How'd I end up on this path?
Ian's mission is to reinvigorate our culture with community singing.
In his vision, the act of singing together will feed our collective hunger for a more beautiful world, giving birth to practical systems of resilience and renewal.
Ian has been searching for community-based forms of music since he first started playing gypsy jazz in a bookstore as a teenager. Eventually he landed in Batak land, North Sumatra, Indonesia, where singing is part of daily life. Ian's journey of healing his own voice led him into the heart of a cultural revival of aural tradition singing in North American.
Since then, in 2016, he founded Open Hub Singing, a drop-in non-audition community choir that now brings singing all across Central Oregon. Ian views songleading as a unique musical craft that combines his skills as a facilitator, listener, singer, composer, poet, percussionist and conductor.
After earning a BA in Humanities for Leadership, Ian graduated from Barbara McAfee's Full Voice Coaching program and Lisa Littlebird's Songleader Flight School.
Today Ian composes original 'aural' tradition music, brings voice and singing workshops across the region, co-leads grief ceremonies locally, and is deeply committed to (messily) addressing whiteness, patriarchy and other systems that keep us all down.