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 on a journey through Renaissance polyphony, Baroque chamber music and oratorio, and eventually into the highly specialized niche of Byzantine Chant.
Passionate about all things liturgical, she served as a staff singer in various faith traditions until she was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church in 2015. Since then, she has studied Byzantine Chant under the leadership of some of the most highly respected teachers and scholars of our generation: John Michael Boyer, Alexander Lingas, Stelios Kontakiotis, Achilleas Chaldaiakis, Dn. John Rassem El Massih, Gabriel Cremeens, and Samuel Herron. 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, training, and support of all aspiring chanters.
Photini began her career in Cincinnati, Ohio as an artist with the prestigious Vocal Arts Ensemble before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. She has appeared with nearly every professional ensemble in the region: Cappella Romana, Resonance Ensemble, Cantores in Ecclesia, Trinity Chamber Singers, the St. Tikhon Choir, Portland Vocal Consort, In Mulieribus, the Ensemble of Oregon, St. Paul Chamber Singers, Willamette Concert Opera, the Julians (a “genre-defying” lady quartet), Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Third Angle New Music Ensemble. She is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, cantor, teacher, and clinician. A stylistically savvy performer across diverse genres, Photini has worked under the baton of many of today’s most influential conductors including Benedict Sheehan, Ivan Moody, Timo Nuoranne, Katherine FitzGibbon, and Ethan Sperry.
Photini is the Lampadaria at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, Oregon (USA) where she leads the left analogion and runs the parish music ministry alongside Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer and choir director John Lampus. She is a touring artist with world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana and serves on the Board of Directors. She is on the faculty of the Artefact Institute and is always looking for opportunities to learn and collaborate. One day she hopes to enroll at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to further her education in theological studies, Byzantine music, and liturgical rubrics.