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Kelariz Keshavarz

Kelariz Keshavarz

Assistant Professor

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Music

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Dr. Kelariz Keshavarz, Assistant Professor of Flute at Western Carolina University, embodies a multifaceted career marked by innovative interdisciplinary projects and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in music. Her roles as a solo performer, curator, adjudicator, composer, and pedagogue showcase her dedication to fostering understanding and appreciation of music’s rich tapestry.


  • DMA, University of Utah
  • MM, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MM, Foreign Institution
  • BA, Foreign Institution

Teaching Interests

Kelariz focuses on nurturing the next generation of musicians in an inclusive and diverse learning environment. She advocates for empowering students to explore, question, and create, bridging musical traditions and contemporary practices for a comprehensive educational experience.

Research Interests

With a profound understanding of the French School of flute playing and a passion for early music, Kelariz delves into historical performance practice, bringing forth nuanced renditions and exploring expressive possibilities. Her pioneering work in contemporary music includes the "Iranian New Waves" project, showcasing over fifty compositions and fostering young Iranian composers despite cultural constraints. Additionally, her electroacoustic project, 'Minimpronics', reflects her innovative approach to musical expression, blending composition with improvisation to expand the auditory palette.

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