New Perspectives

18 Months at a Glance...

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

I am writing (rather belatedly) to share with you some exciting projects and changes since you last received a news update well over a season ago . More has happened than I can share in one newsletter, and you see I have a hard time keeping up with news updates as a result, but I hope to be sending a second installment soon after this.

Now mostly based in the Pacific Northwest, as I deepen my role as Music Director with Symphony Tacoma, we continue our rich and colorful life from new perspectives. The synergy of music, performance, and art continues to be transformational and enriching.

Here are a few of the musical highlights:

  • Symphony Tacoma announced contract extension of Music Director Sarah Ioannides.
  • 7 World Premiers, 4 multimedia presentations, 2 new art films, 6 living composers collaborations.
  • Concerts engage 14+ collaborating organizations developing deep community partnerships.
  • Attended the first World Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, invited as a panelist for Carnegie Hall's Link Up Program in New York, honored to judge for King FM's Young Artists Awards in Seattle.
  • Recent debuts include Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, South African National Youth Orchestra and Reno Chamber Orchestra and a return to Opera (where I began my career) conducting a new production of Carmen with Tacoma Opera.
  • Upcoming debuts include Mälmo Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony and Seattle Symphony (Untitled Series).
  • With a fond farewell, 2016-17 marked the final season of 12-year tenure with Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Ioannides Hartman family near our new home in University Place, WA. Father, Scott Hartman, missed this photo opportunity with his busy schedule commuting still coast to coast to continue his work at
Yale University and developing world-class Hartman mouthpieces!

Premiering Dan Ott's Fire-Mountain...

Fire Mountain
Ott - Fire Mountain Film Footage
Premiered by Symphony Tacoma
Film by Derek Klein, Museum of Glass
Preview & Interview - Full Video Available by Arrangement
In collaboration with the Museum of Glass, Symphony Tacoma premiered Fire Mountain, a multimedia project seeking to express the natural beauty of our area and recognize the global warming challenges of our region through music and film. Fire Mountain was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and generous private gift in support of Symphony Tacoma.

Cascade Conducting Masterclass launches in June...

A new masterclass in conducting, with insight from Sarah:

“…through what is undoubtedly a very challenging business, one has to stay true to the music throughout, to preserve ones own talent and identity and development to the next phase, that music might live on through the next generations in an even richer and more effective way.” 

Learn more and apply here!

Recent Projects, Reviews & Articles...

A Double Star Struck Weekend with Hawaii Symphony!
Performing Holst's The Planets, Bruch Violin with Ray Chen, Wagenaar Taming of the Shrew Overture and the night before a full presentation with film footage of Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage!


List of Collaborative Partners:

Cincinnati Art Museum

North Kentucky University

University of Hawai’i Choir

Pacific Lutheran Jazz Band

Cine Concerts

Symphony Tacoma Voices

Tacoma Youth Chorus

Spartanburg Sings Choir

Converse College Chorale

Carnegie Hall

Mount Rainier National Park

Museum of Glass

Hilltop Glass Artists

Lincoln High School

REVIEW: "A review of just the Symphony Tacoma performance cannot do justice to the depth and profound effect the “Fire Mountain” collaboration has had on the Tacoma community. Was it a great concert? Absolutely. Bravo to Symphony Tacoma, Sarah Ioannides, Daniel Ott, and everyone behind the massive and inclusive project."
The News Tribune
To kick off Symphony Tacoma's 2017/18 season, Ioannides led the orchestra along with Symphony Tacoma Voices and 7 spectacular guest artists in a performing of West Side Story Symphonic Dances, Suite No.2, Candide excerpts in honor of Bernstein's Centennial. 
Recent Concerts

Symphony Tacoma & Symphony Tacoma Voices
Saturday, May 12th 7:30pm

Kelly Cae Hogan, soprano 
Poulenc: Gloria
Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Flying Dutchman Overture, Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde & Ride of the Valkyries.

Read more here!
 - View all of Sarah's recent & upcoming events here!
"Ioannides was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of several female conductors cracking the “glass podium” and was termed part of “a new wave of female conductors” by The New York Times...Ioannides observes that there is “the opportunity now for women to make a lot of progress — even though we still make up only about 7 or 8 percent of orchestral-music directors."
- The Seattle Times
Milhaud - Création du Monde
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Full Video Footage released soon!

