Two days after conducting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular concert at the Chamizal National Memorial, conductor and music director Sarah Ioannides announced she is leaving after the upcoming season

Conductor leaving El Paso Symphony Orchestra

By Doug Pullen / El Paso Times

Posted: 07/06/2010 10:31:22 AM MDT

EL PASO – Two days after conducting the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular concert at the Chamizal National Memorial, conductor and music director Sarah Ioannides announced she is leaving after the upcoming season.

Ioannides, the orchestra’s first female conductor and sixth overall, did not give a reason for her planned departure.

“I have shared a great musical journey with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra these last five years and look forward to our final season together,” she said is a press release announcing the decision. “The EPSO will always be an important and special part of my career and the tremendous support I have received from the citizens of El Paso has been remarkable and inspirational. I believe this is the right time to make this decision and wish the EPSO every success.”

One possible explanation: Ioannides gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, on April 22. She also has a 2-year-old daughter with husband Scott Hartman, who is a musician.

“EPSO was very fortunate to find a remarkable musician like Sarah. We are appreciative of the contributions she has made to our orchestra and to El Paso throughout her career with EPSO,” Debbie Hand, president of the symphony’s board, said in the release.

A search for a replacement will begin immediately, Hand said.

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