Press Release: Omaha Symphony names Ian Passmore Associate Conductor
Passmore is currently the Omaha Symphony assistant conductor
OMAHA, Neb., April 16, 2019- The Omaha Symphony has named Ian Passmore as the orchestra’s associate conductor beginning in the 2019/20 season. Passmore is currently the Omaha Symphony assistant conductor, joining the orchestra in the fall of 2017.
“Ian Passmore is extraordinarily talented on and off the podium, and he has excelled as a member of our conducting staff. We value his great energy, artistry and intellect, as well as his devotion to the orchestra’s mission of education and community engagement. This well-earned promotion sets the stage for Ian’s continued success and creativity in a very important role within the Omaha Symphony,” said Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Music Director.
As the associate conductor of the Omaha Symphony, Passmore is responsible for leading concerts in the areas of education and community engagement. These concerts include education programs such as Concerts for Youth, Link Up, Celebrate Creativity, and Mission Imagination, as well as the Symphony’s All Aboard Tour and community engagement initiatives. Passmore also works with Omaha Symphony staff to develop the scripts, musical selections, and curriculum goals on these programs.
In addition, Passmore has developed numerous programs in both the entertainment and education spheres. These include the Family Series concerts Is There a Doctor in the House? and a symphonic rock show with local rock band Pet Rock, both of which will debut in the 2019/20 season. He will also spearhead the creation of new concerts for Mission Imagination, Celebrate Creativity, and other education and community programs.
Behind the scenes, Passmore will continue to serve as a cover conductor, providing critical feedback during the rehearsal process and preparing to step in at a moment’s notice should any of the symphony’s conductors, including Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson, or any guest conductor, be unable to perform.
“I am delighted to further my relationship with the Omaha Symphony as their new associate conductor,” Passmore said. “I have felt a special camaraderie with these musicians since I first stepped onto the Holland podium in October 2017, and it means a great deal to me that they and Thomas Wilkins have invited me to stay on their team in this new capacity. I believe we share a common love for great art, disciplined and yet spontaneous music-making, and the fact that those things can have an immeasurably positive impact on those around us.”
Prior to his appointment in Omaha, Passmore served as associate instructor of orchestral conducting at the Indiana University School of Music, where he also served as music director of the IU All-Campus Orchestra and taught all levels of conducting. Having begun his own conducting studies at the age of 10, Passmore is a passionate advocate for music education and conducing pedagogy. In 2016, he was invited to spend several weeks as guest conductor and visiting professor at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, leading masterclasses, orchestra rehearsals, and a culminating performance with the Hanoi Philharmonic. He was also the 2015-16 Schmidt Conducting Fellow with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Passmore recently earned his doctor of music degree in orchestral conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and holds a master’s of music in orchestral conducting from the University of Delaware, and a bachelor of arts in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community programs touch the lives of more than 31,000 schoolchildren each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402.345.0606 or visit omahasymphony.org.
Omaha Symphony Public Relations Manager