Assyrian Women Ensemble

Assyrian Women Ensemble


Assyrian Women is an ensemble of classically trained Assyrian vocalists that will present their performances in celebration of the miracle of birth. Join us as Assyrian Women bring their heritage and traditions to the world.

Leah Rose Fisher

Soprano I


Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in French, Summa Cum Laude, from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University (NYU) where she received the 2013 NYU Vocal Pedagogy Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in vocal pedagogy. She has performed in opera, oratorio and musical theater with the Hudson Theatre Ensemble, Shreveport Opera, New York Lyric Opera and appeared in Film and Television with Apostolic Productions and Stone Road Pictures. Leah is a successful voice teacher, holding studios at NYU, Performers Theater Workshop and privately.

Enanna Sheena

Soprano I


Enanna is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive experience in early childhood and voice/transgender voice treatment. She currently works in the Chicago Public Schools primarily with children ages 3-14 with mild to severe speech and learning disabilities. A lover of languages and singing, Enanna speaks Fluent Assyrian/Neo-Aramaic, Spanish and Italian and is an active member of Wicker Park Choral Singers in Chicago, IL.

Janelle Yausif

Soprano I


Janelle is a high school student with the performing experience of a professional. Since the age of 8 she has appeared in performances in Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Jose, Turlock, Modesto and in Canada. She participated in the 2012 Rome Opera Festival, and also sang at the IMTA Awards in Hollywood. Her first album The First Noel was released Christmas 2014. She performs at the Columbus Center in Toronto, Canada every year for their Italian Festival.

Samiramis Sayad

Soprano II


Samiramis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in New Media from Centenary College of Louisiana. She has a decade of choral experience with Centenary College Choir and Camerata with whom she has sung Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, at Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as Christ the Redeemer Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro during a tour of Brazil and Argentina. Samiramis has performed as a recitalist in New York, Shreveport, and San Jose, CA. She has performed in film and Television with Apostolic Productions and Louisiana Motion Pictures. Samiramis is a newlywed, having been married to Blake Johnson in September.

Shushana Tamrazova

Soprano II


Shushana has been studying voice for 13 years at the University of Vocal Pedagogy in Kyiv, Ukraine. She performs with the Amadeus Vocal Ensemble where she has been a soloist for the past three years. Shushana has sung opera and oratorio solos with the group and continues her training in voice and piano. She speaks Russian, English and Assyrian. Shushana currently lives in Kyiv, where she works as a Lead Software Testing Engineer and Project Manager at EPAM Systems.

Sarah Ego

Soprano II


Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Pop Music Studies from the Institute of Music in Osnabrück, Germany. She has been studying voice since the age of seven, but also plays piano, violin and percussion and is an accomplished dancer of ballroom, hip-hop and ballet. Sarah has organized and self-produced concerts in Rome, Cologne, Paderborn and Munich to aid middle-eastern Christians. In 2012, she performed as a Soloist in the Classical World Music Concert Tour in Istanbul, München, Nürnberg and Völklingen. Sarah speaks English, German, Assyrian (mother-tongue) and Latin.

Sabrina Yonan

Soprano II


Sabrina comes to us from Turlock, CA, she is a fourth-year undergrad college student seeking a Bachelor degree in Business. Sabrina has taken voice lessons for eleven years from some of the foremost voice teachers and vocal coaches in the area, has been the winner of various vocal competitions, and excels in choral, classical singing and Jazz. A favorite among her Assyrian community, she is a regular performer at local events and in concerts.

Stella Rezgo

Alto


Stella is no stranger to the Assyrian community. Never forgetting her roots, Stella has toured Europe performing her Assyrian hits with a band of talented musicians and an Assyrian dance ensemble called Shamiran. Recognized for her naturally versatile voice and inspired by the tour’s success, Stella eagerly continued to work on her first album. She emigrated to Canada in 1996 where she lives with her family, and where she continues to perform for the Assyrian community and also with an all-female group called Voysis.

Nadia Younan

Alto


Nadia is pursuing a PhD in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. She is an accomplished scholar, vocalist and alto-saxophonist. A member of the vocal ensemble Meden Glas, she has performed music spanning from Russia to Bulgaria but always returning to her native Assyrian. Having sung and played in countless festivals, conferences and concerts throughout Canada, she continues to teach at the University of Toronto, emphasizing ethnomusicology, Middle East studies and Music of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

Dr. Charlene Archibeque

Conductor


Dr. Archibeque is one of America’s foremost choral conductors, teachers and clinicians. Dr. Archibeque was the first female conductor to earn her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting in the USA. Known for her knowledge of the choral repertoire and performance practice of all styles, Dr. Archibeque is one of America’s top choral clinicians, has conducted choirs in 44 states, won seven international choral competitions, and has completed sixteen concert tours to Australia, Mexico and Europe. Dr. Archibeque has conducted in many of the major music halls including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall in London, and with the Berlin Philharmonic. She was the recipient of the Howard Swan Award presented by California ACDA in 2008 and has judged the Golden State Choral Festival several times. She currently serves on the Board of the American Beethoven Society, is President of the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony, and is editor of the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series for Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Layna Chianakas

AAI Artistic Director and Assistant Conductor


Layna is a highly accomplished operatic Mezzo-Soprano, holds a Master Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, and served as an Artistic Ambassador of the United States to Central and South America. Ms. Chianakas recently made her Carnegie Hall debut, sang the alto solos in the Lord Nelson Mass with the Limerick Music Festival in Limerick, Ireland, and was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony No. 1 with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and for the San Jose Wind Symphony’s Symphony No. 4 by Johan de Meij. She is recently retired from San Jose State University as Associate Professor of Voice, Voice Area Coordinator and Director of the San José State Opera Theater. In addition to a thriving private voice studio, she is a voice teacher at Valley Christian Conservatory in San Jose, CA as well as the Artistic Director of the Performing Arts division and Voice Teacher for the Assyrian Arts Institute.