The Music Center
The Music Center

battle creek boychoir and girls chorus

Ian Baby
director ian Bäby

Ian Bäby (pronounced “Bobby”) has been teaching music at Marshall Public Schools since 1999. In his time at Marshall, he has taught various grade levels and ensembles and is currently the Director of Marshall Middle School Choirs. In his current position with the Marshall Public Schools, Ian grew his choirs from 8 students to a class average of 40 students, 30% of whom are boys.  Ian holds a double Bachelors in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Masters of Music Education from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in the female changing voice. Ian sings with the Battle Creek Community Chorus and the Michigan Educator’s Male Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble, and is the founding director of the Marshall Summer Community Chorus with the Music Center’s Community Music School.

Ian has come highly recommended by respected educators and members of our community.  He received high ratings from the Boychoir and Girls Chorus parents who were able to meet with him at his audition.  He brings passion, energy and a commitment to musical excellence to the position, and I am confident that he will be a wonderful addition to our musical family.  Ian lives in Battle Creek with his wife, Sara, and when not making music, he enjoys re-creating the arts and skills of medieval Europe.

"This is an exciting time for everyone!  For me, it is a chance to work with ensembles with a great history of music.  I am looking forward to continuing a great musical tradition as we work together this year." - Ian Bäby

Ian Baby
assistant director justin budzynski

Justin Budzynski is the new Assistant Director of the Battle Creek Boychoir and Girls Chorus and teaches voice and guitar lessons at the Music Center of South Central Michigan.  Additionally, he serves as the Treble Chorister Assistant, as well as a Choral Scholar at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.  Mr. Budzynski holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Choral Music Education from Western Michigan University and has previously he held positions with the YMCA of Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.  In his spare time, he enjoys disc golfing, swimming, and other outdoor activites. Justin will be leading the new Ragazzi ensemble as well as assisting with Boychoir and Girls Chorus ensembles.