiritual. I have appreciated all of your choices, you have led me down beautiful paths of musical discovery.
Visions of Eternity was truly amazing – those beautiful women’s voices blending with the orchestra in that enormous space. Congratulations for your spectacular achievements.
One voice – brilliant and magical.
The concert Saturday night was absolutely fabulous. You all put music together in a truly sublime way.
I had the opportunity of seeing you and hearing you singing live, and let me tell you that you really moved me to a higher experience. It was really amazing the sound and the connection that you projected. I’m sure Vivaldi would have been very delighted to hear you singing his Gloria. Congratulations!
The Visions of Eternity concert was sublime. I felt like I traveled from the sky with the birds to the depths of the human hearts and its mysteries in this triad of work.
I got goosebumps multiple times!
What a wonderful concert last night. Truly, it variously cheered me and brought tears to my eyes and made me just happy to be alive.