Armenian

Music

Ensemble

Promoting the heritage of
Armenian folk music

The Armenian Music Ensemble, under the directorship of ethnomusicologist Armen Adamian, focuses on the study and performance of Armenian vernacular musical styles and repertoires. The ensemble is supported by the Armenian Music Program’s mentor-student fellowship program. Each academic year, a group of UCLA students and alumna are provided with the opportunity of working with distinguished musicians from the local Armenian community. Past and present mentors include Antranig Kzirian for oud, Armen Adamian for duduk and shvi, Emmanuel Hovannisyan, for duduk, Hasmik Harutyunyan for voice, and Vardan Baghdasaryan for kamancha.

For more information, contact director Armen Adamian.

Contact Armen Adamian
Contact Armen Adamian
Contact Armen Adamian
Student Testimonials
Mickey Hashim
Prior to taking the Armenian Music class on a whim, I had known almost nothing about Armenia. Learning its oral tradition and the rich cultural tapestry that informs the repertoire we perform has changed my understanding of how music can exist fluidly and dynamically beyond notation and music’s unifying power that connects communities worldwide. For any non-Armenians interested in the program, it is an incredible opportunity to be immersed in the intricacies of this fascinating musical tradition while exploring your instrument in meticulous detail.
Isabelle Kouyoumjian
To anyone considering joining, I would say it's a unique and invaluable opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich cultural tradition while developing your musical talents.
Hayk Gargaloyan
I am incredibly grateful to the Armenian Music Program for giving me an opportunity to connect more deeply with my culture and develop my musical skills. Although I am not a music major, this has definitely been my most rewarding experience at UCLA!
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Instrumentalists

Meet the Ensemble

Lori Der Sahakian
Voice, Armenian Music Ensemble
Hayk Gargaloyan
Duduk, Armenian Music Ensemble
Alisa Gukasian
Kamancha, Armenian Music Ensemble
Mickey Hashim
Shvi, Armenian Music Ensemble
Ian Mautner
Oud, Armenian Music Ensemble
Vasken Ohanian
Oud, Armenian Music Ensemble
Anoush Suni
Oud, Armenian Music Ensemble

Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni

Ania Baghoomian
Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni
Loussi Bedrosian
Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni
Adam Frary
Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni
Isabelle Kouyoumjian
Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni
Jenny Kouyoumjian
Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni
Sona Nalbandian
Armenian Music Ensemble Alumni
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Support the Armenian Music Ensemble by contributing to the Armenian Music Program!