"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.

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