2018-19 Season Highlights 
Symphony Tacoma welcomes our new Executive Director, Karina Bharne!

Sarah collaborated regularly with prominent and diverse composers and performers internationally. Recent collaborations include:

  • Recording of Marie Samuelsson's "Ett nytt barn av oändlighet" and 2nd & 3rd movements of "The Love Trilogy" with Malmö Symphony and Nordic Chamber Orchestra
  • Performance of Simon Petersson's "Spheres" with Malmö Academy of Music Orchestra
  • Stephanie Berg's "Ravish and Mayhem" with Symphony Tacoma
Upcoming collaborations include: 
  • Sandeep Das performing Wijeratne's Tabla Concerto
  • Reprise of Daniel Ott's "Fire Mountain" (written for Symphony Tacoma & Symphony Tacoma Voices)
  • Collaboration with James Carter performing Roberto Sierra's "Caribbean Rhapsody"
  • Performance of Karel Butz's "Rainier Sunrise" with Symphony Tacoma
  • World Premiere of a work by Hannah Lash with Symphony Tacoma
Sarah Ioannides conducting Symphony Tacoma at the Rialto Theater, Tacoma WA

Symphony Tacoma is fantastic with 'Symphony Fantastique'” 

“With Ioanides at the helm, Symphony Tacoma pulled the feat off flawlessly...Through it all, Ioannides used her whole frame to channel the music on the page and to conduct it to the musicians of the orchestra.

Her body, her hands and her facial expressions were constantly in motion, as she transmitted the music to the musicians who in turn brought it to life."

Read more here

     - Tacoma Weekly, November 27, 2018


Guest Conductor Shows Off Strengths at Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concert"

"She led, sans score, a gorgeous rendition of Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, evoking a fine ensemble performance with several starring solo parts.


Ioannides’...her gestures are expressive and forceful, and there’s no chance the orchestra might misinterpret any of them."

Read more here

- Arkansas Democrat Gazette, November 11, 2018

3 weeks in Malmö, Sweden in Fall 2018
  • Recording with Malmö Symphony Orchestra of Marie Samuelsson, with CD release expected March 22nd
  • Residency with Malmö Academy of Music Orchestra
  • Educational concerts with Malmö Symphony
"The Transformational Power of Music" by Sarah Ioannides
Cranleigh Culture Magazine

"I have lived with the pressures of juggling a family life with a career as a conductor, which requires a lot of travel, constant planning and continual flexibility for all involved.


This has been achieved thanks to the support and open-mindedness of many that wished to support our family. Of course some sacrifices have had to be made, but on balance there have been many opportunities.

I have had to be flexible. But throughout my career I will always believe in, and hold at my centre, the power of music.


It is the inspiration of music, its ability to empower and be an expression of our world that gives us belief and hope. It is essential for our planet to have the inspirational gift of live orchestral performance, inspiring community, bringing compassion and the joy of life, and overall bringing people together through music. AND THUS, EX CULTU ROBUR!"   - Sarah Ioannides (Cranleigh School Alumni)

Read the full article here   
More info about Cranleigh School 

Recent feature article in Showcase magazine about Sarah's rehab and training: read here 

Special thanks to Alison Unterreiner, Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, for providing first class physical therapy and training to enable her to be strong and fit for the podium.

The Runners' Clinic is located at South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy Tacoma



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. Ioannides, now in her 5th Season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, has gained recognition as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation.

With guest engagements spanning six continents, Sarah Ioannides has conducted the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, National Symphony of Colombia, Daejeon Philharmonic, Translyvannia Philharmonic Orchestra, Wuttenbergisches Kammerorchester, South African Youth Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. Ioannides has also led orchestras extensively in the United States including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Hawai’i Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, New West Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and Tulsa Symphony with numerous return engagements. Ioannides has also appeared in special engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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released on
Sarah's YouTube Channel

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, clips with Symphony Tacoma, November 17, 2018

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The newly-renovated Pantages Theater, home of Symphony Tacoma!
Photo by Thomas Concordia

Upcoming Concerts

1/26/19 & 1/27/19
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Ignace Jang, violin
Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 "Winter Daydreams"

Santa Rosa Symphony 

Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Overture in C Major of Orchestra
Clara Wieck Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 7
Robert Schumann: Overture to Manfred, Op. 115
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"

Symphony Tacoma
Beyond the Silk Road
Sandeep Das, tabla
Daniel Ott: Fire Mountain (reprise)
Wijeratne: Tabla Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade

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Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Curtis Composers Orchestra
Seattle Symphony [untitled series]
The Ioannides Hartman Family, including renowned trombonist Scott Hartman, presents a delightful program of violin, piano, ukelele, trombone, and song as part of a private event for Symphony Tacoma on Saturday, January 12th
Sarah leads the 2nd Annual Conducting Workshop June 17-22, 2019
Visit Cascade Conducting 

Held in June on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, the inaugural Cascade Conducting Masterclass was widely successful. Drawing over 20 participants from across the continent, students had over 17 hours of combined podium time and study on baton technique and score analysis. 

For more information or to register for the Second Annual Masterclass being held June 17-22, 2019,
click here!

First Class of Cascade Conducting Students 2018
Sarah Ioannides with Christina Littlejohn of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra after Sarah's speech at the Clinton School of Public Service Distinguished Speaker Series
Sarah maintains an active speaking schedule, with upcoming events to include:

Rotary 8, Tacoma
South Sound Physical and Hand Therapy Headquarters in Olympia 2/26/19
Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Public Affairs Forum
Gig Harbor Super Business Group

To inquire about Sarah's availability for a speaking event, contact: management@sarahioannides.net
Sarah Ioannides performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
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