2023 - Zing Studio - Rachel Hadiashar

2023 – Zing Studio – Rachel Hadiashar

About Photini

Photini Downie Robinson is a specialist in Byzantine chant and is in national demand as a cantor, ensemble artist, teacher, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Computer Science from DePauw University and a Certificate in Byzantine Music from the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with the highest grade of Άριστα (Excellent).

Photini is the Protopsáltria (First Cantor) at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, Oregon (USA), having received her formal tonsure in 2022 by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. She is a principal artist with professional vocal ensemble Cappella Romana and the Founding Director of Yphos Studio, a collaborative training ground for Orthodox cantors and clergy. She currently serves on the faculty of the Liturgical Arts Academy (TLAA) and the Synaxis of Orthodox Women Byzantine CantorsShe has also taught classes at the Koukouzelis Institute and the Artefact Institute.

Formerly a full-time computer programmer, Photini opted to retire from the technology sector in order to fully dedicate her career to the advocacy of Orthodox music and liturgical life. Her work has been featured by Axia Women, Ancient Faith Radio, and the GOA Metropolis of San Francisco. She is passionate about the intersection of liturgical music and pastoral theology and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA. After graduation, she hopes to serve the Church in a full-time role that combines musical leadership with pastoral ministry.

Photini is a recipient of the 2023 James J. Tembelis Scholarship, awarded by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for outstanding academic achievement and service to the Church.