New York City’s Premier Women’s Choir

MelodiaLogo_Purple_stackedMelodia Women’s Choir Of NYC

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.

2020-21 SEASON

Wednesday, June 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM (Eastern)

Creative Time: Participatory Treble Sing

Astor Place
New York, New York

Melodia Women’s Choir is partnering with Creative Time, a public art organization, for an outdoor participatory treble singing event. From June 5 through July 4, 2021, Creative Time is bringing Rashid Johnson’s “Red Stage” to Astor Place in NYC for artists to create and experiment freely after a year of chronic anxiety.

Read more about about Creative Time’s groundbreaking project here.


Saturday, May 22 at 7:30pm (Eastern) and Sunday May 23 at 2:00pm (Eastern) 

Spring 2021 virtual concert: To Dream a World

Melodia Women’s Choir, Cynthia Powell Artistic Director, presented To Dream a World, a free virtual program. To Dream a World provided a refreshing musical response to the social justice issues that have come forward in the past year, as well as Melodia’s year on pause. Audiences joined us for a special premiere of three new virtual choir performances. Additionally, the program featured the Melodia photo archives, video excerpts from Gloria: Lifting the Veil on Vivaldi’s Masterpiece, and the music of Florence B. Price performed by pianist Taisiya Pushkar.

 View the full program:

Full concert video

Check out our new virtual choir performances:

Days of Beauty by Ola Gjeilo
Let the River Run by Carly Simon
I Dream a World by André J. Thomas

Sat. Nov. 21 at 7:30PM (Eastern) via Zoom

Songs of Love and Hope, a virtual concert

Melodia Women’s Choir, Cynthia Powell Artistic Director, presented Songs of Love and Hope, a virtual concert via Zoom. The event featured virtual choir performance by Melodia, solo presentations by Melodia singers, spoken word and archival concert footage. Melodia revisited beloved music for treble voices by John Rutter and Antonio Vivaldi and presented a virtual choir performance of Ola Gjeilo’s The Rose with piano and strings (view The Rose video below).


Melodia Women’s Choir

A Gaelic Blessing

Virtual Performance and Recording

by John Rutter

Melodia’s Virtual Choir recording of Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter was featured during the 9/11 Virtual Memorial of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Thursday, September 10, 2020. The tribute honored the 67 members of the John Jay College community who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks that day.

Melodia was also honored that Gaelic Blessing was part of the 35th annual Crime Victims Vigil broadcast Monday, June 29, 2020.


Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director & Conductor; Taisiya Pushkar, piano; video edited by Julia Pugachevsky


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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

Sing With Us

Audition For Melodia

“If Heaven Had A Sound It Would Be Melodia”

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.

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!
One voice – brilliant and magical.
The concert Saturday night was absolutely fabulous. You all put music together in a truly sublime way.
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.
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.
Visions of Eternity was truly amazing – those beautiful women’s voices blending with the orchestra in that enormous space. Congratulations for your spectacular achievements.