As Sarah Ioannides reflected recently on her first 10 years as music director and conductor of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, she spoke in terms sure to bring joy to her many admirers in the community. “We’re still cultivating our orchestra. There’s still future growth,” she said. “I have visions and dreams for the orchestra that we haven’t achieved yet.”
In other words, Ioannides intends to continue building on the successes she has had with the orchestra over the past decade. She and her family have made Spartanburg a major part of their lives, and she aims on keeping it that way.
But their lives are anything but ordinary. In a sense, they’re nomads, traveling from one place to another on a frequent basis, albeit, in their case, doing so with an absolute purpose. In addition to Spartanburg, Ioannides and her family have residences in Connecticut, where her husband, professional jazz trombonist Scott Hartman, teaches music at Yale University, and in Tacoma, Wash., where Ioannides began serving as music director and conductor of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra last year.