Director of Choral and Vocal Studies
Las Positas College – Livermore, CA
Ian Brekke is a vocalist, educator, arranger, and vocal percussionist. A Minnesota native, he grew up in the Lutheran choral tradition that has blossomed into a career involving all varieties of vocal music. He has sung with a number of classical and jazz ensembles throughout the United States in addition to a budding career as a studio singer.
Ian has previously earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance from Sacramento State University, and an Associate’s Degree in Music from The School for Music Vocations in Creston, IA. Throughout his collegiate career Ian has received multiple Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards in both vocal and arranging categories. He has performed at many nationally recognized events including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the American Choral Directors Association National and Regional Conferences, and the Reno Jazz Festival.
Ian is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, where he simultaneously heads both the choral and vocal jazz programs. His current collaborative ensemble “The Bluesettes Quintet” was declared the 2015 winner of the Los Angeles Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, going on to place 3rd in the national competition. He additionally works as a commissioned and published arranger, guest clinician, assistant and guest choral conductor, liturgical chorus section leader, and private voice and piano instructor.