Bella Voce Singers is a women’s choir based in Brooklyn, New York. The choir gives numerous concerts throughout the year, including regularly scheduled performances in the Park Slope and Bay Ridge neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
The choir originated as an all-female teen group when Founding Director Jessica Corbin was teaching at New York City’s F. H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. When Jessica left La Guardia 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. As the Bella Voce members began to graduate and move on to college, many decided that they still wanted to sing together, so the choir expanded to include all women ages 18 and up.
Bella Voce 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 Gwyneth Walker, Elizabeth Alexander, Clifton J. Noble, Jr, Joan Szymko, Eleanor Daley, and Abbie Betinis, and by bringing other new and lesser-known works to the community. We have performed with many choirs including the New York Treble Singers, the Davidson Singers, Damkoren SALT (from Sweden), and Coro Musa (from Japan), and we are a regular participant in the bi-annual New York Women and Girls’ Choir Festival. Bella Voce Singers has released two CDs: Songs of Peace and Love (2011) and Hope (2014). You can purchase CDs on our website (coming soon).
The choir rehearses on Monday nights from 7–9 pm at Greenwood Baptist Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Bella Voce Singers auditions new members twice a year.
Jessica Corbin, Artistic Director
Jessica Corbin is in her 15th season as Artistic Director of the Bella Voce Singers. 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, in the Music Theater Department. She has extensive teaching experience, having served as an Associate Instructor in the Music Theory Department at Indiana University, Director of Musical Activities at the Maryland School for the Blind, teacher in the vocal music department at F. H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, a teacher of piano, chorus and theory at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and in the Theater Department of Kingsborough Community College of the CUNY. She most recently composed all original music for The Visitors, a short musical-play produced by EnGarde Arts in the BOSSS Festival in Manhattan. As an accompanist and music director, she regularly works 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 four years has been faculty as vocal coach and accompanist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Melanie Cozzi, Assistant Director
Melanie Cozzi is a classically trained vocalist and music education specialist that grew up in Staten Island, NY. She has received her B.M. in Voice Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, her M.M. in Voice Performance and Advanced Certificate in Music Education from CUNY Brooklyn College. Melanie has been the assistant director for BVS since 2007. During that time, she has regularly conducted community performances with the group, such as Make Music New York, and was the artistic director of BK Teens. She currently teaches at the International School of Brooklyn and Greene Hill School, and resides with her husband in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Sergio Sandí, Accompanist
Sergio's bio is coming soon.