Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it.

-- Plato

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OVNYC was formed as an off-shoot of Felix Graham's voice studio and their doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, where their dissertation topic addresses the intersection of gender, voice and self-identity.

Currently in the process of incorporation and seeking non-profit status, the organization comprises two major initiatives - a performance series (in a range of genres), and intends to launch an educational series (OVED and NEW VOICES) in 2019. The educational series will both adult-centric programs (lectures on female/queer music and performance history in NYC) and an early childhood singing program for under-privileged and otherwise-excluded children.