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 jazz in a bookstore as a teenager. Eventually he landed in 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 2016, Ian 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, teaches voice and singing workshops across the region, and is deeply committed to (messily) addressing whiteness, patriarchy and other systems that keep us all down.
He has led singing with organizations like the Deschutes Public Library, Sisters Folk Festival, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Bethlehem Inn, Dancing Rabbit Eco-Village, Legacy Healthcare, REALMS Middle School, and others.
*As a white-identified cis-gendered queer man with some class privilege, Ian recognizes he has lots of blind spots. Ian works with friends, leaders from the global majority (BIPOC folks) and allies to bring these into the light, to be as committed to truth and justice as possible. Ian also tithes to PCUN, the united farmworkers movement in Oregon.