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Dzirani was founded in the Fall of 2018. Dzirani is devoted to maintaining and spreading the Armenian culture through dances of our homeland. The group practices on Saturdays @ 1:15PM. All of the youth of the parish ages 5 and above are welcome! All dances are choreographed by Tigran Dumanyan and Nargiz Mkrtchyan.

Tigran Dumanyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to United States with his family 15 years ago. Tigran has been playing the piano since he was 5.5 years old. He graduated from the Charles Aznavour Music School in Armenia and right away continued his music career after moving to New York. Tigran played in many competitions at Carnegie Hall as a piano soloist as well as accompanying piano with violin and other instruments. Tigran also tutors piano lessons privately. Tigran graduated from Queens College with double majors in Pure Mathematics and Economics. Tigran’s dream is to become an Actuary. He passed the first exam for a career in Actuary, P1 Probability and Statistics Exam SOA, and currently is preparing for the second exam, FM/2 Financial Mathematica. Tigran works at GEICO as an Injury Claims Adjuster and is also the music teacher at the Holy Martyrs Armenian Saturday School. Nargiz Mkrtchyan Dumanyan was born in Artashat, Armenia.

Nargiz graduated from the Artashat Music School with dual majors, vocal and instrumental piano. She also has  experience in Armenian tradition dance and was a dancer in Hakob Movsisyan dance group, part of Vanush Xanamiryan dance ensemble. As a child, Nargiz sang in Arevik Choir Ensemble. Nargiz studied Jazz Vocal and graduated Komitas State Conservatory from 2010-2014. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Music Teaching and Classical Vocal Majors and graduated in 2017 with a Magistros Title for Music Teachers. In 2017, Nargiz wrote an article for Komitas named “Face Shadows of Komitas” and article won first prize. Nargiz was a public school music teacher from the years 2014-2018 at Aygestan Public School, teaching grades 1-7. At Aygestan Public School, she was the choir director and prepared kids for singing competitions for the state of Yerevan. During the years 2017-2019, Nargiz was a vocal teacher at Artashat Music School, where she had total of 21 students. She also prepared many of the students for singing competitions, from which many of them took first and second prizes. In 2018, during the state concert where students performed, Nargiz received  the “Profession Young Kids Teacher” award which highlighted her music career as well as a “Thank You” award as best vocal/music teacher of region of Ararat. From the years 2015-2019, Nargiz was also a church choir soloist at Artashat St. Hovhannes Church. Nargiz just recently moved to New York.

For further information, please contact the church office at 718-225-0235 or email Lara M. Ciamician (lciamician@gmail.com).

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