Sarah Ioannides: juggling multiple orchestras and a family, on two coasts

Posted on: May 13, 2016

“Anyone who thinks they have a busy life should follow Sarah Ioannides around for a day. The Tacoma Symphony’s music director is in town this month to finish up her second season with the orchestra,” writes Rosemary Ponnekanti in last Friday’s (5/6) News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.). “Shuffling her family among three cities, juggling multiple orchestras and somehow fitting in the odd cup of tea, Ioannides has the organizational powers of a general, and driving ambition and musical talent.” The previous Sunday, Ioannides had flown to Tacoma “from her other music director position in Spartanburg, South Carolina [where] she played a concert the night before…. Between Tacoma, Spartanburg, [her family’s] other home in New Haven, Connecticut,” where husband Scott Hartman, a trombonist, is a professor at Yale, “and various guest-conductor gigs, Ioannides has spent almost every week traveling this season.” Ioannides and Hartman have three young children. “A conductor’s life is demanding, but is it also rewarding? ‘It’s totally rewarding, absolutely…. I feel fortunate to have the gift of music … to be able to pass that on to as many people as possible,’ Ioannides says.” The article includes video that follows Ioannides over the course of a day in Tacoma.

Posted May 13, 2016