List of New Works (World Premeires*):

Roberto Sierra - Caribbean Rhapsody*

Kenneth Fuchs - Piano Concerto "The Spiritualist”

Glass - Violin Concerto, arr. Amy Dickson

Marie Samuelsson - Love Trilogy
US Premiere - Eros Effect and Solidarity*

Daniel Ott - Fire Mountain* for Chorus, Orchestra with Film

Deborah Anderson - Kitty’s Big Adventure*

James Carter - Bossa J.C. arr. Scharnberg*

Matthijs van Dijk - Dance*

Judy Herrington - Stars Tonight, arr. Sarah Ioannides*

Sarah in concert with Charlie Albright and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
REVIEW: "The other big discovery was guest conductor Sarah Ioannides, a Curtis Institute graduate and someone who has been working with regional orchestras from El Paso to Tacoma. However gracious her manner, she somehow induced Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to play on a level that’s been wanting since the departure of now-conductor-laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn some years ago."
David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Thanks to Alison Unterreiner, PT, CSCS  The Runner’s Clinic at South Sound Physical Therapy, Tacoma, for getting me in top shape for the demands of the podium and over long term knee injuries, with the added benefits - being able to run again!

Returning home from a 7 mile run before launching into the day's work!

Attending the first Global Cultural Leadership 
Summit Abu Dhabi...

Ioannides named a delegate to first annual Global Cultural Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi. One of three conductors to attend, with support from Symphony Tacoma & the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. read more
South African National Youth Orchestra...
Sarah with members of the South African National Youth Orchestra on their recent summer tour performing the world premiere of Matthijs van Dijk's Dance, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite
Ioannides and the South African National Youth Orchestra at the Rand Club in Johannesburg, South Africa
A Fond Farewell to Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra...

Feature Article By Dan Armonaitis for Spartanburg Magazine

Sarah's treasured memories of her 12 year tenure: Read Here 

“She raised the bar for musicianship in our orchestra and that legacy will continue,” Dunleavy said. “I’m excited for her to move on to a bigger symphony, which she already has with Tacoma, and I’m sure she’s got plans to do some other things as well. I think her future is limitless.”

But no matter where the future takes her, Ioannides promises that Spartanburg will remain close
to her heart.

Best wishes to Stefan Sanders, the newly appointed Music Director of
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority” and as a conductor with “magic”, Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence on the podium has won praise from audience and critics internationally. Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, and formerly the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-17) and the El Paso Symphony (2005-11) she has gained recognition as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation.

With guest engagements spanning six continents, Sarah Ioannides has appeared internationally with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Hawai’i Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, New West Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Toledo Symphony.
Listed one of the top twenty female conductors worldwide by Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List” in 2016, Ioannides was previously awarded the JoAnn Falletta award for the most promising female conductor. Serving on numerous advisory boards, competition adjudicator, public speaker, and educator, she has worked as panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts for the US Government. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 she received three proclamations for Sarah Ioannides’ Day from both the County and the City of Spartanburg and the city of Tacoma.
A zealous supporter of living composers, Ioannides has conducted over 45 World, North American and European premieres. A regular collaborator, assistant and production coordinator with composer/conductor Tan Dun, Ioannides has since directed and commissioned films for live orchestral multimedia performances including new films for Holst’s The Planets, and Steve Reich’s The Desert Music, Milhaud’s Creation du Monde, and a recent double premier of film and music with Fire-Mountain.
Beginning her performing career at an early age as violinist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and horn player in the Surrey County Youth Orchestra she earned Masters degrees from Oxford University and Juilliard School of Music. A recipient of numerous awards and prizes as instrumentalist and conductor, following her studies at the Guildhall School of Music, she came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar attending the Curtis Institute of Music becoming the assistant and protégé of the late Otto-Werner Mueller. Ioannides is married to trombonist Scott Hartman and together enjoy parenting 3 children; twins, Elsa and Karl (7), and Audrey (10).

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