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Ian Chan

Ian Chan

Biography

Ian Chan (he/they) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian composer, orchestrator, music director, and multi-oriented learner.

Most recently, Ian served as music assistant and rehearsal pianist on the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)’s production of WILD: A Musical Becoming, working under songwriters Justin Tranter, Caroline Pennell, Eren Cannata, and Daniel Crean. He has also worked on the A.R.T’s productions of Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure and Thumbelina: A Little Musical as orchestrator, arranger, and music director. They are currently a music assistant on Paramount+’s TV series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, and they will be music assisting A.R.T. and Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of 1776 in 2022.

As a musical theatre composer, Ian’s work has been performed across North America. His first full-length musical, Cruising Altitude, was premiered by the Office for the Arts at Harvard in 2019; since then, their work has been produced by the Musical Stage Company, Playdate Theatre, Bravo Academy, among other groups. In 2022, Ian’s new musicals The More You Know and Miss You ‘Til Tomorrow, written with collaborators Chloe E.W. Levine and Isabella Cesari, respectively, will premiere in Boston and Toronto. Ian also writes concert music, performed by groups like the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sneak Peek Orchestra.

When they’re not in the writing or rehearsal room, Ian consistently advocates for Asian and LGBTQ+ representation in arts and media; they intern at the Center for Asian American Media and for B17 Entertainment’s upcoming queer history docuseries. Ian is a junior at Harvard University, where they study linguistics and mathematics.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Education

Regions

  • Boston/New England
  • Canada

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Dance Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Sound Designer/Composer
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano

My Instruments

  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Violin
  • Voice

Software

  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • QLab

Pronouns

  • He/Him