Cascade Conducting Master Class

Cascade Conducting Masterclass

“…through what is undoubtedly a very challenging business, yet a highly worthwhile and valuable art form, one has to stay true to the music throughout.  Preserving one’s own talent, faith to the music, and performance integrity while navigating a successful path forward is imperative, so that great symphonic music can live on and not only be cherished by generations to come, but be a more relevant and effective platform for peace, expression, and understanding of our world.” ~Sarah Ioannides

The first Annual Cascade Conducting Master Class at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA will take place from June 25th to 29th, 2018. Symphony Tacoma conductor and music director Sarah Ioannides will lead 17 plus hours of quality instructional podium time featuring members of Symphony Tacoma.  Ioannides will also lead score analysis, and baton technique sessions.

The masterclass will also include round-table discussions with Sarah Ioannides about the realities of working as a professional conductor.  This includes duties and responsibilities of a working conductor/music director such as rehearsal technique and business/media aspects, as well as navigating the application/audition process for professional conducting positions.


Full participants – $900

Conducting Auditors – $300

Application Fee (non-refundable) – $50

Participants will receive a $200 discount if selected to  play in the orchestra (instrumental resume required.)  Participants will be selected on a first come-first serve basis.

Discounted lodging and meals will be available through Pacific Lutheran University starting at $34 a night and meals are $156 for the week.

Continuing Education at Pacific Lutheran University is also offering 35 OSPI clock hours or 5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants who successfully complete the Cascade Conducting Masterclass, for an additional fee of $50. PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses. A PLU CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of work on a course.  Register for continuing education credits here.

Applications are being accepted now.


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.  Read more about Sarah Ioannides, visit artist’s website,  read a complete resume.

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