Singers

“Brazilian Voices singers share a passion for singing and showcasing the best of Brazilian culture.
Rehearsals are special and moments are very precious, when members have their training and aim towards vocal excellence. It is a fun and stress relieving activity that gathers an enormous amount of positive energy and wellbeing through music. Laughter sessions and group hugs are an intrinsic
part of this big musical family bonding.”

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Aneliz was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, and has been away from Brazil since 2002. She lived in London, UK for 3 years, and moved to Florida in 2006. Living a very happy and healthy married life, loves bicycling, the beach, yoga and meditation. She is very proud and excited to be part of Brazilian Voices where everyone experiences the pleasure of sharing joy and love through singing.

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Carla Zackson Heller

A native New Yorker, Carla loves theater, film, language and music. She studied French and theater at Cornell and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Carla is a veteran actress, singer and director and has extensive producer/writer credits for TV and news. She also directs comedy and musicals at local theaters. Carla, who sings in 11 languages, performed for years with the classical Arcadian Chorale. A Directors Guild of America member, Carla worked on production for such films as Working Girl and Mystic Pizza. Carla is President of ZMX Inc., a corporate events & media production firm with offices in NJ & FL.

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Catherine Araujo

Catherine was born in CA (USA) but raised in Brazil. She is of Brazilian/Colombian decent. As a NSU-MBA graduate, she is currently employed by ADP as an Implementation Specialist in the HR/Payroll/Tax field. She enjoys spending time her family, travelling, dancing, singing, reading, volunteering, and giving back to the community. BV allows her to keep her Brazilian culture, and wonderful childhood memories. “I am honoured to be part of this organization, and be able to experience such great positive energy with everyone.”

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Cristina Metayer

Metayer was born in Sao Paulo, Brasil. She grew up surrounded by music. Her parents sang at church and lyric choir. She moved to the United States in 1989 and in 2009 a beautiful gift came into her life: Brazilian Voices, a group of women who touched her heart and soul with music and laughter! Inspired by this wonderful group and talented teachers, Cristina dove into her dream of making a CD. In 2011, she released her first solo CD “SONHO “.

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Daniella Priolli Carvalho

Daniella was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She lived in São Paulo for 17 years before moving to Florida in 2014. Married, a proud mother (two economists and a singer), and a pediatrician, she’s a positive person. She’s always been surrounded by music: her grandmother and mother were teachers at UFRJ/Music, and her father loved to sing. Dani has participated in several musical projects in Rio and has some recorded compositions. She “scratches” the guitar and loves to listen to music and sing. A fan of BV, she still can’t believe she is part of the group.

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Dilvar Muñoz

Dilvar was born in Panama City, Panama. She studied Tourism Management in the University of Panama; moved to Florida in 2001 where she works as a Florida Licensed Insurance Agent. As for her music passion, she was part of the SGI Music Group “Quinto Milenio” in Panama, and she is an active member of the SGI Florida Ikeda Chorus. Joined Brazilian Voices in 2008 and love the tremendous effort this group has been doing to promote peace, culture and education through music.

Elizabet Silva

Elizabet was born in Minas Gerais but she considers herself a multi-state citizen, since she grew up traveling with her father throughout Brazil. She fell in love with Brazilian Voices after watching a concert in 2012 and told herself that one day she would be on stage singing with the group.
Dream come true!!!

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Evellyn Santos

Santos was born in São Paulo, graduated in Hotel Administration from Renaissance University. Very passionate about Brazilian Culture (singing and dancing) she joined Brazilian Voices right after she moved from New York to Florida. She performed several times for world peace with a live band at the Queens Community Center, also gigs at the Luna de Juarez Restaurant and Morrison’s Pub, all in New York City.

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Flavia Lima

Flavia is a native of Santos, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Interested and involved with the arts from an early age, she loves to participate in multi-cultural projects through various platforms and fulfills her passion for music by singing with Brazilian Voices since 2003. A citizen of the world who works with a purpose of producing creative expressions, inspiring conscious and healthy lifestyles. She enjoys traveling and exploring new projects and adventures with her family, friends and this marvelous vocal group.

