Liz Geisewite is a lifelong lover of choral music and public school teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches a variety of music classes and conducts several choirs. A student of the Kodály method of music education, Liz has taught Kodály musicianship classes for the National Children’s Chorus (NYC) and studied Kodály methodology at NYU, the British Kodály Academy, and the International Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. In 2009, Liz co-founded Accord Treble Choir, a semi-professional chamber ensemble based in Manhattan. Accord was chosen to perform at the 2012 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI, and has been invited to perform at the 2020 ACDA conference in Rochester, NY. Liz is also a conductor for the training division of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She earned a BA in Peace Studies at Manchester College, an MA in Vocal Performance at Truman State University, and an MS in Education from Long Island University.
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.
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.