Ioannides Runs 26.2 for Cascade Conducting Scholarships

Cascade Conducting provides annual scholarships to conductors & composers and hires professional musicians. Proceeds go directly to these needs. Our goal is to raise $500 for every mile Maestra Ioannides runs!


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Dear Friends,

My name is Karen Zeferino, a Brazilian conductor, and currently pursuing a Master's degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri- Columbia with Dr. Crabb.

 I was recently admitted to the Cascade Conducting Masterclass program with Maestra Sarah Ioannides. Unfortunately, I cannot afford all the costs to attend this program, however, I know that with your support I will make it!

Since my first year of my undergraduate, I attended several conducting masterclasses with recognized conductors: Marco Antonio da Silva Ramos (USP/BR) in 2017, Jean Reis and Daisuke Soga (JPN) in 2018, Alessandro Sangiorgi (ITA/BR), Glenn Block (USA), Cinthia Alireti (UNICAMP/BR), Jocelei Bohrer (UFRGS/BR), Marcos Arakaki in 2019, and Abel Rocha in 2020. Through webinars with William Coelho (OSESP), Catherine Larsen-Maguire (GER), Cláudio Cruz (EJESP), Natália Larangeira, and Konstantinos Diminakis (GRE) and Monica Giardini (SP/BR) during the pandemic. 

Also, during my master's program, I had the conducting lessons through masterclass with Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Dr. Derrick Fox from the University of Nebraska - Omaha.

Participating in the Cascade Conducting  Masterclass would be a great chance for my continued growth as a musician. I have constantly sought to acquire new knowledge and refine my conducting technique and musicianship. I strongly believe that I will learn a lot from Maestra Ioannides' lessons and the experiences there. 

Please, use this link to donate to my fundraising, all contributions are valuable.

Prezados amigos,

Meu nome é Karen Zeferino, regente, e atualmente cursando Mestrado em Regência Coral na Universidade do Missouri - Columbia sob a supervisão de Dr. Crabb.

Fui recentemente admitida no programa Cascade Conducting Masterclass com a Maestra Sarah Ioannides. Infelizmente, não posso arcar com todos os custos para participar desse programa, no entanto, sei que com seu apoio conseguirei!

Desde meu primeiro ano de graduação, participei de várias masterclasses de regência com maestros renomados: Marco Antonio da Silva Ramos (USP/BR) em 2017, Jean Reis e Daisuke Soga (JPN) em 2018, Alessandro Sangiorgi (ITA/BR), Glenn Block (USA), Cinthia Alireti (UNICAMP/BR), Jocelei Bohrer (UFRGS/BR), Marcos Arakaki em 2019, e Abel Rocha em 2020. Através de webinars com William Coelho (OSESP), Catherine Larsen-Maguire (GER), Cláudio Cruz (EJESP), Natália Larangeira, Konstantinos Diminakis (GRE) e Mônica Giardini (SP/BR) durante a pandemia.

Também, durante meu programa de mestrado, tive aulas de regência em formato de masterclass com o Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett da Universidade de Nebraska-Lincoln e o Dr. Derrick Fox da Universidade de Nebraska - Omaha.

Participar da Cascade Conducting Masterclass seria uma grande chance para o meu crescimento contínuo como musicista. Tenho procurado constantemente adquirir novos conhecimentos e aprimorar minha técnica de regência e musicalidade. Acredito firmemente que aprenderei muito com as lições e experiências da Maestra Ioannides.

Por favor, use este link para doar para minha captação de recursos, todas as contribuições são valiosas.

Muito obrigada!



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Running For Scholarships

The Fifth Annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass with Sarah Ioannides has received unprecedented interested from talented conductors from around the world including applicants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Equador.  Many of these exciting young conductors want to attend, but will be unable to do so without financial assistance.  Because of this, Maestra Sarah Ioannides, music director of Symphony Tacoma and Cascade Conducting, has taken it upon herself to run a full marathon to raise money to give these emerging conductors the opportunity to attend this special event.  