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Isabel Escosteguy

Isabel moved from Rio de Janeiro to Connecticut in 1990 with her husband Marcos. She is an IT professional with degrees in Math and Computer Science. She sang in school and church choirs but found her most fulfilling singing experience with BV. The group not only offers her the opportunity to be in close contact with the best of Brazilian culture, but also the chance to share this treasure with an international audience. The BV Educational program also gave her the great joy of bringing to stage two great passions: Capoeira and her “Capoerista” son Daniel.

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Joyce Duarte

Born in Recife, Joyce moved to Brasilia at 11 months, returning to Recife at 17 to become a Bachelor in Music. She sang from an early age and began piano studies at nine. Joyce sang, conducted choirs and musical groups from churches where she worked as music minister. She teaches vocal technique, piano and music for children since 1999. Joyce moved with her husband and daughter to the USA – SC in 2010 where she joined a Bossa Nova Club. In 2014 they relocated to Florida and later found Brazilian Voices, a group she is thrilled to be a part of.

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Kátia Maria Nicolelis Germano

Kátia was born in São Paulo. Her passion for singing and dancing is the reason that makes her so happy and blessed for taking part in Brazilian Voices. She moved to the US with her husband Marcos in 1998, and later on they had two wonderful boys, Bryan and Derek that also sang with Brazilian Voices Kids. With a background in Educational Psychology, she always worked in this area when living in Brazil. Now she dedicates her life to raising the family with a lot of love, strength and courage.

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Larissa Tapigliani

Larissa was born in Recife and raised in São Paulo. As a child, she took music lessons at Conservatório Musical Franz Liszt where she studied the piano, guitar, and drums until moving to South Florida with her family in 1993. She received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Broward College where she also participated in the Broward Choral Society. In addition to singing with Brazilian Voices, Larissa spends a considerable portion of her free time strumming a ukulele.

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Luciana Lewis

Luciana was born in Soledade, a small town in Rio Grande do Sul. She graduated in Arts, and holds a Masters Degree in Fashion Design. After getting married, she moved with her husband Fernando to São Paulo, and then to the US. She has two sons, Diego and Matheus. She currently works for a company that produces corporate events. Coming from a musical and creative family that has always been involved in music in Brazil; her brothers are musicians and her mother was a radio singer; it was only in the US that she discovered her true passion: singing. She Joined Brazilian Voices in 2004.

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Marineide Araújo

Born in Manaus, capital of Amazonas, in the Amazon forest, Marineide grew up in an environment rich in folklore, legends and music. Singing and dancing have always been her passion. Graduated in tourism and event planning, she moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1987 to work for an airline company. She lived in Brasília for 14 years, and in 2009 she came to San Diego CA, to support her husband in a Ph.D. She is married to Luiz Guilherme Reys and has three beautiful daughters. She currently lives in Florida and is honored to be a member of “Brazilian Voices”.

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Marize Casaes

Marize was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She moved to Florida with husband and son in 2000. She has a major in Business Administration. Drawn to Psychology and Alternative Therapies, she studied and graduated in Naturopathy and Astrology; and while still in Brazil made her career in those fields. Believing that Arts, music in special, are powerful tools in the therapeutic and self-cure processes, she found in Brazilian Voices the ideal opportunity to unite love to Brazilian culture, and to apply and expand her knowledge.

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Monica Capelluto

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monica moved to Weston in 2001. An architect, she is a planner for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. She is married to Gustavo Firpo and mother of three: Valentin, Simona and Teo. Monica has a solid education in Fine Arts and has taken plentiful dance and singing classes throughout her life. She had her “Broadway moment” as part of the cast of “Hair” (Buenos Aires/1985). She loves Zumba, reading and being in contact with nature. She is immensely grateful for the opportunity of being a member of BV.

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Monica Kodama

Monica is a psychologist, born and raised in São Paulo, and a proud mother of two. Since she moved to Florida in 2014, she has been delighted to spark joy while singing with Brazilian Voices in hospitals, schools and concerts in her beautiful adopted country.

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Neide Relva

Neide was born in São Paulo, and grew up in Santos, BR. She moved to the US in 1996 with her family. She has two children: Gabriel and Lívia. She loves travel and photography. Her appreciation for almost all musical styles came from the influence of her godfather Pedro Buono who loved MPB and Bossa Nova. More than happy, she is very grateful for the opportunity to be a member of Brazilian Voices, a group that she admires for its musical quality and philanthropic work. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this group!

