Classical Concert January 16-17, 2021

The VSO Features Three Extraordinary Young Artist Competition Winners and Internationally renowned Guest Conductor

Symphony Tacoma Music Director Maestra Sarah Ioannides will lead the VSO in the most anticipated concert of the season.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra continues its 42nd season with live streamed performances that will feature critically acclaimed guest conductor Maestra Sarah Ioannides of Symphony Tacoma. The concert will highlight the extraordinary talents of the 2019-2020 VSO Young Artist Competition Gold Medalists who were selected in three categories: Ben Price in the winds/brass category, Hanami Froom in the strings category and Jacob Nenow in the piano category. The Young Artist Competition is open every year to music students age 18 and younger. The winners were chosen for outstanding musical ability and represent the bright future of the performing arts in the region. This long-awaited gold medalist performance had originally been scheduled for April 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed. The Young Artist Competition Winner performance is historically one of the most popular programs in the VSO’s classical season.

Price will perform Oboe Concerto in A Minor 1st and 3rd Movements by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Froom will perform Chaconne for Violin and String Orchestra by Tomaso Vitali and Nenow will perform Piano Concerto in D Minor 1st Movement by J.S. Bach. Other pieces performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in this program will include Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a passionate and sorrowful work that has become synonymous in popular culture with heartbreak, and Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, an expressive, inventive work based on pieces the composer wrote in his childhood.

This January will mark the first time internationally-recognized conductor Maestra Ioannides will collaborate with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She was named by the Los Angeles Times as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium” and was included on Norman Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List.” She is now in her seventh season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, and is the Artistic Director of Cascade Conducting, an international masterclass held in partnership with Symphony Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University.

The January 16 and 17 performances will feature a reduced orchestra and will be streamed live from Skyview Concert Hall without an in-person audience (in accordance with Washington State’s current guidelines). The broadcast on Saturday, January 16 will begin at 6:30pm with the fourth installment of the celebrated VSO pre-concert show Da Capo, hosted by VSO Podcast host Ashley Hall and VSO trombonist Greg Scholl. Intermission will feature special, not-to-be-missed interviews. The performance and the show on Sunday, January 17 will also be streamed live and will begin at 2:30pm. Michelle’s Piano Co. is kindly providing a piano for the performances.

The previously scheduled performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the PSU Choir and Maestro Brotons has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

What: VSO January Live Stream
When: Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7 p.m. (pre-concert show at 6:30pm) and Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3 p.m. (pre-concert show at 2:30pm)
Where: Live stream from Skyview Concert Hall to your viewing devices on the VSO website
Tickets: Free with season subscription. Single tickets are $30. Available online here or by calling 360-735-7278

Safety Precautions

Two physicians on the VSO board of directors Drs. Michael Liu and David Smith helped to develop the safety protocols for the musicians in coordination with the Washington Health Department. Musicians will perform at an appropriate distance and wear face masks. The size of the orchestra will be reduced to ensure appropriate distancing.

Future Performances

We are working closely with the Department of Health to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and will be adjusting our seasons programming accordingly. Changes will be promptly communicated to the audience

Maestro Brotons

Due to current travel restrictions in both the Unites States and Europe, Maestro Brotons will not be able to join the VSO for this concert. We hope that Maestro will join us for our upcoming performances, depending on safety guidelines in place at that time.

About Sarah Ioannides

Now in her seventh season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, Sarah Ioannides has gained recognition as one of the most inspiring and creative conductors of her generation. Active as a guest conductor internationally with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Seattle Symphony (Untitled Series), Calgary Philharmonic and Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, she has recorded world premieres with the Royal Philharmonic and most recently with the Malmö Symphony and Nordic Chamber Orchestra with a CD of music by Marie Samuelsson released in 2019. Previously Music Director of the El Paso Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under her leadership, both Symphony Tacoma and Spartanburg Philharmonic have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for creativity in collaborations, community and commissioning projects. Sarah was named by the Los Angeles Times as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium” and was included as one of the top female conductors worldwide by Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List.” She is the Artistic Director of Cascade Conducting, a weeklong international masterclass held in partnership with Symphony Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University. She continues to stay on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest. As an arts advocate, Ms. Ioannides is an active adjudicator, panelist, public speaker, and educator. And has served both as a delegate at the World Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi and as NEA Panelist for the US Government.

