With adventurous musicality and an infectious stage presence, Ian Passmore leads a rich career as an orchestra conductor and pedagogue. Hailed as “a rising young conductor” by Fanfare Magazine, his unapologetically Romantic renderings of the standard repertoire harken back to a bygone generation of conductors.
Following two seasons as the Omaha Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, the orchestra named Ian their Associate Conductor in 2019—a position never before created in its 100-year history. He made his Masterworks debut with them in February 2020, with a program featuring the works of Bernstein, Bruch, and Brahms. Ian has also appeared with the orchestras of Kansas City, Buffalo, North Carolina, Charlotte (NC), Jacksonville, Lincoln, Greensboro, and Hanoi (Vietnam). While in Vietnam, Ian led masterclasse
s for conservatory musicians and conducted a performance with the Hanoi Philharmonic. This program included the premiere of Vinh Cat’s “An everlasting moment at the change of the millennium” in tandem with performances of Ives and Dvorak. In the 2015-16 season, Ian was honored as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, for whom he served as a cover conductor and worked with their annual high school “Side-By-Side” program.
Having begun his own conducting studies at a very early age, Ian’s career prioritizes conducting pedagogy and music education. In that vein, his educational contributions include frequent appearances as guest conductor and adjudicator for student ensembles, as well as numerous live and virtual speaking engagements. Ian was also a presenter for the 2019 Nebraska Music Educators Association annual conference—leading a masterclass on rehearsal and conducting techniques—the 2021 South Dakota Bandmasters Association’s virtual conference, and the 2021 International Conductors Guild virtual conference. Prior to his appointment in Omaha, Ian served as Associate Instructor of Orchestral Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he taught conducting and led the IU All-Campus Orchestra. His private conducting students have been accepted to conservatories and summer music programs such as Indiana University, the Conservatoire de musique de Lyon, and the Aspen Music Festival & School.
Ian holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Delaware, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with additional studies at UNC Chapel Hill. In 2022, Ian was nominated for an Outstanding Alumni from the University of Delaware. He is grateful to his principal conducting mentors, who include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, James Allen Anderson, Tonu Kalam, and the late Robert Gutter. Ian is a member of the League of American Orchestras, the International Conductors Guild Board of Directors, and the honors music society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Ian is based in North Carolina with his wife Dianna Fiore and their dogs Beethoven, Charlie, and Belle. When not on the podium, Ian enjoys cooking, traveling, road biking, and CrossFit. He is also the author of the popular blog, “Music that doesn’t suck,” which seeks to tear down the walls of formality that often surround classical music. Learn more at ianconducts.com.
Concert: Sunday November 20, 3:00 PM
First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge TN
Family Meeting: A Musical Time Machine
Ian's invitation to this concert:
We are so excited to share this family-friendly program with the Oak Ridge community! In just over an hour’s worth of music, you’ll experience every section — also referred to as “families” — of the Oak Ridge Symphony, including the chorus. I am also thrilled to introduce my wonderful friend and absolute rockstar pianist Clare Longendyke to our audience!
The program is a musical “time machine,” exploring works by composers ranging from the late 1500s all the way through the present. Along the way, we’ll discuss what each “family" brings to the concert experience and WHY each piece sounds the way it does. The program ends with one of the most thrilling "barn-burners" in the entire orchestral repertoire — Haydn’s 88th Symphony. The performance is Sunday, Nov. 20 and we can’t wait to see you there. Remember: audience members under 18 get in free….
Lloyd Pfautsch: Musicks Empire
featuring the Oak Ridge Chorus; Brenda Luggie, Director
Giovanni Gabrieli: Sonata pian'e forte
featuring the Oak Ridge Symphony Brass
Max Reger: Serenade for Winds in B-flat
featuring the Oak Ridge Symphony Winds
Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E minor
featuring the Oak Ridge Symphony Strings
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Peanuts Gallery Suite for Piano and Orchestra
featuring pianist Clare Longendyke
Watch Clare talk about her concerto!
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 88
We are so excited for you to hear our concert, “Family Meeting!” : A Musical Time Machine, that we don’t want you to wait! Here is a Spotify playlist, so you can start experiencing these pieces right NOW:
Of course, nothing can compare to the real thing, so make sure you’re there on Sunday, Nov. 20 for this family-friendly program. Get ready to have a great time learning about the different groups (AKA, “families”) that make up the Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus, as well as WHY this music sounds the way it does!
Program is subject to change
And you'll want to attend Ian's FREE community presentation on Wednesday November 16, 12:00 noon, at the Oak Ridge Public Library!
From Mozart to Mahler: A Symphonic Crash Course