Staff

 

JESSICA CORBIN

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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

ACCOMPANIST

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.

 

OLIVIA LENGYEL

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Olivia graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2018 with a degree in Musical Theatre and Arts Administration. Throughout her schooling she was able to work with companies such as Roundabout Theatre Company, Jim Carnahan Casting, Laura Stanczyk Casting, and The Public, learning the inner workings of what makes art institutions run smoothly. She is so happy to share her skills with BVS and the wonderful women who keep it going.