Admitted as an instrumental scholar on violin, Sarah was granted both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oxford University. Furthering her education at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she received her Advanced Certificate in Conducting. As a Fulbright Scholar, Sarah pursued further training at The Curtis Institute of Music, earning a Diploma in Conducting; she was honored with the Presser Award and the Friends of Curtis Fellowship. She then chose to deepen her knowledge with a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Juilliard School. Sarah Ioannides has performed 500+ works of orchestral repertoire with 40+ world premieres and numerous US premieres. She has most affinity with Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Sibelius and her full repertoire listing is available upon request. Sarah connects with communities to create programs that are poignant at relevant to this moment in society.

About Salvador Brotons

Maestro Salvador Brotons returns for his 30th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the VSO. In addition to the VSO, he has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears “Ciutat de Palma” (1997-2001, 2009-2013) and the Orquestra Sinfónica del Vallés (1997-2002). He is presently the Conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. In 2005, he received the “Arts Council” award by the Clark County and The City of Vancouver as well as the Kiwanis Rose Award. He has guest conducted orchestras in countries such as the U.S., Israel, France, Germany, China, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia.

About The VSO

The VSO, now in its 42nd season, has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing symphony music of the highest caliber in live performances and through music education in schools, concert halls, and throughout the community. For more information, please visit

About our Sponsors

The VSO is generously supported by individual donors, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, All Classical Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, The Columbian, Homewood Suites, Dick Hannah Dealerships,, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, Propel Insurance, MedicareHelpNow, Opsahl Dawson CPAs, Realvest Corporation, and Michelle’s Piano Co.

VSO Pre-Show

September 2020 marks the debut of a new, highly anticipated video series from the VSO! Hosted by Greg Scholl and Ashley Hall, this exciting pre-show will broadcast on the VSO concert live stream 30 minutes before the concert performance. Full of fascinating information about the repertoire and plenty of laughs, you won’t want to miss it!

Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall has been with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since October of 2019. Since December of 2019 she has been the host and producer of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Podcast, interviewing prominent VSO figures and guests as well as sharing past VSO performances in the special series VSO Encore. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 with a degree in English Literature, and has been active in the Vancouver arts community for over 15 years. She was formerly the music director for the Young Slocum House Players in 2011, and has been on the Board of Pacific Stageworks Theater Company since August of 2019.

Outside of saying flowery things about recordings of classical music Ashley produces two other podcasts, acts and sings in community theater productions, and plays nerdy tabletop games with her husband Will Johnson (the superhero who keeps Skyview Concert Hall running). It’s also rumored that she’s the girl who answers the phone when you call the VSO office, but none can say for certain.

Greg Scholl

Greg Scholl has played trombone in the VSO since 1993 - he became principal trombone in 1995. He is also principal trombone in the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Newport Symphony. Greg also plays locally in the Portland Brass Quintet and the Portland Festival Symphony. He has performed with the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Salem Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Willamette Master Chorus, and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. He has performed with the Oregon Repertory Singers and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Greg was formerly second trombone in the Austin Lyric Opera.
Greg is the trombone and low brass instructor at Pacific University. He obtained a trombone performance degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub. Prior to that he studied with Peter Kline and David Brown in San Antonio, TX. Greg plays in the Portland modern jazz duo Dos Hermanos de Hale Bopp. He also plays guitar and trombone in a variety of styles with local bands and performers such as the Rhythm Dogs, Goombahttsi, and Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Justin Shandor.
After rejecting the millions of dollars people offered him to play the trombone, Greg obtained a law degree in 1995 from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. During most business days he can be found practicing law as the director of the capital case team at the Metropolitan Public Defender. He enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading, camping and hiking, collecting things like Conan the Barbarian comic books, LP records, and concert recordings of the Grateful Dead, and being married to incredible principal bassoonist Margaret McShea. Their son Ben is now in college - he was practically raised at VSO rehearsals back in the day.