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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 celebrates 15 years with “The Harmony of Morning” on Vocal Area Network

Read all about our spring 2018 concert featuring the music of Elliott Carter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Sally Lamb McCune, Paul Halley and Kevin Siegfried now featured at





Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor

A presentation of Vivaldi’s great work as it might have been first performed by the women and girls of the della Pietà, Venice, in 1715. 

A cast of three actors tells their story in dramatized interludes.

Script by Pam McAllister, directed by Christa Scott-Reed

With all-female chamber instrumental ensemble

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM, Sunday May 5 at 4:00 PM

Holy Apostles, Chelsea, 9th Ave @ W. 28th Street, NYC

Click here to listen to Melodia performing Cum Sancto Spiritu from Vivaldi’s Gloria


FALL 2018

Where Shadow Chases Light

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor

Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm, Holy Apostles, Chelsea, 296 Ninth Avenue @ 28th Street, Chelsea, NYC

Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm, West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th Street @ WEA, Upper West Side, NYC

Featuring the world premiere of commissioned work by award-winning Anglo-Armenian composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Red Bird. This dynamic work explores the life and writings of Zitkala-sa, one of the most influential Native American activists of the twentieth century.

Plus the New York premiere of Deanna Witkowski’s Where Shadow Chases Light, and works by Gustav Holst, Eric Whitacre, Elena Kats Chernin, and Gyorgy Orban.

With Taisiya Pushkar, piano

Katie Hyun, and Caroline Drexler, violins; Gizem Yücel, viola; Andrea Lee, cello

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The commission of Red Bird made possible by a grant from Elizabeth and Michel Sorel charitable Organization. Cevanne’s residency in NYC for the project is supported by the British Council and the Arts Council of England.

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Commissioning New Music For Women’s Voices

Announcing the winner of the 2017 Women Composers Commissioning Competition

Anglo-Armenian composer Cevanne Horricks-Hopayian was selected by a jury of three as the winner of the 2017 Melodia Commission Competition. Cevanne, who lives in London, will compose a new work to be performed by Melodia in Fall 2018. 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.

Click the box on the right for details.

Melodia Composer Programs

Sing With Us

Audition For Melodia

“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.