Diego Celi

Recent Jazz Studies Grad Appointed Dean of His College

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Diego Celi completed his doctorate in the spring and upon his return to Quito, he was appointed Dean of the College of Music at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies was accompanied by cognates in classical and jazz composition.

Diego was a professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito before attending Illinois to pursue his DMA. While at Illinois (2011-14) he participated in many of our jazz ensembles. His DMA project was Twentieth Century Polymodality, Counterpoint, and Heptatonic Synthetic Scales, and their Application in a Jazz Suite for Quartet (Original Composition). With his project, he placed his extended composition in historical context, and showed a unique approach in combining these kinds of compositional techniques with improvisation in a jazz ensemble. 

While at U of I, Diego studied with Larry Gray, Tito Carrillo, Jim Pugh and Chip McNeill in the Jazz Division, as well as studies with Composition Professor Carlos Carrillo. 

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