Sarah Ioannides
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Australian-British conductress Sarah Ioannides has been named the next Music Director of the Tacoma Symphony. The Orchestra’s  board searched about two years for a new conductor. Sarah Ioannides will succeed Harvey Felder, leaving the orchestra next June after 20 years as director. The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra  has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape since 1946. With 80 contracted musicians and an affiliated community chorus, the TSO brings music into the city with 200.000 inhabitants, located 50 km southwest from Seattle in the State of Washington.

41-year-old Sarah Ioannides is currently music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Born in Australia, she grew up in England, studying piano, horn and violin. She got her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Oxford University, a Master of Music in conducting from the Juilliard School and conducting diploma from Curtis Institute. Her five-year contract with TSO will begin in July 2014


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