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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra fundraiser – a tribute to longtime music director

serenade for sarahIoannides said she is honored that the organization would set aside an evening in recognition of her 10 years as its music director.

“I think the orchestra has grown immensely, our audience has grown and our position in the community has grown.”

“The phrase in England is ‘tickled pink.’ I’m really excited,” said Ioannides, who grew up in the United Kingdom. “Of course, it’s really in recognition of the orchestra. This is 10 years of our work together, and it’s been a very special journey.

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“Fashion Statements”- Sarah Ioannides featured in Symphony Magazine

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For Sarah Ioannides, music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic in South Carolina and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in Washington, practical considerations come first. “I am a busy person. I am a mother of three children, and I have two orchestras. I have limited time to shop, to decide what to wear, to get my clothes pressed, picked up from venue to venue.

Ioannides also says she enjoys when the musicians change up their attire. “I like it when the orchestra has a sense of style as well. A few times I have experimented with the orchestra’s clothing, and it really seemed to change the atmosphere in the audience.


It’s an interesting topic. First of all, you’ve got an orchestra dressed in essentially late-18th- or early-19th-century costume. On the other hand, that’s a male costume: tailcoats. It’s not a woman’s costume, and you have a lot of women in orchestras. So that opens up a multitude of possibilities.”

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