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Innovation leads Melodia Women’s Choir to international exchange
by Cynthia L. Cooper for Vocal Area Network
Posted August 30, 2005

Maria HelbekkmoAssembling fine singers, compiling repertoire, digging into the music are all essential steps on the path to getting an outstanding choral season rolling. But in addition to the usual, Melodia Women's Choir of New York City is breaking out with a daring leap of innovation, kicking off its third season with an intensive three-day workshop with one of Europe's leading choral conductors.

Melodia, founded in 2003 by Jennifer Clarke (who also serves as producer), is conducted by Cynthia Powell, known for her extensive conducting experience in the New York region. From September 24 to 26, Melodia will reach across the seas in a unique cultural exchange, hosting Norway's Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, the conductor of Voci Nobili, a highly-acclaimed women's choir based in Bergen. Founded by Helbekkmo in 1989, Voci Nobili has won over a dozen awards in international competitions. In New York, Helbekkmo will share some of the techniques she has used in conducting a woman's choir for the past 16 years with the much-newer Melodia.

Already recognized for a bold and beautiful sound, Melodia features 32 highly-accomplishe