- Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Master of Arts in Music Education—Stephen F. Austin State University
- Baccalaureus Artium in Contemporary Music—Universidad San Francisco de Quito
- Alumnus in Jazz Studies—Florida International University
Dr Diego Celi is an Ecuadorian jazz guitarist, composer, pedagogue and scholar with experience as a performer, researcher and educator in South and North America.
Prior to joining LASALLE, he was Full Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito for nearly 18 years, where he also served as Coordinator, Chair, Vice Dean, and Dean of the College of Music.
Dr Celi’s areas of expertise include traditional and contemporary jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian popular music (MPB), jazz harmony, arranging and composition, and common practice period and contemporary Western art music theory. He also specialises in injury prevention in guitar players and in pedagogical approaches to the teaching of jazz guitar and jazz theory and composition.
His research in jazz theory has been presented at the Jazz Education Network Conference and the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, and his books have trained hundreds of music students for almost two decades. Diego’s performing career includes concerts and recitals throughout Ecuador, Cuba, Miami, and Illinois, and he has also taught clinics and workshops in Colombia and Ecuador.