Ian Evans Guthrie, an emerging accompanist, composer, performer, researcher, and collaborator, has received 1st prize for the Mile High Freedom Band, Noosa-ISAM, and Arcady Composition competitions, 2nd prize for the American Prize, a nomination for a 2020 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and other accolades for his compositions. Many of his works have been performed publicly around the world by fEARnoMUSIC, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Moore Philharmonic Orchestra, VIPA, highSCORE Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, and others. He has served on various committees, including the Society of Composers, Inc., where he served as the Region VI Student Representative from 2015 to 2017 before serving as Assistant Marketer (2018-20) and Marketer (since February 2020). His most recent works at the time of writing include Voices of the Earth for band, Shuksan Storm for orchestra, tracks for the permanent collection and a special exhibition at the Venvi Art Gallery, and the score for the story ballet The Queen of Nori. As a pianist, Guthrie has won awards from MTNA, the Great Composer Competition, and other organizations.

Guthrie maintains an active solo and collaborative pianist, frequently performing his own works and those of other contemporary composers, including Dmitri Tymoczko. He is also an improviser, often combining hits in various genres with his compositional intuition, particularly with dancers and casual audiences. He began accompanying choirs and soloists at nine, and two years later made his first appearance on the Vancouver Seafarer’s Concert. Most recently, he is an accompanist for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Staley High School. He has won and 2nd prize in the Great Composers Competition: Music of America and many other top prizes from GCC competitions. He has also won the 2013-14 Oregon MTNA young artist’s competition, the 2014 Brookings-Harbor Friends of Music scholarship, and 1st prize in the college-level OMTA scholarship competition in 2012. In September 2008, he and Mary Stone performed Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with Portland’s Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

He also actively researches the music business historically and currently, as well as the relationship between harmony and rhythmic cells. He has also presented papers on The Business With Composers at many SCI conferences, and the article is published in the SCI Newsletter. He has presented his paper Rhythm as Function: Labeling the other progression across the United States and Canada.

Guthrie received his Doctor of Music as a Graduate Teaching Assistant from Florida State University, where he studied composition with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Stephen Montague, Clifton Callender, Mark Wingate, and Ladislav Kubik, and piano with Heidi Louise Williams. He received his Master of Music in Composition/Theory as a Graduate Assistant at Texas Christian University, where he studied composition with Till MacIvor Meyn, Martin Blessinger, and Blaise Ferrandino, and piano with John Owings and Gloria Lin. He received his Bachelor of Music at Marylhurst University, where he studied composition with John F. Paul and piano with Renato Fabbro. In addition to his roles at Interlochen and Staley High School, he has taught at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, and accompanied dance for Florida State University. For more information about Ian Guthrie and his music, please visit