Symphony Tacoma Releases Original Works by Pacific Northwest Composers

Symphony Tacoma Releases Original Works by Pacific Northwest Composers

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Symphony Tacoma Releases Original Works by Pacific Northwest Composers on YouTube July 17

Made possible through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Symphony Tacoma Music Director and Cascade Conducting Artistic Director Sarah Ioannides championed a new, innovative program enabling six composers to have their works performed and recorded by Symphony Tacoma musicians. Select recordings will premiere on the Symphony Tacoma YouTube channel on Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 pm PST.

The project arose through a new collaboration with Cascade Conducting, which completed its fourth year this June, enabling both conductors and composers to work together to create new pieces of music. The 2021 class of 18 conductors worked alongside the composers under the mentorship of Symphony Tacoma’s new composer-in-residence program which is led by the new Dean of Music at the Juilliard School, David Serkin Ludwig.

“The results were spectacular on both sides of the program!” said Ioannides

The participating composers included Mieke Doezema, Brian Morales, Jorge Morales, Mark Pritchard, Randall Smith and Elise Winkler. Over the week of June 26, the students worked diligently alongside Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma musicians to bring their compositions to life in a digital performance. Selections from this performance have been compiled into a program that will premiere on the Symphony Tacoma YouTube channel on July 17 with members of the 2021 class of conductors on the podium.

Curtis Mentor Network Summer 2021 Sessions

Curtis Mentor Network Summer 2021 Sessions

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Curtis Mentor Network Summer 2021 Sessions

6-Week Training Program

Session I: Monday, May 24 to Monday, July 5

Session II: Monday, July 12 to Monday, August 23

Challenge yourself to grow in an online, intensive conservatory environment. The Curtis Mentor Network develops overall musicianship and prepares students for auditions, competitions, and performances. Students receive one-on-one lessons and attend studio classes led by Curtis mentors. The online program welcomes dedicated, classical musicians ages 14–28.

The online program is currently available to students in cello, clarinet, composition, conducting, flute, oboe, piano, viola, violin, and voice. Program fees total $1,000 USD and include:

  • six 45-minute lessons via Zoom (optimized for audio quality)
  • three one-hour studio classes
  • three one-hour professional development seminars
  • a Certificate of Completion signed by mentor and Curtis Mentor Network artistic director
  • limited financial assistance is available
Symphony Tacoma Online Programs for May and June 2021

Symphony Tacoma Online Programs for May and June 2021

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Upcoming Virtual Events with Symphony Tacoma in June 2021

This special interview of Music Director Sarah Ioannides is conducted by Choosing Courage podcast creator and motivational life coach Katie Tuite. Ioannides discusses how her musical passion drove her pursuit for the performing arts, education, music and family and helped her navigate professional and personal challenges.
Take a look into the annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass with Maestra Sarah Ioannides, Cascade Conducting Director Teo Benson and composer David Ludwig, new dean and director of music for the Juilliard School. Students of the festival will share their experiences as well.
Tribute to Piazzolla with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Claudio Constantini

Tribute to Piazzolla with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Claudio Constantini

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A Tribute to Piazzolla with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and Claudio Constantini

In April, Sarah Ioannides gave her debut at the BOS Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao with four concerts with bandoneonist Claudio Constantini and the orchestra in a program that was a tribute to the music of the Americas and in honor of Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday. 


A. Copland, Appalachian Spring, Suite (Orq. 1945)
A. Piazzolla, Aconcagua, Bandoneon Concert, String Orchestra and Percussion
H. Villa-Lobos, Sinfonietta No. 1 in Si B flat Mayor ′′ A Memory of Mozart “

Symphony Tacoma to Receive a $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

January 2020

Symphony Tacoma has been approved for a $10,000 Art Works grant to support its Composer in the Community program.

The funding from this grant will allow Symphony Tacoma to bring award-winning composer David Ludwig to Tacoma for the program’s inaugural residency. Three of Ludwig’s works—including a world premiere—will be performed during the 2019-2020 season. In addition, Ludwig will engage the community by leading masterclasses, lectures and more, culminating in an open-to-the-public reading session in June where young composers will have their work performed by a professional orchestra. “We are immensely grateful to the NEA for their support and recognition of this new program with Symphony Tacoma,” says Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “The opportunity to bring renowned composer David Ludwig to work with aspiring musicians, composers and conductors in our region will undoubtedly inspire musicians, students and our symphony patrons in many ways. We are also honored to perform the world premiere of David’s composition, The Bleeding Pines that spotlights the importance of protecting our environment, as well as his revered Violin Concerto and Fanfare for Sam.”

“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like Symphony Tacoma.”

Symphony Tacoma will begin its 73rd season on Oct.19th at the Pantages Theater

Article: South Sound Magazine. By Kaitlin Armstrong. Oct 2, 2019

Symphony Tacoma will begin its 73rd season on Oct.19th at the Pantages Theater with an original production of Romeo and Juliet. In a performance that blends symphony and theater, the program will pair Prokofiev’s iconic ballet score with selections from the classic Shakespeare play. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has long been an audience favorite, both as a ballet and a symphonic production. Now, director Sarah Ioannides has reimagined the original Prokofiev score, bringing new life to an age-old story. The production will feature students from Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) in the roles of Romeo and Juliet. This year marks Ioannides’s sixth season with Symphony Tacoma. During her tenure with the symphony, Ioannides, who has received accolades from The New York Times and graced numerous top conductor lists, has established a reputation as a formidable creative director. In previous seasons, Ioannides has also forged collaborations with groups such as the Hilltop Artists, Lincoln High School, and the Tacoma Youth Symphony.