Ian Garvie

Ian Garvie

Director of Music

Ian Garvie is becoming known in the Boston area for his versatility as a conductor, pianist, and teacher. He has served as Music Director for the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, (Secret Garden, 2011) and Assistant Music Director for the First Church in Belmont, (2012-2015), Juventas New Music Ensemble, (2010-2011) and Vertical Players Repertory Theater, Brooklyn, NY. (2009-2010). He has performed as a pianist with Juventas New Music Ensemble, as well as appeared as a rehearsal pianist for numerous productions around the city. He also has maintained an active private piano studio, with students from age 8 to 65. Ian has appeared as a guest conductor for a number of ensembles, including the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and Vertical Players Repertory Theater, in Brooklyn.

Mr. Garvie has had extensive experience as a church musician over the years, starting out in high school as a substitute accompanist. Since then he served for three years as organist and Music Director for St. George Episcopal church in Lee, MA, and co-Music Director for St. James Episcopal in Great Barrington for a summer. He also spent years substituting in various churches in the Berkshires, becoming familiar with Catholic, Lutheran, Congregational, and other types of services.

Mr. Garvie earned his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Bard College Conservatory, where he studied with Harold Farberman, Leon Botstein, and James Bagwell. While there, he served as an assistant conductor and pianist for both college choirs, as well as the Bard Orchestra. His Bachelor’s Degree was earned at Vassar College, where he studied piano with Todd Crow and Blanca Uribe. Teachers with whom he has studied in a festival environment include Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Donald Portnoy, Paul Vermel, and Guillermo Figueroa.

The First Church in Belmont is delighted that Ian has taken the reins of the music program in July 2015 as the Director of Music.