“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

07/12/21 – 08/23/21

Curtis Mentor Network: Summer Session II



06/26/21 – 07/01/21

Cascade Conducting Live Masterclass

Copland: Appalachian Spring
Stravinsky: Histoire du soldat Suite
Vitali: Chaconne (played by Symphony Tacoma Concertmaster Svend Ronning)
Elfrida Andree: Andante Quasi Recitativo

6 world premiers by the Cascade Composers
Mieke Doezema: Godless Galisteo
Brian Morales: Threshold
Mark Pritchard: Flux
Randall Smith: Suite Humana
Elise Winkler: Beneath the Cherry Blossom Tree
Juan Morales: Uyuni Bolivia

Performed by Symphony Tacoma

Urban Grace Church and Pantages Theater

06/17/21 – 06/23/21

Cascade Conducting Online Masterclass

Online (Zoom)

Enrollment open until June 10th

7:30 pm PST

“Choosing Courage” Documentary

Interview with Sarah Ioannides & Katie Tuite
Production by: Timothy E. Little, producer and audio visual director
Recorded at Lakewood Gardens, Lakewood, WA

YouTube Premiere
Symphony Tacoma YouTube

7:30 pm PST

ENCORE Series: Saxophone Fusion

Milhaud: La creation du monde
Roberto Sierra: Caribbean Rhapsody
Piazzolla: Oblivion

Performed by Symphony Tacoma
Sarah Ioannides, Conductor & Music Director
James Carter, saxophone

YouTube Premiere
Encore video produced by Sarah Ioannides

7:30 pm PST

ENCORE Series: Revival of Tan Dun’s Water Passion

Performed by Symphony Tacoma
Sarah Ioannides, Conductor & Music Director
Symphony Tacoma Voices
Geoffrey Boers, director
Elizabeth Keusch, soprano
Gary Sorenson, bass
David Cossin, percussion
Svend Ronning, violin
Kevin Krentz, cello
Amy Boers, keyboard

This production includes excerpts from Symphony Tacoma’s March 30, 2016 performance augmented by interviews of some of the key players.

YouTube Premiere
Encore video produced by Sarah Ioannides


100 years of Astor Piazzolla

Orquesta Joven de Andalucía

Piazzolla: Oblivion
Constantini: Concierto para Bandoneon y orquesta (world premiere)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Dvorak: Sinfonia n.9 “Del Nuevo Mundo”

Claudio Constantini, bandoneón
Sarah Ioannides, conductor

Teatro Central
José Gálvez, 6
Isla de la Cartuja 41092
T. 955 542 155 – 600 155 546

19:30 pm

100 years of Piazzolla

Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonica

Palacio Euskalduna
Abandoibarra etorbidea,4 – 48011
Bilbao Spain

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