"Ioannides stretched boundaries with an extraordinary program that spanned the worlds of classical and jazz."

– Cincinnati Enquirer


Sarah Ioannides has gained recognition as one of the most inspiring and creative conductors of her generation. Her passionate conducting, innovative programming, and work with large-scale collaborative projects has been widely documented. Now in her sixth season as Music Director for Symphony Tacoma, she is also the founding Artistic Director of Cascade Conducting and Composing, an international masterclass. A zealous advocate of new music and multimedia artistic collaborations, Sarah has conducted over fifty premieres and initiated the commissioning of numerous works and multimedia orchestral presentations. Her guest engagements span six continents and include the Tonkünstler, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Cincinnati Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Bilbao Symphony.

A powerful and inspiring voice, Sarah is frequently called upon as a speaker on a variety of subjects as an arts advocate, artist and musician, Music Director and curator. Often the first women conductor appearing at the helm of the orchestra, Sarah was the first woman appointed to her Music Director positions. She is committed to helping the industry change gender and diversity on the podium by training, coaching and fostering new leadership develop of both women and minority conductors and composers to foster future equality and equity in the arts.

Event Highlights


Celebration Concert Jeju Island, S Korea
Soloist, Dongmin Kim; Soloist, Peter Steiner; Eup Duet, Steven Mead & Misa Mead; JIWEF Union Wind Orchestra & Chorus

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Arutiunian (transc. Guy M. Duker): Concerto for Trumpet & Symphonic Band
Grant Kirkhope (Arr. Jock McKenzie): KirkFeld
Mike Sheppard – Arirang Celebration
Eak-Tai Ahn – Korean Fantasy

Jeju Beach Concert Hall


Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Riots and Prayers
– VSO co-commission, world premiere
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Burlington, VT


Indiana Concert Orchestra – Jacob School of Music

David Ludwig: Fanfare for SAM
Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Bloomington, IN


Symphony Tacoma

Blake Pouliot, violin
Tanaka: Rose Absolute
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Tacoma, WA


Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Women in Music Speaker Series Guest

Dallas, TX


Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2
Montgomery: Strum
Walker: Lyric for Strings

Roanoke, VA


Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2
Montgomery: Strum
Walker: Lyric for Strings

Roanoke, VA


Symphony Tacoma

Zuill Bailey, cello
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Berlioz: Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet
Montgomery: Caught by the Wind

Tacoma, WA


Sarasota Orchestra 

Farrenc: Overture No.1
Liszt: Shepherd’s Song at the Manger
Bizet: Symphony in C

Sarasota, FL 

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