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

An Invitation for All

Saturday, June 22nd 7:30pm

Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Building at PLU

The second annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass

Final Concert

Featuring the 14 participants of the 2nd Annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass conducting the Cascade Conducting Orchestra with soloists-

Svend Ronning, violin


Jose Luis Munoz, counter-tenor

Free to the Public!




The Second Annual Cascade Conducting Master Class at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA will take place from June 17th to 22nd, 2019. Symphony Tacoma conductor and music director Sarah Ioannides will lead 21 hours of quality instructional podium time featuring principal musicians from Symphony Tacoma.  There will be a concert for the 14 chosen full participants on the evening of Saturday the 22nd in beautiful Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University.  The concert will be professionally recorded and made available to participants.

Ioannides will also lead score analysis, and baton technique sessions.  Special guest speakers who possess experience working with conductors in a professional setting will share their insight into a variety of responsibilities unique to the conducting profession.

The masterclass will include round-table discussions with Sarah Ioannides and guest speakers about the realities of working as a professional conductor including rehearsal technique, business and media aspects, and navigating the application/audition process for professional conducting positions.




Full Participants- $1500 ~  Full participants receive 1.5 hours of total podium time, an exclusive round table session with one on one time with Sarah Ioannides, and the opportunity to conduct the Cascade Conducting Orchestra led by 15 principal members of Symphony Tacoma in a final concert at Lagerquist Hall. Each full participant will conduct one movement. The final concert will be professionally recorded.

Conducting Auditors- $600 ~  Conducting auditors will receive 10 to 15 minutes of podium time in a special session with Sarah Ioannides as well as access to all of the daily score analysis, baton technique and round table Q and A masterclass sessions.

Masterclass Auditors-  $400 ~  Masterclass auditors will have access to all of the score study, baton technique, and round table Q and A sessions.  Auditors are also highly encouraged to observe all of the podium time sessions.

Full participants will receive a $300 discount if selected to  play in the orchestra (instrumental resume required.)  Auditors will receive a $200 discount for playing in the orchestra.

Discounted lodging and meals will be available through Pacific Lutheran University.

Scholarships- A full scholarship for one “conducting fellow” will be offered as well as one full scholarship for a Latino conductor provided by the Ballard Civic Orchestra.  Some partial scholarships may also be available.

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.

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.

Image result for PLU
Image result for ballard civic orchestra