Members

Jennifer Blodgett found her love of music singing along with The Little Mermaid.  With her family's encouragement, she parlayed her natural abilities and deep passion into a seat in the Phoenix Girls' Chorus at age 10, where she flourished for 8 years. While attending the University of Arizona, she performed with the women's premiere a cappella ensemble, Vocal Ease.  Upon graduating, Jennifer leapt from Arizona to New York City in 2008 and sang briefly with the Collegium Musicum at Columbia University.  She has made Accord Treble Choir her home since 2014. When she's not singing with Accord, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and performing alongside her husband, who is also a singer-songwriter.

Jaquetta Bustion found her voice as a choral singer while pursuing her Master’s degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University; since then she has lent her voice to groups such as New Amsterdam Singers and Coral Cantigas. Also a classical pianist, Jaquetta earned her B.A. in music and literature from Brown University. She has taught thousands of children the joy of making music, and currently develops curriculum and teaches at Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn.

Lauren Freed

Bonnie French has been a student of music her entire life. She discovered her love of choral singing in high school under the mentorship of Deborah B. O'Brien and went on to earn a BA in Music from Swarthmore College. In addition to teaching 8th grade chorus for several years, Bonnie has participated in a number of choirs and choruses, including Greenwich Choral Society, Amuse, and the Dessoff Choirs. Inspired by a variety of choral ensembles from Anonymous 4 to Voci Nobili, she draws particular influence from groups such as Sweet Honey in the Rock who combine world-class musicianship with social consciousness. Alongside her musical life, Bonnie is an avid student of yoga, and she teaches sociology at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Liz Geisewite (Musical Director) has been living and singing in NYC since graduating Truman State University with an M.A. in Vocal Performance in 2005. In 2009, she co-founded Accord with the help and prodding of Akiko Fuchisawa. Some of the ensembles with whom she has performed include: Choral ChameleonCerddorion, Amuse, Saint Joseph's Singers, Canopus, New York Choral Society, Melodia, The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, the UN Singers, and the Carnegie Hall Professional Choral Workshop. She studied voice with Dr. Debra Lynn at Manchester College (North Manchester, IN) and Dr. Phyllis Robertson (Truman State University), and choral conducting with Dr. Mark Jennings (Truman State University). Among her favorite ensembles are: Putni, Kitka, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pro Musica, and Trio Medieval. Liz teaches general music and chorus at a public high school in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Amy Joscelyn has been singing for as long as she can remember, and studied music throughout her early life and college. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in Vocal Performance, and moved to New York City in 2013 to pursue her musical dreams. She has sung with Kairos: A Consort, Cantori New York, and, currently, Accord. Amy also enjoys reading and writing fantasy novels, playing board games, and works as an iOS Engineer.

Jennifer O’Neill is a founding member of Accord and is active in a wide range of vocal performance, from classical early music to musical theater. In May 2015, Jennifer made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soloist for the world premiere performance of “The Ethics” composed by Ittai Shapira.  She has sung with New York City’s finest vocal ensembles both as a chorus member and soloist including Musica Viva of New York, Amuse, The Dessoff Choir, and Amor Artis and has performed abroad in Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Mexico, and Canada.  On the stage, Jennifer starred in the world premiere stage production of Song of Solomon, a new musical by Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen and played the role of Dina in the Song of Solomon Benefit Concert for the Actors’ Temple alongside Robert Cuccioli. Her love for the performing arts extends to volunteerism, where she serves on the Board of Directors for CO/LAB Theater Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

Meline Toumani came to Accord in 2015 with a range of vocal and instrumental experience. In her school years she studied classical piano and trombone, and played jazz piano in a very special high school band that traveled the world. At U.C. Berkeley she was the musical director of the California Golden Overtones, the premiere women's a cappella group on campus, and a prolific arranger for the group. Later she joined Solstice, a Bay Area-based ensemble of eight voices singing classical and international folk music. In New York she sang with Melodia Women's Choir for four years. A journalist by trade, Meline has a master's degree in cultural reporting and criticism from NYU and has written about classical music for The New York Times. Her first book, There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book.

Kristina Vaskys has been involved in making music since childhood. Whether singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, music has always been an integral part of her life. Since moving to New York in 2003, she has performed with various ensembles, including Sweet Amaryllis, Cerddorion, Uncommon Chord, Izvornotes, and Bosilek Folk Dance Ensemble. Kristina earned her BS in Music Therapy from Duquesne University and currently teaches recorder, chorus, and general music at Village Community School. Whenever she catches a free moment, she spends her time Balkan folk dancing and dreaming of her next overseas adventure.

 

Past Members:

Janet Davidson has been singing since preschool, having started out in children’s choruses and girls’ ensembles at church. In high school, Janet began studying classical voice and was awarded first in state for female vocal solo her senior year by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. She went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. After college she sang with the Texas Early Music Project and the Conspirare Symphonic Choir in Austin, in addition to performing in musicals, most notably with the award-winning Austin Musical Theatre until its final season in 2003. After arriving in NYC, Janet sang with the Juilliard Choral Union in its last year (2006-2007) and subsequently sang with the Clurman Singers, Central City Chorus, Amuse, and as a soprano ringer in area churches. Favorite choral moments have been performing in “Kristin Chenoweth: Live at the Met,” “Jason Robert Brown: American Songbook” at Lincoln Center, and in concerts at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops under conductor, Marvin Hamlisch.

Akiko Fuchisawa began singing in choirs at the age of 10 in Japan and has continued to do so in Canada, where she performed for Queen Elizabeth II, and the US. Previously a member of Sacrum Convivium (an early music eight-voice ensemble), she particularly admires contemporary choral music from Finland, Estonia, and Hungary. In 2009, she collaborated with Liz Geisewite to found Accord. In her “spare time,” she works as an immunohematologist.

Mary Kaufman graduated from SUNY College at Oneonta with a BA in Music Business. Since moving to New York City, she's performed with the Dessoff Choirs, Amuse, and currently sings with the Zion Episcopal Parish Choir in Queens. Mary has also had the pleasure of performing Ravel's Daphne et Chloe at Carnegie Hall and Charles Ives' Holiday Symphony at Lincoln Center with the San Francisco Philharmonic under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Besides enjoying choral music, Mary is a huge fan of hard rock, an avid New York Rangers fan, and currently works in Online Marketing for a publisher.

Kristin Mannion was a newcomer to the NYC choral community when she joined Accord in 2010. She had always enjoyed singing - in church choir as a child, in choruses and chamber choirs in high school and college, and in various musical theater productions. She works at a New Jersey high school teaching English to the masses. Previously, she taught at Wings Academy in the Bronx where she enjoyed working with the dedicated members of the Wings Drama Club. She loves helping young people develop their talents, but is also loves performing, especially with the talented and accomplished ladies of Accord.

Ronika McClain has been a choral singer since the age of 6 when she joined the San Francisco Girls Chorus. With the SFGC she performed several symphonies with the San Francisco Symphony, sang in the 2007 World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, traveled to China and South Korea, recorded three CDs and performed commissions by such composers as Frank La Rocca, Chen Yi, and Eleanor Daley. During her time in high school, she spent each summer singing with the Oregon Bach Festival Youth Choral Academy under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong and performed with the OBF Symphony and Choir. While at the Oregon Bach Festival, she sang major choral works and performed with Bobby McFerrin, Thomas Quasthoff and was on Prairie Home Companion. Upon graduating high school, she left the Bay Area to attend Parsons The New School for Design to study photography, and is immensely excited to continue her choral singing career.