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"Words make you think.
Music makes you feel.
A song makes you feel a

EY Harburg, lyricist of Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Vanya Green Assuied is a singer-songwriter, licensed psychotherapist and educator specialized in music and healing. Her music builds upon a long-standing Mediterranean tradition of meeting of East and West.

An experienced songleader and therapist, she brings global Jewish music to diverse communities, facilitates interactive workshops and works with individuals and groups in private practice. She helped establish the inaugural music therapy program at UCLA Medical Center and is a part of the clinical team of CHYP, Creative Healing for Youth in Pain. 


She received a Fulbright fellowship for voice to Israel, a Bruce Geller Memorial Prize and Collaborative Project Grant from the Institute for Creativity at American Jewish University, a Susan Eliakim Siman grant for Sephardic Studies to Turkey and Greece and a scholarship for flamenco singing to the Fundacion de Flamenco, in Seville, Spain.


Vanya is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Board Certified Music Therapist with a Masters Degree from New York University in Music Therapy and a Bachelors from Brandeis University in Neuro-anthropology and Latin American Studies. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Hebrew and sings in multiple languages.

She has presented and authored publications on Jewish music, music therapy and the neurobiological processes involved in pain, music perception and emotions. She is the past director of Kantigas Muestras: Judeo-Spanish Community Singers and is actively involved in the community as the President of the Fulbright Israel Interest Group and the co-leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Daughters of Abraham for interfaith dialogue.


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