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NEDELKA F. PRESCOD

 
NEDELKA F. PRESCOD is a vocalist, arranger, songwriter, choral director, vocal coach, educator, social activist, community builder and a mother. NEDELKA has performed or shared the stage with such living legends as Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jowee Omicil, Ben Eunson, and with the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble. NEDELKA can be found on the recordings of and/or with Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, Marcello Pelliterri, Jowee Omicil, Pharoah Saunders, Brian Blade, Mulgrew Miller, Lionel Loueke, Anti­Pop Consortium, Radamiz, as well as her independently released solo recording project, Manifest (2008). NEDELKA has also performed background vocals for Alicia Keys, Jonathan Nelson, Jason Nelson and Dorothy Norwood.
 
As an independent solo artist, NEDELKA has performed domestically and internationally in the various genres.  Her preference is the art of beautifully singing any song.  As a young activist (1990’s), NEDELKA, founded and worked with the Progression Community Youth Choir in Brooklyn, NY desiring to offer youth an outlet and opportunity to explore and further their musical interests while addressing local and current issues.  In 2008, NEDELKA co­-founded and  was the artistic director of the Brooklyn-based endeavor, Conscious Uprising, a movement dedicated to elevating social consciousness through the arts as well as offering support and mentoring to youth and new artists.  Currently, NEDELKA thoroughly enjoys creating uniquely-­crafted, socially-­conscious solo concerts that she shares with the community believing that artists have the responsibility and power to bring awareness and positive change to their times. 
 
The mother of an awesome son and the daughter of proud Panamanians, NEDELKA, is pursuing independent studies in African Diaspora culture, history and spirituality. NEDELKA is a self ­taught artisan of beaded and natural ­materials jewelry and is a bibliophile. NEDELKA is currently a private voice teacher and the instructor and coach of New England Conservatory’s African­ American Experience Through Music and R&B Ensembles (Contemporary Improvisation Department) and Gospel Ensemble (Jazz Studies Department), is a Berklee College of Music associate professor (Ensemble Department) and voice instructor (Voice Department), Boston Trinity Academy’s Contemporary Music Ensemble (“The Eclectics”) director, and a member of Union Baptist Church’s Worship and Fine Arts Ministry, in Cambridge, MA.