Roya has been singing for others since age 8, starting with musical theater productions and school choirs in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied piano from the ages of 6-17.
She began to study voice at 15, realizing that singing was a great love of hers. Over the years, she has had the bounty of studying with a number of wonderful teachers, including the incomparable Rosa Lamoreaux.
She also has sung in choral groups under numerous brilliant conductors, including Robert Shaw, William Dehning (USC and UOP), Thomas Folan (The Publick Musick), Donald McCullough (The Master Chorale of Washington), Reilly Lewis (The Washington Bach Consort), and Norman Scribner (The Choral Arts Society of Washington).
As a Baha'i, Roya has sung with numerous choral groups and as a soloist at many conferences and smaller events. She was a featured soloist at the classical concert at the 1992 Baha'i World Congress in New York City, and is a regular soloist at the annual Music Festival at the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Il.
"Fruits of the Tree of Life" is Roya's second Baha'i-inspired CD. The first recording, completed in 1999, was entitled "Love Setteth the World Aflame". Both recordings feature the prayers and writings of the Baha'i Faith, set to music by a number of different composers.