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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.

Ian is the music assistant on the Broadway revival of 1776, having recently served in the same role on its leg at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Before that, he was the music assistant and rehearsal pianist on the A.R.T.’s production of WILD: A Musical Becoming, and worked there on Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure and Thumbelina: A Little Musical as orchestrator, arranger, and music director. They are also currently a music assistant on Paramount+’s TV series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. 

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 interned at the Center for Asian American Media and was a researcher on Discovery+’s Book of Queer. Ian is a rising senior at Harvard University, where they study linguistics and mathematics.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Regional
  • Education
  • TV/Film

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Boston/New England

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

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