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Paula Mui

Paula was born in Agudos, Sao Paulo. In Brazil, she sang in choirs, performed theater plays, worked as an interviewer on a radio show and owned a language and music school. She received her Law degree in Brazil and continued her legal studies in the USA at PBCC and NSU Law Center. Paula enjoys writing poetry and in 2012 she won a scholarship to attend the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She is honored and grateful for being part of the Brazilian Voices. “Seeing so many lives being touched by our Brazilian music is a healing experience.”

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Renata Pizzutti

Renata was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She received a Degree in Arts from FAAP University. Since then she has been working as a home textile designer for over 20 years. Her expertise brought her to USA in 2001, when she moved with her family to New York. She currently works as a Design Director in Miami. She is a very proud mother of a son named Lucas. Enjoying music since childhood, she used to be part of the University chorus in Brazil. Today she is very honored for being part of “Brazilian Voices”, which brings her happiness, and makes her feel closer to her loved ones.

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Selma Savage

Selma was born and raised in São Paulo but has lived in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York and Paris.  She has a BA in Business Administration and worked in auditing and as a financial analyst.  While living in London, she sang Bossa Nova with a small group in Brazilian restaurants and events. She lives in Florida with her husband Tom and has three children.

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Selma Zollman

Selma is passionate for music and dogs. She studied piano since seven years old and sang in a church choirs. She played piano at shopping Malls Iguatemi and Morumbi in São Paulo, where she was born. She is graduated in Music Therapy at UNAERP, Ribeirão Preto, and has masters in Marketing and International Business. Since 1999 she has lived in the USA, in Maryland, California and now Florida. She works in Real Estate and on the exportation of airplane parts business. She is very happy to be part of the Brazilian Voices and to be able to help the world to be better.

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Silvana Baars M. Florez

Silvana is an Architect born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She moved to New York in 1982 to pursue an MSc degree in Transportation Planning. She shares with her husband a love for music and together they sang with the University Chorus. After relocating with their two children a number of times between Brazil, USA and Singapore, in 1998 the family settled in Coral Springs. Since joining BV in 2011, Silvana has been a devoted member of the Arts&Healing program and is embraced by friends who are dedicated in sharing Brazilian music and culture throughout our communities.

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Sue Scaglione

Sue was born in the city of Sao Paulo. She graduated in Education and Physical Education and holds a master degree in School Administration and Children’s Psychology. Sue was a school principal in Brazil prior to relocating to the US where she had opportunities to continue her studies in Education and also explore new things. She has moved a few times and has lived in Brazil, the US and Switzerland. Sue enjoys exposure to multicultural exchanges, diversity, arts and education, and Brazilian Voices has allowed her to become involved in many of the things she loves.

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Tania Gelabert

TJ aka Tania Janet Gelabert is from NY but raised both in NYC/SFL. She comes from a Puerto Rican/Middle Eastern background. As a Realtor in residential/commercial real estate, she consults for consumers, developers and investors. “Intrigued by Brazilian culture and music, BV has made it possible for me get closer to the Brazilian culture, participate, and enjoy such positive energy and passion, as I learn more and more of this beautiful country, and its wonderful people!”

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Thaís Reiss

Thaís has moved back and forth her native Brazil and South Florida, where she received her BA in International Relations and an MBA in Marketing. Thaís joined FedEx Latin America in 2016, after 10 years of experience at the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and Odebrecht. Besides playing the keyboard and piano, she undertook composition lessons in 2002 with Loren Oliveira, when she joined the Brazilian Voices: a self-endeavor of art, culture, friendship, and heritage.

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Virginia Engestrom

Virginia is a passionate Educator working with high school students in Broward County. She is originally from Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil and moved to the USA in 2001. She found in the Brazilian Voices a home where she expresses herself and shares the common thread all the singers have in common: the love for Brazil and its culture. She believes our culture is a source of peace and joy, which she feels very privileged to partake. Virginia is married and has a son.

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Viviane Neves

Born in São Paulo, SP, she is a graduate in Business Administration, and has a Master in Business Administration. Even though she spent most of her life working in the Financial field, her passion has been music since childhood. She sang with her parents, who loved to sing too. After her marriage, she participated in festivals with her husband, playing guitar, and doing some backing vocals. In 2001 she moved to Florida, and in 2004 she had the opportunity and good fortune of becoming part of this wonderful group, and its projects.

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