Ian Saunders, double bass
Dr. Ian Saunders enjoys an exciting career as a sought-after bassist whose performed with major ensembles that include: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Sphinx Symphony and more. He has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh, PA), and New York's Carnegie Hall, as well as abroad in Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
Outside of the classical world, he has been invited to participate in orchestras backing Bootsy Collins, Kansas, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom. He can also be seen in the nationally televised special Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming, with the Irish supergroup Cherish the Ladies, which was nationally syndicated on PBS in 2013.
As an educator, Dr. Saunders served as the Interim Double Bass Professor at Penn State, Associate Dean of Students at The Eastern Music Festival, and Assistant Dean for Artistic and Social Change at The Longy School of Music of Bard College.