The marathon will take place on Sunday 12th June. Our goal is time sensitive to enable participants to attend Cascade Conducting.

Contributors to this campaign will have the opportunity to help students attend this special event which could have significant impact on their ability to thrive as musicians in the classical music world.

About Cascade Conducting

With the motto of "Excellence through Equity," Cascade Conducting is dedicated to bringing world- class musical education to talented and diverse musicians from the US and around the world.  Conceived by Paula Madrigal, Teo Benson, and Sarah Ioannides in 2017, Cascade Conducting is officially a program of Orquesta Northwest, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Since 2018, Cascade Conducting has given out 25 full tuition scholarships equaling more than $40,000 to exceptional young conducting students, with a focus on engaging talented BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) musicians who may not have access to traditional conducting opportunities.

A unique pedagogical philosophy has formed the mission for Cascade Conducting, which seeks to provide a unique map for navigating the world of music and conducting, and to find balance between the demands of the business, and the preservation of one’s individual musicianship as a necessity to achieve excellence.

In 2020, in a partnership with Symphony Tacoma, Cascade Conducting teamed up with Symphony Tacoma composer in residence, and now Dean of the School of Music at Julliard, David Ludwig to create the first Cascade Composers Workshop with David Ludwig, and culminated in the performance of "The Final Conquest" presented by Symphony Tacoma.  In this concert, Cascade Conductors led Symphony Tacoma in a performance of the compositions created for the purpose of the workshop by participants of the Cascade Composers Workshop.  This performance was recorded at Pantages Theater, the home of Symphony Tacoma, and is available to view on the Symphony Tacoma YouTube page.

This year Cascade Conducting has teamed up with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, music director of Symphony Tacoma Voices to present the first Cascade Conducting Choral Masterclass with Geoffrey Boers.  The orchestral masterclass with Sarah Ioannides and the Choral Masterclass with Geoffrey Boers, as well as the third Cascade Composers Workshop will run simultaneously the week of June 27th- July 2nd 2022, giving participants from each class the opportunity to learn from different teachers and disciplines at the Fifth Annual Cascade Conducting Masterclass with Sarah Ioannides.

About Orquesta Northwest

Led by primarily Latinx staff and board, Orquesta Northwest has worked to promote a sense of belonging and empowerment in Seattle-area Latino community members, beginning with the arrival of Paula Nava Madrigal, professional cellist, and conductor from Guadalajara. In collaboration with a local nonprofit providing instruction, without charge, to under-served youth, she launched the World Youth Orchestra program the same year. In 2015 Ms. Madrigal and Teo Benson, professional violinist and founder and Director of Halcyon Strings Music School, co-founded the Ballard Civic Orchestra and began offering annual Latino arts and culture concert series featuring Latinx guest artists and composers. In 2019 Orquesta Northwest became a 501c3 nonprofit organization, presenting World Youth Orchestra and Ballard Civic Orchestra arts and culture programs and projects and offering an annual Master Class by a new Cascade Conducting program in partnership with Symphony Tacoma. Orquesta Northwest collaborates and partners with other Seattle-area Latino organizations, such as the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle, Casa Latina, Latino Community Fund, and SeaMar Museum of Chicano/a Latino/a Culture, to present Latino arts and culture events and youth educational programming without charge.

The programs and projects of Orquesta Northwest serve as a bridge to excellence in every dimension of life by celebrating Latino arts and culture, empowering marginalized community members, especially youth, and building partnerships and deepening ties with the Latino community. In 2022 Orquesta Northwest social justice projects include voter education, community messaging about the pandemic and vaccination, a celebration of Latinx essential workers, youth cultural education, and capacity-building to achieve equitable access to space in Seattle.

Orquesta Northwest is supported by city, county, state, and federal grants as well as foundations and individuals, including the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Tides Foundation, 4Culture (King County), ArtsWA, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Neighborhood Matching Fund, and Equitable Communities Initiative.



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Orquesta Northwest

A 501(c)(3) organization

EIN 83-3348856