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Amir Shirazi grew up in Portland, OR - where he currently resides. He received his B.A. in Music at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA in 2009 with departmental honors after completing his a cappella mass for his composition thesis. He has a background in both theatre and music, and he strives to bridge the gap between traditional storytelling and how music can interact with it in new and exciting ways.
Amir is particularly invested in highlighting and exploring the raw and emotive power of the human voice - the only instrument that is not man-made.
He has a varied range of interests and passions including but not limited to: choral composition, producing theatre, music directing in a variety of contexts, and playwriting (specifically for musical theatre).
He is currently a singing member, arranger, and production assistant for the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. Amir also directs, sings with, and arranges for Without Apology: an all-male a cappella group. He also volunteers with the Portland Gay Straight Alliance Youth Chorus, a premier choral and social organization, and he remains active in the Portland theatre community.
While at Jesuit High School, Amir was invited to attend a private Choral Leadership Workshop series and sang in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Men's Ensemble. He also served as Vice President of the Drama Club, performed in numerous plays and musicals, and was also selected to direct two shows for the annual Student Directed One-Acts.
Jesuit High School '05
Concentrating in theory and composition, Amir graduated with a B.A. in Music with departmental honors, earning a 3.831 music GPA. While at Boston College, Amir performed with the Boston Collegium (early music), the BC Dynamics (a contemporary a cappella group, which he also led as Music Director), and the Boston College University Chorale (under the direction of John Finney). Amir was recognized with an award for "Outstanding Arrangement in the Northeast" at an NCHSA competition.
Boston College '09
Disciplines: Music, Economics