Cascade Online Seminars

Three online seminar courses, taught by Maestra Sarah, will being offered beginning Friday, May 8th. Each seminar will be conducted through Zoom, and will consist of 6 classes that will take place at the same time each week. Classes will culminate the week before the 3rd Annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass with Sarah Ioannides.

Tuition for one full seminar (all six classes) will be $360, to be paid before the first class. To attend one class only, the cost will be $70 per class. Classes will be capped at 10 full participants. If a class fills up, auditor positions may be available at half the cost.

To register for a full seminar or a single class, email and be sure to specify which class or classes you would like to register for. If there is space available in the class, you will receive confirmation of your registration, along with instructions for how to enter through Zoom, and payment instructions. Register for one, two, or all three six week seminars.

The classes being offered are:

Refine your Conducting / First steps in the Field  (Initiating)

May 4th- June 8th. 9am-10:15 am PST

  • Getting comfortable in front of the orchestra, 
  • Standard conducting techniques and how to build them into your movements 
  • cueing, gestures, & differences between choral, band and orchestral conducting. 
  • How to equip yourself with high level skills while working in an educational setting.
  • Breaking into the field – first steps – what is needed and how to prepare yourself to enter this professional.  Opportunities and resources. 
  • Building concrete study routines, &  baseline of standard repertoire.
  • Helping train your musicians with the right thinking from the start
  • Visualizing the score, techniques of transitioning! From in your head to live conducting.

Polish Your Podium Skills  – for developing conductors (Intermediate)

May 4th-June 8th. 10:30am- 11:45am PST

  • Developing opportunities and finding more podium time. 
  • What skills are needed for Opera and how to prepare yourself for this side of the field (in brief) Preparing for recitative conducting. (If time: A look at some standard recitatives in different styles – this can lead to the Cascade Online which will go into more depth)
  • How to be efficient with rehearsal time. Crafting a successful rehearsal schedule.
  • Building your authority and trust with musicians,
  • Striking the right balance & inspiring your musicians
  • What is the best rehearsal technique for your orchestra or differing circumstances?
  • A look at your individual skills. What have you got, what do you need and how to move forward towards securing a position in the field. 
  • Public speaking as a conductor.

Classes for Emerging Conductors –  (Advanced) – Entering or already in the professional field. 

May 8th- June 12th. 9am-10:15am PST

  • Strategies for career development. 
  • Making and meeting personal goals with focus and determination. 
  • Developing opportunities in the field. 
  • Stylistic approaches to the repertoire 
  • Rehearsal techniques in professional settings 
  • Find and challenge your artistry conductor vs. academic presentation on the podium. 
  • Programming! – Know your orchestra and your audience
  • Study techniques for an intense schedule
  • Test my skills and knowledge. Am I ready?
  • On and off podium presentation and responsibilities

Please email with your questions.