Ms. Ghoukasian’s own curiosity in film music has also created a program called “Kids2Kids” concerts prepared and performed by students for students. These concerts have been received with great acclaim by administrators and student audiences.
Ms. Ghoukasian is an active chamber music and orchestral musician. She is the Principal 2nd Violinist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998. Ms. Ghoukasian also performs with the Nevada Ballet and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Principals Quartet, presenting educational outreach and chamber music concerts in the community.
She has performed with many notable classical and pop artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Boccelli, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Itzhak Perlman and others. Her solo performances include appearances with Henderson Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic. Ms. Ghoukasian has received her early music training in Armenia. After moving to the United States she has received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has studied with Lori Ulanova, Haik Balian and John Kendall.
Ms. Ghoukasian is an established pedagogue. Consequently she has been invited to present master classes and teach workshops in Arizona, Utah, California, Idaho, South Dakota, Alaska, Oregon, New York and Las Vegas Summer Music Festival. Shakeh Ghoukasian was one of the presenters at the American String Teachers National Conference in February 2005 and Suzuki National Conference in Minneapolis in 2006. She is a recipient of ASTA’s Studio Teacher Award in Nevada. Shakeh Ghoukasian is the founding member and Program Director of Green Valley Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Ghoukasian’s students are winners of several local and national competitions and have been chosen to participate in numerous notable summer music festivals and camps. She enjoys working with young musicians and guiding their musical and artistic development.