Cascade Conducting


Cascade Conducting

“…a challenging business, yet a highly worthwhile and valuable art form. Preserving one’s own talent, faith to the music, and performance integrity while navigating a successful path forward is imperative. Not only so that great symphonic music can live on and be cherished by generations to come, but also so it may function as a relevant and effective platform for peace, expression, and understanding of our world.”


~Sarah Ioannides

Cascade Conducting Online Masterclass 2021


Cascade Conducting Masterclass Online with Sarah Ioannides will take place June 17th-23rd

9am-4:30pm Pacific Time

(Saturday and Sunday off)

The 2021 Online Masterclass will be held via Zoom

~ Full Participants: $650

~ Auditors: $300

Full participants will be included in all discussion and will have personal video and relevant materials (resume, website, etc.) reviewed by Maestra Ioannides. Each full participant will receive private one on one consultation from Maestra Ioannides.

Auditors will be present for all sessions, but will mostly keep the audio muted during discussion.

The opportunity for exclusive private consultation and personal video and materials review is reserved for full participants.

Full scholarships are available, view scholarships here.

Sarah Ioannides is currently the Music Director of Symphony Tacoma. A former assistant conductor for the legendary teacher Otto-Werner Mueller, she has conducted orchestras of the highest level from around the world. Learn more about Sarah Ioannides.

2nd Annual Composers Workshop with David Ludwig at Pacific Lutheran University in Collaboration with Symphony Tacoma.

~ Full Participants: $1550

~ Conducting Auditors: $550

Cascade Conducting will accepted ten conductors and four composers to its Live 2021 Masterclass. Each conductor will be paired with a composer from the Cascade Composers Workshop, will work with this composer in the weeks leading up to the masterclass, and during the class itself. With guidance from Sarah Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma composer in residence David Ludwig, the conductor will rehearse and perform the work for a professional video featuring a Symphony Tacoma chamber orchestra in beautiful Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University.

Classical repertoire, including Copland's Appalachian Spring and Stravinsky's L’Histoire du soldat will be studied as well, including 60 plus minutes of instructional podium time for each conductor including a special session for auditors with the Cascade Conducting Orchestra featuring Symphony Tacoma members.

Full Scholarships are available.

David Serkin Ludwig

Symphony Tacoma composer in residence David Ludwig is chair of composition at The Curtis Institute of Music where he also serves as the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor, and is director of Ensemble 20/21 and Curtis SummerFest.

Learn more about David Ludwig

Hear from participants of the 2020 Online Masterclass.

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