News: Symphony Tacoma Announces Contract Extension of Music Director Sarah Ioannides

Sarah Ioannides | Symphony Tacoma Music Director | Female Conductor and Composer

Symphony Tacoma has officially announced the extension of Music Director Sarah Ioannides’ contract through the 2028-2029 Season, marking a significant continuation of her transformative influence on the orchestra since 2014. Recognized for her dynamic and authoritative conducting style, Ioannides has played a pivotal role in redefining the orchestra’s artistic direction, focusing on innovative programming that includes works by lesser-known and living composers, and introducing new interpretations of familiar symphonic music.

Under Ioannides’ leadership, Symphony Tacoma has embarked on a journey of artistic rejuvenation, blending traditional symphonic works with contemporary pieces to reflect the diverse community it serves. Rick Meeder, Symphony Tacoma Board President, highlighted Ioannides’ ability to stretch both the orchestra and its audience with her creative programming and dynamic performances. The orchestra’s evolution under Ioannides has not only elevated its performance standards but has also garnered national recognition, receiving numerous awards for artistic excellence and creativity from prestigious organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras.

Ioannides’ influence extends beyond the local community, with a distinguished international career that has seen her conduct orchestras across seven continents. Her experiences bring a global perspective to Symphony Tacoma, enriching its artistic vision and connecting it to broader musical dialogues. Looking forward, Ioannides expressed excitement about leading the orchestra through its next phase of development, promising more memorable moments and musical highlights in the seasons to come. Her continued leadership signifies a promising future for Symphony Tacoma, as it strives to build community through music and foster a deeper appreciation for symphonic works among diverse audiences.

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