It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the loss of one of FAR’s most beloved benefactors, philanthropist and honorary professor at Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan Mr. Arsen Sayan, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 93.

Born in Aleppo, Maestro Sayan had a rich career as an ambassador of Armenian musical culture and heritage, first as a teacher of Armenian language, history and music in Syria. After studying at the Komitas Conservatory of Music in Yerevan, he moved to the U.S.A. where spent 25 years as musical-cultural director and chief producer at the Voice of America’s Armenian Service, and also founded several choral groups.

Maestro Sayan’s dedication and commitment to helping the Armenian people, and young musicians in particular, was immense. For 20 years, the conservatory’s best students received the Sayan Scholarship, through which they received a monthly stipend to help with their living expenses.

In 2014, thanks to Maestro Sayan’s generous donation, FAR was able to renovate the Argavand Music School in Ararat Province, and thus provide an improved learning environment for about 100 students from Argavand and its nearby villages. In a gesture of deep appreciation, the music school was later named after him.

The generous, yet incredibly humble Maestro Sayan will always remain in our hearts and memories.