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SPO Conductor Sarah Ioannides resigning at the end of 2016-17 season

Sarah_conducting-armraisedSarah Ioannides, who has served as music director and conductor of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, is stepping down from her post at the end of the 2016-17 season.


In a resignation letter addressed to the orchestra, Ioannides wrote that the decision is “purely a personal one and is by no means a result of an event or internal conflict.”


At the time she concludes her tenure, Ioannides will have been at the helm of the SPO for 12 seasons. Since her arrival, she has led the orchestra through a period of significant artistic growth and increased community engagement.


“Spartanburg has been such an important part of my life — not only for me but also my family,” Ioannides said by phone Thursday afternoon. “All of the friendships I’ve made in Spartanburg that have really enriched my time with the orchestra won’t ever go away.

“The imprint of those relationships will last forever, and I look forward to remaining supportive beyond my tenure and available to provide whatever support I can for the organization. The future of the orchestra is so important to me.”


“Sarah’s a real talent who has a lot of room left to grow, and she’s got a lot of drive and ambition, and that’s kind of the reason she’s moving on,” SPO board president Ray Dunleavy said. “She’s leaving us in excellent shape. The challenge for us is to be able to find that next rising star who wants to come to a community like Spartanburg and move us to the next level.”


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5 finalists tapped for Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s top post

Sarah Ioannides - CCOOne of five conductors could be the fifth music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.


The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has selected five finalists to audition to be the next leader of the 32-member ensemble. They are: Donato Cabrera, Sarah Ioannides, Kelly Kuo, Daniel Meyer, and Eckart Preu.


The finalists were winnowed from a field of 200 applicants from three continents during a six-month review, said search committee chair and board vice president Wes Needham.


Each candidate will conduct an audition concert, and the audience will be invited to provide feedback on his or her performance. The first candidate will be the orchestra’s interim music director, Kuo, who will audition on Sept. 3 as part of this season’s Summermusik festival. The other four candidates will each have an audition concert during Summermusik 2016.


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