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Meet the EVC Team

Nicole Becker

Artistic Director & Executive Director

As a pianist, soprano, and conductor, Nicole Becker has performed in concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.  Dr. Becker received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Yale University, a Masters of Music in Piano from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also studied piano and solfege at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. Dr. Becker is the Music Director of the Teachers College Choir and teaches applied piano and conducting in the Program in Music and Music Education at Teachers College.  Dr. Becker has spoken internationally about student-centered approaches in ensemble settings, calling for a reconceptualization of children’s choirs so that they might become sites dedicated to promoting growth and flourishing for young people. Her current research examines approaches to developing racial literacy in music education.

Kel Cadence Mellone

Director of Administration

Kel Cadence Mellone is a vocalist, music educator & songwriter currently based in Nashville, TN. Kel's academic background includes graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a BM in Music Education and a minor in Arts Leadership, studying vocal performance at the Royal College of Music and holding a Master's in Music & Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She firmly believes that everyone is capable of benefiting from music which is why she is incredibly passionate about her arts administration work for EVC, performing as a member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and participating in various freelance projects around the world as a singer and actress.

Mavel Morales

Choir Assistant, Every Voice Kids Choir

Mavel Morales (she/her/hers) is a passionate advocate for the arts and a music educator. She was born and raised in Miami and is a proud member of the Latinx community. She graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with minors in Education and Philosophy. Her extensive work with NAfME (National Association for Music Education) has allowed her to advocate for music at the state and federal level. Through her unique experiences, she spearheaded a national award-winning social media campaign with the hashtag #IStandForMusicEducation. Currently, she is studying at Teachers College, Columbia University working towards receiving her Master of Education in Music and Music Education. Mavel loves working with students of all ages and has worked with individuals ranging from age 4 to 70! As a classically trained mezzo-soprano, she loves performing both solo and choral works and is always engaging with new opportunities to continue participating in music making with her community.

Brent Morden

Co-Director Hunter Satellite Choir

​​Brent A. Morden is a New York-based composer, music director, vocalist, and educator.​Brent earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music (magna cum laude) from Columbia University, where he actively served Columbia’s performing arts community. Brent has conducted his award-winning band works with the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, including a world premiere at Carnegie Hall, has composed and music directed multiple original musicals, and has assisted acclaimed music director Rob Fisher. Nowadays, Brent is thrilled to serve as Program Manager for Every Voice Choirs. In addition to his work with EVC, Brent teaches voice and musical theatre at From Stage to Screen, freelances as a singer and actor, and actively composes. Brent hopes to continue championing his creative voice and inspiring others to realize their potential.

Natalie Fabian

Director, Vocal Technique Across Genres

Natalie Fabian is a passionate music educator, soprano, pianist, and composer/arranger across varied musical styles. Natalie received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, where she was the winner of the Herbert A. Deutsch Award for Excellence in Music Education. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Music & Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. To culminate her time at Columbia, she performed as a musical soloist for the Teachers College Convocation, among special guests Nikole Hannah-Jones and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Natalie has performed as a musical theatre/cabaret, jazz, and singer-songwriter soloist on the New York stages of Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, The Bitter End, The Hard Rock in Times Square, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Living Room. Her choral arrangements and original compositions were featured at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, Broadway Presbyterian Church, and the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. Currently, Natalie is on voice faculty at Molloy University, teaching musical theatre voice lessons in the Theatre Arts Department through CAP 21. In addition, she is a Vocal Technique Coach for MTCA, Musical Theatre College Auditions. Natalie holds a studio in private voice, piano, and composition study for students of all ages. This Spring, Natalie will be premiering her debut EP of original singer-songwriter music, Wings, which was a collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer, Paul Moak.

Anna Freedman

Co-Director, Every Voice Youth Choir

​Anna Freedman is a pianist, vocalist, composer and educator. Trained as a classical pianist, Anna is also a passionate singer-songwriter. She released her first record Big Plans in 2017 and is a winner of the Berklee College of Music International Songwriting Competition. Anna’s interests in music education include student-centered approaches in choral settings as well as the use of technology to teach songwriting and music production. Anna holds an M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently on faculty at Trinity School and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Carmen Keels

Director, Grant Voices Intergenerational Choir

Currently Carmen is on faculty at The Horace Mann School teaching in the middle division as a choral instructor, music director for the middle division musical, and sixth grade advisor. She also serves as the vocal coach for the auditioned choirs 6-12th grade. Carmen is a member of the Academy For Teachers in New York City as well as ACDA. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from Columbia Teachers College in Music and Music Education.  In addition to being an educator, Carmen is a performer and a member of Actors Equity since 2005. She has appeared on Broadway, has toured internationally and  at various regional theatres across the country. Carmen lives in Harlem with her husband, two kids, and their dog Luna.

Alison Levosky

Director, VoiceAbility

Alison Levosky is the current Middle and Upper School Chorus Teacher at The Calhoun School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Yale University, as well as a Master of Arts in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Alison also holds initial teaching certification for K-12 music in New York State. She currently teaches ensemble choral classes and elective instrumental music classes, in addition to private voice and piano lessons. Alison sings with the New York Chamber Choir, and the worship team at Renaissance Church NYC. A singer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor, and composer, Alison sees music as a vehicle for cultivating joy, community, and belonging.

