In demand as a conductor, soloist, and ensemble member, Ian Bannerman gets his hands in a wide variety of vocal music. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of British Columbia studying under Roelof Oostwoud and J. Patrick Raftery, and holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta where he studied with Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. Ian is also honoured to have studied privately with Kathleen Allan, John Tessier, Jon Washburn, and more.
Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, Ian performed for nearly a decade with the Amabile Choirs of London, and earned Assistant Conductor positions with the Conspirato Chamber Singers and the Ontario Education Leadership Centre Mass Choir. While living in Vancouver and Edmonton, Ian has performed with esteemed Canadian ensembles such as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, musica intima, Early Music Vancouver, Voicescapes, Luminous Voices, Early Music Alberta, and more. Recent soloist engagements include Bernstein’s Mass with A Joyful Noise Choir, a concert of German Baroque Cantatas with Early Music Alberta, Handel’s Messiah with the BALM Society, and a Lecture-Recital with period instruments on performance practice of Bach’s St. John Passion. Passionate about collaborative and self-directed musicianship, Ian has formed and performed in numerous small conductorless and conducted ensembles.
Ian also holds the title of Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Chamber Choir in Vancouver.