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“So many of the reviews coming in from guests point to the beauty and grace of your performance. That you enabled this large diverse group of people to pray and sing together was one of the miracles of the evening. I hope you and the other musicians enjoyed yourselves as much as our guests did. Thank you and thank you again.”

Holli Levitsky, PhD

Founder and Director

Jewish Studies Program

Loyola Marymount University

"Gradually harmony emerged and everyone sang together, locked in harmony, in a meditative state for several minutes, ending in a gradual fade out. This was an extraordinary experience.”

Ping Ho, MPH

Founder and Director

UCLArts and Healing 

“Vanya is an extremely bright and talented music therapist as well as voice performer. I have worked with Vanya and invited her to become part of our UCLA pediatric pain team as well as our Whole Child LA pain team, reserving these invitations only for the best clinicians in each field.”

Lonnie Zeltzer, MD

Emerita Distinguished Professor 

UCLA School of Medicine 


Whole Child LA Pain Clinic


Creative healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP)

"Vanya made Sephardic music come to life with her skillful musicianship, her resonant voice and her knowledge of the many elements that have influenced this complex and beautiful musical tradition. Her performance included a variety of instrument and musical styles. She began each song by providing an historical frame and the concert took her listener into distinct eras and geographical regions of the Sephardic Diaspora. She sang with conviction and gave this ancient musical a contemporary voice. I thoroughly enjoyed her concert.”

Sally Sefami

Spanish Instructor

review for concert at UC Irvine

"Your engaging and creative interactive style had our children and families connecting in different ways and really set the tone for a successful PJ Library offering."

Michael Fritzen

Public Programs Manager

Kidspace Children's Museum

Former Program Manager
PJ Library, Los Angeles

“The students loved your presentation, and the teachers even more! I think your presentation was better than any of the professors who had been on campus earlier. You hit just the right note (pun intended) in terms of interesting information and level of addressing the students.”

Robert L. Davis, PhD
Professor of Spanish

Director of Language Instruction University of Oregon

Former Director

Middlebury Language Program

“Thank you for bringing your wise, creative and compassionate self to our group. There are so many things that we appreciated. I have to say that I was especially delighted and surprised by what you were able to do with our group memories at the end – a little country, a little rock.... There was something about you singing our experiences back to us that made me feel like you were really seeing us, hearing us.... It was quite powerful.”

Melissa Johnson, PhD

Founder and CEO

Institute for Girls' Development

“Thank you for a wonderful session. I think our moms got a lot out of it and came away relaxed and rejuvenated.”

Randi Grossman, MPH


Chai Lifeline West Coast

“The presentation was wonderfully put together and informative as well as educational and your singing was (is) heavenly!”

Emily Mahon

Non Profit Executive

Former Program Manager

Skirball Cultural Center

“Aside from her angelic voice, Vanya has a combination of clinical knowledge and patient empathy that makes her so successful with our patients.”

Raffi Tachdjian, MD

UCLA School of Medicine

Founding Director

The Children’s Music Fund

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