Assistant conductor for the legendary teacher, Otto-Werner Mueller, Sarah Ioannides studied under him for four years while attending the Juilliard School of Music and The Curtis Institute as a Fulbright Scholar. 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 the assistant conductor to Paavo Jarvi and Tan Dun taking her perspectives deeper into a diverse terrain of conducting styles, multimedia and production design and developing her meticulous score study and analysis.
She began her teaching career coaching chamber music in the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and teaching private lessons in violin, French horn and piano. She 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 teaching history, orchestration, ear training, and score reading. She later became Music Director of the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra. Her work with young musicians has led to teaching at all levels, and she regularly supports school programs and teachers, youth orchestra, and young person’s competitions.
Professionally she continues to be in demand on the international conducting scene with orchestras, choirs and opera. 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 as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20’s through early 40’s” by the New York Times. Ioannides was awarded the JoAnn Falletta award for the most promising female conductor. She serves on numerous advisory boards, as a competition adjudicator, public speaker, and educator, and has been a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 she received proclamations for Sarah Ioannides’ Day from the county and city of Spartanburg and the city of Tacoma.