Assistant conductor for the legendary teacher, Otto-Werner Mueller, Sarah Ioannides studied under him for four years while attending both the Juilliard School of Music and The Curtis Institute as a Fulbright Scholer. While a student in the USA and previously at the Guildhall School of Music, and Oxford University she studied regularly with George Hurst, Christopher Seaman, and in St. Petersburg, Russia through the Ilya Musin school of technique attending numerous masterclasses of conducting including under Pierre Boulez with the London Symphony Orchestra. Later, she gained professional experience while assistant conductor of both Paavo Jarvi and Tan Dun taking her perspectives deeper into a diverse terrain of conducting styles, multimedia and production design.
Through meticulous score study and analysis, she began her teaching career first coaching Chamber Music at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music, teaching private lessons in violin, French horn and piano. She greatly emphasizes the importance of being an accomplished instrumentalist as a critical part of her conducting make-up. As a teacher, she held a three-year position as music professor at Swarthmore College of Music both teaching history, orchestration, ear training, score reading and later became Music Director of the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra training young musicians. Her work with young musicians has led to teaching at all levels, and she regularly supports schools programs and teachers, youth orchestra, young persons competitions.
Professionally she continues to be much in demand on the international conducting scene with orchestras, choirs and opera, as one of the top women conductors breaking the glass ceiling. Listed one of the top twenty female conductors worldwide by Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List” in 2016, Sarah Ioannides has been named by the Los Angeles Times as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium” and noted in the New York Times as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20’s through early 40’s”, Ioannides was awarded the JoAnn Falletta award for the most promising female conductor. Serving on numerous advisory boards, as a competition adjudicator, public speaker, and educator, she has served as panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts for the US Government. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 she received three proclamations for Sarah Ioannides’ Day from both the County and the City of Spartanburg and the city of Tacoma.