Chaz Celaya, M.M.

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Commercial Music

Chaz Celaya came to PLNU in 2018 to direct the new Commercial Music program and teach courses in music production, music industry, and pop music history. Since signing his first production agreement at age sixteen, Chaz has worked in a wide variety of roles in music production, industry, and education. His vast experience working in bands, recording studios, radio, live audio, event production, and touring has allowed him numerous opportunities to both perform and teach music around the world. His experience with the business side of music led him to law school where he is focusing on entertainment law and intellectual property rights. His passion is in guiding and educating artists and creators as they navigate a career path that is often bewildering. When not in a studio or classroom, Chaz enjoys exploring the beaches, concert venues, and sporting events of San Diego with his wife and three children.


J.D., Doctor of Law, California Western School of Law (Candidate, 2022)

M.M., Music Business and Entertainment Industries, University of Miami

B.B.S., Theology, Calvary Chapel Bible College

B.S., Business Administration and Music, University of Redlands

Professional and Community Involvement

Broadcast Music, Inc. 

Music Business Association

Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association

American Bar Association, Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law

San Diego County Bar Association