As an orchestral musician, Ironside is a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and also performs with the Phoenix Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony. He has served as concertmaster of the Arizona State University Orchestra, the ASU Chamber Orchestra, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has served as principal violin in the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, the McGill Opera Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival’s Concert Orchestra, and the Aspen Opera Theatre Company.
An enthusiastic educator, Ironside has extensive experience as a teacher and coach. Since 2012 he has been aTeaching Assistant at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. From 2010-2012 he acted as a regular chamber music and orchestral coach in the Gilbert Public Schools. He was also instrumental in the development of the Suzuki violin program at Biltmore Preparatory Academy. His substantial private teaching has also had a focus on children with special needs including autism.
Ironside holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Arizona State University where he received the Special Talent Award. He received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studies with Marjorie Bagley. Previous mentors of his include Dr. Katie McLin, Denise Lupien, Mark Fewer, and Jonathan Crow.