In a world of instant gratification and multimedia, the performing arts become even more valuable and relevant as vehicles of expression for the present day. The human psyche has essentially not changed, only context, and so music from the last several hundred years communicates as much as music written today. With or without technology, artistic expression is a basic necessity. All options are valid and the more roads you explore, the more you know of the world and it knows of you.
– Sarah Ioannides

Championing New Works

Sarah Ioannides, Dario Marianelli & President of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Beau Shuler following the world premier of the Marianelli Pride and Prejudice Suite.

Dedicated to supporting living composers, Ioannides has conducted and commissioned numerous world, U.S. and European premieres.

View a PDF of these world premieres.

Ioannides’ programs include a broad spectrum of orchestral, concerto and operatic repertoire of music from the last 400 years. To request complete repertoire list please visit the contact page.






Composers that Sarah has collaborated with include:

David Amram Deborah Anderson Louis Andriessen
Victoria Borisova-Ollas Sara Carvalho Kai-Young Chan
Jacques Cohen John Corigliano Richard Danielpour
Matthius van Dijk Tony Di Lorenzo Tan Dun
Kenneth Fuchs Stuart Goodyear Judy Herrington
Daniel Hewson Matthew Hindson Jonathan Holland
Ayis Ioannides Dobrinka Tabakova Mauricio Kagel
Laura Karpman Tania Leon Dario Marianelli
Osvaldo Mendoza Beata Moon Sean O’Boyle
Rebecca Oswald Daniel Ott Stephen Paulus
Marie Samuelsson Kan Sawada Kim Scharnberg
Alissandro Timossi Louis Tinoco Thomas Whitman


Sarah Ioannides is also committed to exploring, supporting and performing music of female composers. Recent performances include:

Deborah Anderson Kitty’s Big Adventure
Kati Agocs By the Streams of Babylon
Patricia Almeida Argumentum
Stephanie Berg Ravish and Mayhem
Victoria Borisova-Ollas Open Ground (US Premier)
Lili Boulanger D’un matin de printemps
Sara Carvalho Escadas com Estorias
Louise Ferrenc Symphony No. 3
Herrington/Ioannides Stars Tonight (Treble Choir & Orchestra)
Jennifer Higdon Oboe Concerto (European Premier)
Venla Hinnemo Reactions of the Mind (World Premier)
Betsy Jolas Points D’Aube
Elena Kats-Chernin Concertino (US Premier)
Anne LeBaron Telluris Theoria Sacra
Fanny Mendelssohn Overture in C
Beata Moon Fission (World Premier)
Rebecca Oswald Sinfonia No.1
Paula Prestini Danza (World Premier)
Marie Samuelsson Eroseffekt och Solidarität, Flygande linjer och dån & Ett nytt barn av oändlighet (World Premier)
Clara Schumann Piano Concerto
Ruth Crawford Seeger Music for Small Orchestra
Henriette Renie Harp Concerto in C minor
Dobrinka Tabakova In Focus
Karen Tanaka Frozen Horizon
Andrea Tarrodi Lucioles (US Premier in 2012)
Andrea Tarrodi Zephyros (US Premier)
Joan Tower Made in America
Grace Williams Fantasy on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Judith Weir Musicians Wrestle Everywhere (US Premier)
Judith Weir Ride Over Lake Constance

Multimedia Creations

Sarah Ioannides began her work in multimedia performances in 2000 when she was invited by Tan Dun to prepare his four multimedia “Orchestral Theatres” with the Gothenburg Symphony. She later served as the production coordinator at the Barbican Center’s Fire Crossing Water Festival for Tan Dun, in addition to  numerous multimedia performances worldwide. Inspired by the extensive multimedia experiences, Sarah has since led several multimedia projects for orchestra and film including:

The Desert Music Film, Music by Steve Reich, Film Director: Zachary Passero, Commissioned by El Paso Symphony with Artistic Direction by Sarah Ioannides

The Planets, Music by Gustav Holst, Film Director: Bobby Gutierrez, Commissioned by El Paso Symphony with Artistic Direction by Sarah Ioannides

A mesmerizing complement to Holst’s music… played with great passion and energy by the orchestra… It was a performance and presentation that dripped with the sense of awe and wonder that space, the final frontier, tends to evoke in us all.  — El Paso Times


Community Engagement

Ioannides believes in the value of collaborating with other arts organizations. Many of her performances have reached out and incorporated people from within the community, presenting:

Filmmakers, Choirs: including merging of churches/community choirs/first responders choirs/African American & children’s chorus’, Arts Museums, Modern Dance, Tap & Ballet, Opera/Theatre groups/University & Colleges & Schools/Radio Presenters & City Mayors & individuals of special artistic talent.

To see examples of this, please visit the impact page.

To submit an application to Ioannides’ team of creative programmers please visit the contact page.


Educational Programs

Sarah Ioannides leads numerous multifaceted educational events annually bringing classical music to children, students and the underprivileged through family programs, youth concerts, school engagements and speaking events.

Every musical experience can touch a heart, mind or soul of any age. It is my goal that each interaction makes a difference, particularly during a child’s formative years and even more for teenagers in crisis. —Sarah Ioannides

To invite Ioannides to speak at your event, please visit the contact page.

Read our newsletter “Inspiring Today’s Youth.”

Ioannides has partnered with the Carnegie Hall Link Up program in the school communities of both El Paso and Spartanburg.