Founder, General Manager
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. For 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. Andréa is also the Founder and General Manager of Apple Tree Art Song Initiative, a Brooklyn-based production company dedicated to Bringing classical singing to where it hasn’t been before. She is a 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
Voice and Acting
Giving all glory to God, Nyla Watson is a dedicated actor, concert artist, voice teacher, voice and acting coach and competition singer in the New York City community and a recent grad of New York University (NYU) where she received her Masters in Music Theater Voice. 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. She attributes her success to her faith, her parents, her education and her professional and personal influences. For all things Nyla Watson, you can keep up with her at www.queennyla.com or connect personally on Instagram at @brandnewnyla. Acts 4:7-12.
Voice and Acting
Stephanie Scuderi is a freelance actor, director, educator and voice teacher based in New York. Stephanie received her bachelor's degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Miami and holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Music Theatre from NYU Steinhardt. Additionally, Stephanie holds a post-master’s advanced certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt and a Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Coservatory at Berklee as well. Stephanie recently taught voice lessons at NYU on the adjunct faculty, and Stephanie is now currently on faculty at Temple University where she teaches voice to their undergraduate BFA musical theatre students. Stephanie is also the founder and Executive Director of sister theatre companies Spotlight Arts Inc., a youth theatre company based in lower Putnam & Northern Westchester, NY, and the Limelight Theatre Company, a professional non-profit theatre company that brings inclusive, accessible and affordable performing arts to the Westchester and greater New York area. www.stephaniescuderi.com
Christopher, a resident of Brooklyn, has established himself as a versatile performer and innovative voice teacher. He received his M.M. in Vocal Performance with an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. Since the onset of the pandemic, Christopher has taken on several virtual projects, and is expanding his voice studio. His most current project is an animation of "Cinderella: A Children's Opera". Visit christopherfotis.com to learn more about Christopher as a singer and teacher!
Voice and Acting
Tyler Dobies (he/him) is an actor, singer, and poet based in NYC. He is the product of aspen trees, dirt roads, liberal arts, homeschooling, and the feeling of not being good enough. Tyler holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Pacific Lutheran University and a MM in Vocal Performance from NYU. www.tylerdobies.com
Voice and Acting
Megan Vanacore (soprano) is a passionate music educator and voice teacher. A shoreline Connecticut native, Megan graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She then moved to New York to attend NYU and earned an M.M. in Vocal Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, while maintaining a full studio of private students as an NYU adjunct faculty member. Megan is currently an Academy Coordinator at the Sweetwater Academy of Music & Technology in Fort Wayne, IN. Some of Megan’s favorite previous roles include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Fredrika (A Little Night Music), Papagena (The Magic Flute), and Petit Allan (Princess Maleine). Outside of performing, Megan enjoys cooking and baking, traveling, and playing with her pug puppy, Belle.
KRISTYN VAN CLEAVE
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!