Ian Garvie is active throughout the Boston area as a conductor, pianist, and teacher. Most recently he directed Wholetone Opera’s production of La Zombiata, a modern farcical opera that played at the Somerville Theater. He has also appeared with the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Vertical Players Repertory Theater, in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed as a pianist with Lorelei Ensemble, TCAN Players, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. He also has maintained an active private piano studio, with students from age 8 to 65. 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. He started at the First Church in Belmont as the Assistant Music Director under Alfa Radford for three years, and accepted the position of Director of Music in 2015.
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.