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Arian Khaefi


Artistic Director & Conductor, 2013-2017

Arian Khaefi stepped down as artistic director and conductor of Handel Choir of Baltimore in June 2017 to accept a position at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. Click here for full press release. Khaefi was appointed Handel Choir artistic director and conductor in 2013.

From 2011 to 2017, he served as director of choral activities at Towson University, where he conducted the University Chorale and Men’s and Women’s Choruses, taught applied lessons in conducting, and administered a choral program of six choirs. In June of 2017, he accepted a position with Fullerton College in Orange County, California.

Before coming to Baltimore, 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 master classes both nationally 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, 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 mentoring 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.


SUSTAINING SUPPORT for Handel Choir's 2016-2017 subscription concert series is provided by Preston and Nancy Athey.GuideStar logo

Handel Choir's 2016-2017 season is SUPPORTED by the Maryland State Arts Council, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards, and by the Citizens of Baltimore County, the City of Baltimore and Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and the Venable Foundation.

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Handel Choir of Baltimore is a MEMBER of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Maryland Nonprofits.

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