FACULTY

ANDRÉA OCHOA

Founder, General Manager, Voice

Andréa Ochoa is the founder of the BVOF. She is a New York City based Operatic Soprano and Voice Teacher, known for bringing intelligence, joy, and a shimmering instrument to art song platforms and the operatic stage. She is a gifted cross-trained singer, with ease performing both legit and contemporary Music Theatre. Ms. Ochoa is a dedicated and skilled voice teacher, having taught students ages 6-65 over the course of 7 years. Over the past two years, she was an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at NYU Steinhardt, where she taught dozens of students a solidified and healthy technique across all singing genres. She is a recently graduate from NYU Steinhardt, earning her Master of Music in Classical Voice Performance and a post-master's Advanced Certificate in Vocal pedagogy. andreaochoasoprano.com

NYLA WATSON

Voice and Acting

Giving all glory to God, Nyla Watson is a dedicated performer in the New York City community and a recent grad of New York University (NYU) where she received her Masters in Music Theater Voice. She is also a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music (BW). Notable performances include PBS’ ShowBoat: Live at Lincoln Center with Norm Lewis, Vanessa Williams and Fred Willard, Gigantic the Musical (off-Broadway), the touring companies of Wicked the musical and The Color Purple the musical. Nyla had the privilege of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the musical Oklahoma! with the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate as a feature soloist in their concert at the 92Y. Nyla was also blessed to have played the roles of Mama Rose in Gypsy and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes during her time at NYU. She attributes her success to her faith, her parents, her education and her professional and personal influences. Acts 4:7-12ph.

STEPHANI SCUDERI

Voice and Acting

Stephanie Scuderi is a freelance performer, director, educator and voice teacher based in New York. Stephanie received her bachelor's degree in Acting from the University of Miami and holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Music Theatre from NYU Steinhardt and a post-master’s Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt as well. Stephanie is a member of both the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Pan American Vocology Association. In addition to teaching her own private voice studio, Stephanie has most recently taught voice to undergraduate students at New York University and has an extensive background of over a decade of experience in directing educational theater programs throughout the tri-state area. Stephanie is the founder and CEO of Spotlight Arts Inc., an award-winning and nationally recognized youth theatre company based in Lower Putnam & Northern Westchester, NY. www.stephaniescuderi.com

CHRISTOPHER FOTIS

Voice 

Christopher Fotis, M.M. — is a classically trained baritone. He received his B.M. from Towson University in Towson, MD and his M.M. from New York University. He also received an advanced certification in vocal pedagogy from New York University. He specializes in classical music and opera, but enjoys studying other genres of music, i.e., musical theatre, Disney and jazz. He believes in a holistic approach to performing and teaching voice, and that each performer has unlimited potential to grow as an artist!

TYLER DOBIES

Voice and Acting

Tyler Dobies is a multidisciplinary artist and performer based in New York, NY. Tyler received his BFA in Acting/Directing from Pacific Lutheran University and holds a MM in Vocal Performance: Music Theatre from New York University. As a performer, favorite credits include: La Liberazione di Ruggiero, Inside Out and Back Again, Bridges of Madison County, Pajama Game, and Nihonjin Face. In addition to his love of musical theatre voice, Tyler has been an active Contemporary Commercial Music singer in both NYU Steinhardt's Contemporary Voice Ensemble with renowned singer Janice Pendarvis and Pop/Rock Ensemble with Dr. Justin John Moniz. As a writer-performer, Tyler has developed, written, and performed three original one-person shows examining themes of identity, otherness, compassion, and collective responsibility, one of which was created during his tenure with the Intiman Emerging Artist Program in Seattle, WA. Finally, Tyler is also an experienced director and music director having worked on the creative teams of Godspell, Love's Labour's Lost, Cats, Rent, Footloose, Hairspray Jr, The Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty Jr, Annie Jr, and other various cabarets and revues. www.tylerdobies.com

KRISTYN  VAN CLEAVE

Collaborative Pianist

A proud California Bay Area native, Kristyn Van Cleave received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from San Jose State University and Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from New York University. At NYU, Kristyn has served as music director for Classical Voice Collective’s “French Cabaret” series and “Songs About Love” at 54 Below, and as assistant music director for “New Student Spotlight” and the Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. She also held an adjunct faculty position teaching Keyboard Skills classes and private piano lessons, in addition to being a staff accompanist for the Vocal Performance department. Outside of NYU, Kristyn has played in masterclasses for renowned collaborative pianists such as Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Rita Sloan, and completed a vocal coaching apprenticeship in France. Kristyn has a deep passion for teaching and mentoring young musicians, with over ten years of experience teaching all ages and skill levels. When not sitting at a piano, Kristyn can be found wandering the Impressionist collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art or trying a new restaurant in Manhattan!

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