Contemporary Improvisation; Contemporary Improvisation, Jazz Studies; African American Roots Ensemble; NEC Gospel Ensemble
The daughter of a musician/educator, Nedelka F. Prescod continues to walk in the tradition as a member of the new Contemporary Improvisation faculty in New England Conservatory's Continuing Education program, as an ensemble coach in the corresponding College program.
A graduate of Philippa Duke Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented (Bushwick), and the LaGuardia High School of the Arts, Nedelka received her B.S. in Music Education and Performance from New York University and a Master of Arts in Music Education from CUNY Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Nedelka is a recent graduate of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Graduate program, earning her M.M., graduating with academic honors, and receiving the Gunther Schuller medal for contributions to NEC.
An academic and practitioner, Nedelka is now in her 20th year of service to youth as a teacher within the Department of Education, as well as with religious and community organizations. Her work with youth and adults is “signatured” with training in vocal and choral arts, songwriting, keyboard for beginners, and introduction to music, bridging the foundations of music and theory to current trends in music. In 2001, Nedelka formed the community youth-based choir, “Progression,” allowing local youth to come together to share their experiences and release through song. Progression was a finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest 2003.
In the performance space, Nedelka’s musical offering Manifest was her first, self-released project, independently released in 2008. In 2010, she participated in the 8th Annual Panama Jazz Festival, and has performed with MacArthur Fellows Award recipient Jason Moran. Nedelka has been featured on Kenny Garrett's two latest recording projects, one of which was Grammy-nominated. Nedelka performed background vocal work for Alicia Keys at the 2001 MTV Music Awards, which was her entrance into the life of an independent artist. She has toured Central America and the Caribbean with her father's classically trained chorale, The Roy Prescod Chorale, as a member and soloist. As a solo vocalist she has worked on various recordings of independent and major labels, performing house music with the likes of DJ Romain and Matt Keys (RoMatt). She was featured on hip-hop projects with revolutionaries such as Anti-Pop Consortium, and on the sophomore recording project Roots & Grooves of mentor and friend Jowee Omicil, as well as the debut recording project of high school friends Derek Gibbs's and Kevin Brightmans's All Is Well as part of the ensemble Forever Forward.
In addition to musical arts, Nedelka is a self-taught artist of beaded and natural materials jewelry, whose pieces have been on display and for sale at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in the Clinton Hills section of Brooklyn, as well as featured on the cover of Graphis Photography Annual 2001.
B.S. in music education and performance, New York University; M.A. in music education, CUNY Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; M.M., D.M.A. in progress, New England Conservatory.
photo and video by Andrew Hurlbut