BVS Women's Choir is based in Brooklyn, New York, and gives several concerts throughout the year, including regularly scheduled performances in the Brooklyn Heights and Bay Ridge neighborhoods of Brooklyn. In 2015 BVS made their theatre debut when they performed in the Off-Broadway production of The Events at the New York Theater Workshop, and some members also performed in the BOSSS Theatre Festival production of The Visitors. BVS successfully embarked on their first tour to the University of Texas in El Paso in the spring of 2016.
The choir originated as an all-female teen group when Founding Director Jessica Corbin was teaching at New York City's F. H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. When Jessica left LaGuardia in 2001, the choir followed her to Brooklyn, where they continued to grow and perform, eventually being named one of the top high school-age choirs in New York City and performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. Then called Bella Voce Singers, the choir’s members began to graduate and move on to college, but many decided that they still wanted to sing together, so the choir expanded to include all women ages 18 and up.
BVS is now a 45-member multigenerational group dedicated to excellence in choral singing. Our mission is to enrich and educate our members and our audiences by performing a diverse repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary choral composers such as Joan Szymko, Eleanor Daley, J. David Moore, Linda Tutas Haugen, Edie Hill, and Abbie Betinis, and by bringing other new and lesser-known works to the community.
BVS has premiered several works by local and international composers, including compositions by our current choir members. We have performed with many choirs including the New York Treble Singers, WYNYC, Cantigas, Damkoren SALT (Sweden), and Coro Musa (Japan). BVS released its first CD, Songs of Peace and Love, in 2010, and our CD Hope was released in December of 2014. Our latest CD, Faith Is the Bird, is available now!
The choir rehearses on Monday nights from 7–9 pm at Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and auditions new members each year.
"BVS brings a bright exuberance to their performances of my music. Director Jessica Corbin and I share both a musical aesthetic as well as social values, which always makes for a fruitful collaboration"
— Joan Szymko, Composer
"I am grateful to be a part of [the BVS Women’s Choir] artistic family! The choir’s sound is warm, vibrant, clear, heartfelt, and fearless, just like the spirit of their director. They have performed many pieces of mine, and their sincerity and passion always brings the music soaring off the page."
— J. David Moore, composer
Jessica Corbin is in her 17th season as Founding Artistic Director of BVS Women's Choir. A graduate of Indiana University and Duquesne University, Jessica currently works as a freelance conductor, music director, vocal coach and accompanist in and around New York City, and is an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College, and City University of New York- Kingsborough Community College. She has extensive teaching experience, including Indiana University, F.H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Western Connecticut State University. As a composer, she has written and arranged choral pieces, and also composed all original music for The Visitors, a short musical-play produced by EnGarde Arts in the BOSSS Festival in Manhattan. She regularly works as an accompanist and music director with area theater programs and vocal classes, including those at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, Kingsborough Community College, and the Workshop Theater Company in Manhattan. She also works as a vocal coach in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and for the past six years has been faculty as vocal coach, accompanist, and Vice Chair of Music Theatre at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Melanie Cozzi is a classically trained vocalist and music education specialist who grew up in Staten Island, NY. She received her B.M. in Voice Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and her M.M. in Voice Performance and Advanced Certificate in Music Education from CUNY Brooklyn College. Melanie has been the assistant director for BVS Women's Choir since 2007. Under her direction, the choir has performed for Make Music New York, Bay Ridge Summer Stroll, New York Theatre Workshop's, The Events, the New York Liberty and the Staten Island Yankees. In 2012, Melanie was the artistic director of BK Teens, a girl's chorus affiliated with BVS. She currently travels between the International School of Brooklyn, Greene Hill School, and Grace Church School, playing ukulele and teaching general music, chorus and band. She resides with her husband in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Adam Podd is a Vermont-bred, Brooklyn-based music director, pianist, organist, bassist, composer and arranger. He has worked with some of the top artists and organizations in his field including The Boston Pops, New York Pops, Idina Menzel, Darlene Love, Stephen Kellogg, Milton Delugg, Macy’s Entertainment and The Young People’s Chorus of New York City in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, New World Stages, The York Theatre and others.
As a pianist, Adam specializes in blues, jazz, and gospel. He plays regularly around NYC with his twin brother Matt, and their jazz and blues band Mimi and the Podd Brothers (mimiandthepodds.com). He also plays keys, bass and music directs for singer/songwriter Dan Mills. Adam is currently Music Director and choral conductor at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, NY. He studied classical and jazz piano, organ, orchestration, conducting, and music production at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT where he received his Bachelors of Music.