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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

OVNYC was formed as an off-shoot of Felicity Graham's voice studio and her doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her dissertation topic revolves around gendered and orientation-centered voice issues.

Currently in the process of incorporation and seeking non-profit status, the organization comprises two major initiatives - a performance series ("Club Howdy"), and an educational series (OVED and NEW VOICES). The educational series intends to offer 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.