Morganne McClement

Director, HCES Hawk’s Nest After School

Morganne McClement is a music educator and soprano based in New York City. She received a B.M. in Music Education from The Crane School of Music and a M.Ed. in Music and Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Currently, Morganne is the music teacher at PS 204 Morris Heights where she leads classes in general music, choir, and musical theater. Morganne is a 2022-23 recipient of the Paul Simon Music Fellowship, which she hopes will support her in bringing unique musical experiences to her students this year.

Mavel Morales

Choir Assistant, Every Voice Kids Choir

Mavel Morales (she/her/hers) is a passionate advocate for the arts and a music educator. She was born and raised in Miami and is a proud member of the Latinx community. She graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with minors in Education and Philosophy. Her extensive work with NAfME (National Association for Music Education) has allowed her to advocate for music at the state and federal level. Through her unique experiences, she spearheaded a national award-winning social media campaign with the hashtag #IStandForMusicEducation. Currently, she is studying at Teachers College, Columbia University working towards receiving her Master of Education in Music and Music Education. Mavel loves working with students of all ages and has worked with individuals ranging from age 4 to 70! As a classically trained mezzo-soprano, she loves performing both solo and choral works and is always engaging with new opportunities to continue participating in music making with her community.

Brent Morden

Director, HCES Voice Class

​​Brent A. Morden is a New York-based composer, music director, vocalist, and educator.​Brent earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music (magna cum laude) from Columbia University, where he actively served Columbia’s performing arts community. Brent has conducted his award-winning band works with the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, including a world premiere at Carnegie Hall, has composed and music directed multiple original musicals, and has assisted acclaimed music director Rob Fisher. Nowadays, Brent is thrilled to serve as Program Manager for Every Voice Choirs. In addition to his work with EVC, Brent teaches voice and musical theatre at From Stage to Screen, freelances as a singer and actor, and actively composes. Brent hopes to continue championing his creative voice and inspiring others to realize their potential.

Sayume Romero

Music Director, VoiceAbility

Sayume (Say/Sy) Romero, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE (she/her/hers) is a born and raised New Yorker, who identifies as Japanese Mexican American or Japexican. She holds a dual degree from Stony Brook University with a BA in vocal performance & BS in chemistry; and a masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia University Teachers College. Sayume currently works as a multilingual speech and language therapist for Birch Family Services. Sy has enjoyed singing in choirs since childhood and currently sings with the Teachers College Community Choir. Having been a graduate intern for VoiceAbility in its inaugural season in 2020, Sy is thrilled to be leading the group this spring. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing kids & musicians and to be part of EVC.

Sarah Perry

Founder & Music Therapist, VoiceAbility

Sarah Perry, EdD, MT-BC, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College, Rider University. Dr. Perry is a board certified music therapist and music educator, receiving her doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her specializations include music in special education and integrated arts learning, focusing on addressing the needs of special learners in music, visual arts, and dance settings.  Dr. Perry currently serves on the faculty of Westminster Choir College and is a frequent clinician leading teacher training workshops for visual arts, dance/movement and music educators on responding to individual differences in public schools in New York and Maryland and various arts education programs including The Harmony Program, The Juilliard School’s Global K-12 Teaching Artists program, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Art-Reach, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, The New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program, and Midori and Friends.

Jameelah Taylor

Co-Director, Every Voice Youth Choir

​Jameelah Taylor is a Choral Director & Vocalist based in New York City. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She has performed in venues across New York City which include The Stone, Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall, Webster Hall and the historic Kings Theatre for New York Fashion Week.

Jameelah is a passionate educator leading her choirs and vocal students in various festivals, performances and workshops such as the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, Disney Performing Arts OnStage and the Broadway Classroom Workshop and, serving as Musical Director for her school's Musical Productions. Jameelah is now the Choral Director at the Trevor Day School on the Upper East Side and is the NY-ACDA Repertoire and Resources Co-Chair for Jazz/Show/A Cappella.

Sam wise

Choir Assistant, Every Voice Concert Choir

Sam is a classically trained mezzo soprano (currently studying with Catherine F. Mazzone), an avid choral singer, a budding songleader, and an ever-aspiring multi-instrumentalist. Sam graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor in Psychology and Economics; she is currently completing her Masters in Music & Music Education with a focus on voice at Teachers College. Sam is passionate about and constantly experimenting with new ways of using music (and particularly harmony) as a conduit to connection and community. This season, Sam is grateful to perform with Cantori: NY; Teachers College Chamber and Community Choirs; and Manhattan Wind Ensemble, while continuing to make music with loved ones outside of performance spaces.

Drew X Coles

Collaborative Musician

Drew X Coles is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator, as well as a lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of the Hybrid Masters Degree Program in Music & Music Education. His scholarly interests include; the construct of success as it applies to post-secondary music students, culturally responsive pedagogy in the music classroom, the use of technology in the applied studio, Jazz pedagogy, improvisation pedagogy, comprehensive musicianship coursework and curricula, and quantitative research methods in music education. Drew earned his Doctorate in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University after defending his dissertation on the perceptions among musicians on the construct of career success as it applies to them as well as their peers.