Gayanne is a vocal capacity builder, both of individuals and communities. As a vocal coach, she combines her background as a psychotherapist to help people ground themselves in their voices and find their unique expression through singing. Gayanne builds community through song by creating organic musical spaces that help participants experience music in new ways and deepen their connections to each other.
Gayanne serves as music director at Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH), directing a unique program that is rich in innovation, collaboration, and ruach (spirit). She also consults with synagogues on how to integrate creative musical approaches into their spiritual practice.
As a musician herself, Gayanne has performed in a variety of settings, ranging from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to improvisational singing with Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin. Gayanne wrote and recorded several chants on CBH’s chant CD, and has just completed her first solo album, By The God Tree, which will be released later this year.
Gayanne holds a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a master's in clinical social work. Gayanne is trained in Jeanne Lovetri's Somatic Voicework methodology, and she was in the first fellowship cohort of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute founded by Joey Weisenberg.
Gayanne is the mother of two adult children, is a new grandparent of identical twin boys, and can’t wait to teach them to swim where she lives in Pine Lake, GA.