Photini Downie Robinson earned her degree in Vocal Performance from the DePauw University School of Music in 1998 and has been singing professionally ever since. An affinity for early music led her career through Renaissance polyphony, Baroque chamber music, oratorio, and eventually into the highly specialized niche of Byzantine Chant and the musical traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Passionate about all things liturgical, she served as a staff singer in various faith traditions until she was received into Orthodoxy in 2015. She has learned from the most highly respected leaders and scholars of our generation: Dr. Alexander Lingas, John Michael Boyer, Fr. Ivan Moody, Dr. Achilleas Chaldæakes, Stelios Kontakiotis, Fr. Romanos Karanos, Fr. John Rassem El Massih, and Benedict Sheehan. She is one of the leading advocates for integrating women into the classical tradition of the Psaltic Art and is deeply committed to the education and support of all aspiring chanters.
Photini began her career in Cincinnati, Ohio as an artist with the Vocal Arts Ensemble before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. She has appeared with nearly every professional ensemble in the region: Cappella Romana, the Saint Tikhon Choir, Resonance Ensemble, Cantores in Ecclesia, Trinity Chamber Singers, In Mulieribus, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Third Angle New Music Ensemble. Formerly a multi-genre crossover artist, Photini has chosen to dedicate her career to the enhancement of Orthodox liturgical life through her music ministry. She is in high demand as a soloist, ensemble artist, cantor, teacher, speaker, and workshop facilitator.
Photini is the Lambadários (second cantor) at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, Oregon (USA) where she leads the left analogion and assists with the parish choir. She is a touring artist with world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana and serves on their Board of Directors. She is on the faculty of the Artefact Institute and the Saint John Koukouzelis Institute of Liturgical Arts and is always looking for opportunities to connect and collaborate. Photini earned the prestigious Certificate in Byzantine Music from Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology in 2021 with the highest distinction. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Portland Seminary with a specialization in chaplaincy and pastoral ministry.