Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Studies
DMA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MM, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, University of California, Los Angeles
Arian Khaefi is assistant professor of Choral Studies at San Diego State University where he conducts the San Diego State Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, University Chorus, teaches choral literature, and directs the graduate choral conducting program. Previously, Khaefi served as director of choral activities at Fullerton College and Towson University. As a conductor and educator, Khaefi strives to craft musical experiences that elicit fellowship and challenge norms on both sides of the podium. He holds D.M.A and M.M degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, Los Angeles, respectively.
Khaefi maintains an active schedule leading ensemble and conducting workshops for high-schools, colleges, and universities across the country. While he has forged partnerships within each educational community he has served, Khaefi has been particularly passionate about accelerating the advancement of choral arts within secondary schools in partnerships with district teachers and administrators. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as Chorus America and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, for which he served as a national board member from 2013-2017. In 2017, Khaefi was appointed as the Director of the Cornish American Song Institute Choral Scholars Program, a month-long intensive summer conducting program held in the United Kingdom in conjunction with Oxford University.
Khaefi is nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a conducting pedagogue and guest conductor. In addition to regularly leading regional and all-state honor choirs, he has guest-conducted throughout Asia, Europe, and South America. Choruses under his direction have toured nationally and have performed in concert halls across the United States. Khaefi has prepared choruses for leading conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Warren-Green, and James Conlon.