About Yphos Music

YPHOS (ύφος) — [pronounced EE-fōs] — translates loosely from Greek as “style”, but in the Byzantine Chant tradition it carries much deeper significance. Yphos suggests a deep reverence for oral tradition, learning from practitioners of past generations, and participating in something larger than oneself. Yphos does not exist in isolation; it draws its power from community and shared experience.

YPHOS Voice Studio was founded in 2019 by professional cantor Photini Downie Robinson of Cappella Romana in response to the unique needs of chanters, ensemble singers, and liturgical musicians. In addition to the fundamentals of healthy singing, she addresses related non-musical issues such teamwork, confidence, diplomacy, and the politics of change. When we offer our gifts in prayer as opposed to performance, spiritual care becomes a critical element of good singing. Photini, a seminarian in pastoral ministry as well as a professional singer with decades of experience, will put you at right at ease. She will provide the practical tools you need to sing your best, expand your musical vocabulary, increase your understanding of liturgical rubrics, and participate more fully in the liturgical life of your parish.

Discover how to draw upon your own artistry and musicianship as you are guided by the vision of your director or clergy. Learn the art of collaboration, the tricks of the trade, the questions to ask, and how to self-advocate for your vocal health while being a team player.

Photini has sung in choirs her whole life and has worked as a professional ensemble singer for over 20 years. Whether you are a beginning student, a seasoned professional, or anywhere in between, she can help you refine your skills to better serve your parish or ensemble.