Conductor Arian Khaefi is Director of Choral Activities at Towson University where he conducts the University Chorale, Men’s and Women’s Choruses, teaches applied lessons in conducting, and administers a choral program of six choirs.
In 2013, Khaefi was named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, a semi-professional chamber ensemble which frequently appears with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and presents yearly performances of Handel’s Messiah with period orchestra, as well as a broad range of repertoire encompassing everything from newly-commissioned works to contemporary a cappella and accompanied masterworks.
Prior to coming to moving to the Mid-Atlantic region, Khaefi served as Conductor of the Windsor Classic Chorale in Windsor, Ontario, and as Assistant Conductor of the University Choral Society at the University of Michigan. He has prepared choruses for leading conductors including Peter Grunberg, Martin Katz, Christopher Warren-Green, Leonard Slatkin, and James Conlon. Khaefi’s guest-conducting has taken him across the Mid-Atlantic, and he has presented lectures and masterclasses both regionally and internationally. His ensembles at Towson University have been invited to perform at prestigious concert halls across the East Coast, most recently including Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
His primary conducting teachers include Jerry Blackstone, Donald Neuen, Paul Salamunovich, and Paul Rardin. He has received additional mentorship from Peter Phillips, Ragnar Bohlin, David Hayes, Jacques Lacombe, and Neal Stulberg. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, Los Angeles.