“Ian Passmore is a rising young conductor,” one who “…doesn’t press forward with unneeded aggression.” “The music simply unfolds” (FanfareMagazine). Currently the assistant conductor for the Omaha Symphony, Ian leads their programs in the areas of education, youth, and community engagement. Prior to his appointment in Omaha, Ian served as associate instructor of orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he led the IU All-Campus and Conductor’s Orchestras, taught all levels of conducting, and organized the day-to-day activities of the Orchestral Conducting department.
Having begun his own conducting studies at the age of ten, Ian is a passionate advocate for music education and conducting pedagogy, and he has worked with student instrumental and vocal ensembles, as well as conductors, throughout many parts of the world. Most recently, Ian was invited as a guest conductor and visiting professor at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. While there, he led daily masterclasses and orchestra rehearsals, culminating in a performance with the Hanoi Philharmonic. Ian was also the 2015-16 Schmidt Conducting Fellow with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, for whom he provided service as a cover conductor and worked with their annual high school Side-By-Side program.
Ian studied conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (DM), University of Delaware (MM), University of North Carolina (post-Bachelor’s), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BA). His principal conducting mentors were David Effron, Arthur Fagen, James Allen Anderson, Tonu Kalam, and the late Robert Gutter. Ian is an active member of the League of American Orchestras, Conductors Guild, and the honors music society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Ian enjoys spending his free time traveling and biking with his fiancée and fellow conductor, Dianna Fiore. They are the proud owners of two miniature long-haired dachshunds: Beethoven and Charlie. For more information about Ian and Dianna, please refer to their respective websites: MaestroPassmore.com and DiannaFiore.com.
Ian is represented by William Reinert Associates of Millerton, NY.