His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan and the Religious and Executive Councils announce with profound sorrow the passing of Lucy Ishkanian Tankian, on April 20, 2014. She was a dedicated supporter of the Eastern Prelacy, and she and her husband were Pillars of the Prelacy.
Ms. Ishkanian, an accomplished concert pianist, was recognized internationally. She generously gave her time and expertise to the artistic community through her support of the education and careers of young artists. In 1992 she founded the Juilliard-Komitas friendship program that offers gifted students from the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia, the opportunity to study at The Juilliard School in New York.
The Wake/Homecoming service will take place Thursday evening, April 24, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, from 6 to 8 pm, with a service at 8 pm. The Funeral service, officiated by Archbishop Oshagan, will take place on Friday, April 25, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral at 10 am. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Queens.
Ms. Ishkanian is survived by her husband, Hagop Tankian. A brother, Vahe, predeceased her.
Ms. Ishkanian was a valued member of the Prelacy’s Musical Armenia committee that each year selected an artist or artists to be featured at the annual Musical Armenia concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
In appreciation of her life-long dedication to the Prelacy and the arts, the Prelacy honored her at a luncheon on May 2, 2011, where Archbishop Oshagan decorated her with the Queen Zabel Award, one of two high honors awarded by the Eastern Prelacy.
She gave her first recital at age seven, two years after becoming the youngest student ever accepted to the Juilliard Preparatory Division. She continued her education in the college division of Juilliard, graduating with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. She also went on to complete requirements for a PhD degree at Columbia University.
In lieu-of-flowers donations may be made to St. Illuminator's Cathedral or to the Juilliard Armenian Scholarship Fund.