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Khori Dastoor

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Khori DastoorAfter enjoying a vibrant operatic career as a lyric soprano on stages throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, California native Ms. Dastoor returned to the Bay Area in 2012 to pursue a life in artistic administration. A former Opera San José Principal Artist In Residence, she joined the artistic staff of Opera San José in 2013 as Artistic Advisor to the General Director under Irene Dalis, and currently serves as the Artistic Planning Director. As such, she collaborates with the Music Director and General Director on all casting decisions, oversees the daily functions of the artistic department, and is responsible for artistic development, budgeting, departmental communication strategies, and industry interface.

Ms. Dastoor also serves as the Program Officer at the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) responsible for initiatives encompassing arts, music, and archaeology. In this capacity she works closely with PHI’s President and various grantee organizations on a wide-range of collaborative projects involving performance, historical conservation, and digital musicology. She also serves as Grant Administrator for the foundation. Khori was recently named the Director of the San Francisco District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She oversees all aspects of SF MONC, including strategic planning, fundraising, administration, marketing, team staffing, volunteer oversight, judge selection, and institutional partnerships. She also serves as an Officer for the Met Council Western Region.

Ms. Dastoor received her Bachelor in Music from New England Conservatory and completed doctoral studies at UCLA.

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