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Louise Yardumian

Louise (Sarkisian) Yardumian is a native of Detroit, Michigan graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music. She started playing the organ at St. John Armenian Church at the age of 13, continuing for 14 years as church organist until moving to St. Petersburg, FL in 1974. Louise was a board member of the Suncoast Armenian American Society, organized the first Armenian Church service on the West Coast of Florida (1974) and was a founding member of St. Hagop Armenian Mission Church.  She served as Vice Chairman and Secretary while on the Parish Council, helped organize periodic church services, cultural and social events, and many Armenian activities at the St. Petersburg International Folk Fairs. During the coming years, Louise and members of the St. Hagop Choir traveled to assist other mission parishes with their Divine Liturgies in Orlando, Ocala and Naples.  She also led the Choir in the Divine Liturgy for the Armenian Team at the Olympics held in Atlanta, 1996.  Louise served on the Central Council of the Armenian Church Choir Association, and was chairman of the organization for three years. Louise was the organist at the St. Vartan Cathedral Christmas Concert with Maestro Khoren Mekanejian during that time.  Louise taught vocal and instrumental music in Michigan and Florida for 25 years. She was named Organist/Choir Director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church where she directed the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir and two Handbell choirs.  She also served on the board of the American Guild of Organists, St. Petersburg Chapter. Louise is married to Dr. Haig and they have two sons, Edward and Ara, daughter in law Eva and granddaughter, Kennedy Priscilla Yardumian.