A “captivating mix of busy and sparse” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Ian Wiese is a multi-faceted composer based out of Quincy, MA and Associate Professor of Ear Training at Berklee College of Music. Performers including loadbang, Imani Winds, Box Not Found, Kalliope Reed Quintet, and New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble have played his music. Recently, Wiese was awarded prizes in the 2023 American Prize for Composition in Wind Ensemble, 2022 NEC Honors Ensemble Competition in both the Piano Trio and Trombone Quartet divisions, the 2021 American Prize for Chamber Music, the 2021 NEC Merz Trio Competition, Nightingale Ensemble Young Composers Commissioning Program, the 2020 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention Call for Scores, the 2021 and 2019 Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Competition, the Ball State University Xenharmonic Music Alliance Call for Scores, and the Ithaca College Jack Downey Vocal Composition Prize, among others; he was also a finalist for the 2021 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the International Trumpet Guild Call for Scores. Some of his music has been heard in unusual venues, including EPCOT Center at The Walt Disney World Resort. Radnofsky-Couper Editions and North Star Music Publishing publish his music. He studies at NEC for his DMA in Composition with composer John Heiss.
"As an educator, I try to assign repertoire to students which will engage them artistically and personally. In order to do so, the first point of contact is with the text of songs. Too often younger students struggle to see "themselves" or to find commonality with songs with traditional texts which are widely available and encouraged for festival use."— Dr. Alta Boover, Oakland University
“…such an inviting experience with a forward, your introduction, and the way you’ve organized all of the information. A composer and lyricist couldn’t want for more…A great diversity of composers and styles just in this one volume, and great poetry and lyrics.”— Chester Biscardi, Baritone, Vol. 1