Sarah Pearson

Conductor

Music Director and Conductor for The Cleveland Orchestra and The Cleveland Pops

Sarah Pearson is an internationally recognized conductor, with outstanding training and skills. Pearson's credentials deliver solid experience in conducting, along with being a three-time, award-winning conductor and recognized as one of Chattanooga's most talented young leaders.

“Music speaks to people, it's a universal language. It speaks to you at all levels and reaches you where you didn't think you needed it"-Sarah Pearson

Photo Credit: Ashworth Photography

Photo credit: Ashworth Photography

Photo credit: Ashworth Photography

Sarah Pearson is a self-starter, an exceptional leader and an internationally recognized conductor with outstanding training and skills. Pearson's credentials deliver solid experience in conducting, along with being a three-time, award-winning conductor and recognized as one of Chattanooga's most talented young leaders. 

Sarah Pearson has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony or Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Gwinnett Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops, the Lee University Symphony Orchestra, the Lee University Wind Ensemble, the Lee University Masterworks Series and Classic Christmas, the Honors Orchestra for Chattanooga, and the Tabernacle Symphony of Praise among numerous others. 

Pearson currently serves as the Music Director/Conductor and Founder for The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee, Music Director and Conductor for The Cleveland Pops, Assistant Conductor for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA),  Cover Conductor for JoAnn Falletta at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor for Tabernacle Symphony Orchestra, Adjunct Music Professor at Cleveland State Community College, Chorus Director for Church of the Highlands, and Principal Flute for Tabernacle Symphony Orchestra. Pearson is an active champion for the arts in education, who serves as a teacher, guest lecturer, and adjudicator valuing the impact it holds towards the future generations.  

Most recently, Pearson served as the cover for Maestro Robert Bernhardt at the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Opera's Supertitles Operator, and Assistant Conductor for the Lee University Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she also served as the Graduate Conductor for Lee University Wind Ensemble under Dr. David Holsinger, and the Graduate Music Media Coordinator for Lee University’s Live Stream Events.

Pearson, after receiving her fellowship accreditation at the Juilliard School of Music in New York has continued to participate in numerous masterclasses, workshops, festivals and competitions worldwide. Including the Conductors Institute at Southwestern University, International Conducting Workshop and Festival with the Bohuslav Philharmonic, Chicago Conducting Masterclass and Workshop, and the International Conductors Workshop and Competition. Most recently, Pearson attended and competed in the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Duluth, GA, and the International Conductors Workshop and Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Lviv, Ukraine.

Pearson began her musical journey in Virginia at age five, studying piano, then voice and flute. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance at Tennessee Temple University, and her dual Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education at Lee University School of Music. Her principal conducting teachers are Maestro Robert Bernhardt and Dr. David Holsinger. She has also studied with some of the worlds finest teachers and conductors including Maestra JoAnn Falletta, Dr. Virginia Allen, Dr. Eugene Corporon, Dr. Lois Ferrari, Maestro Peter Bay, Maestro Larry Rachleff, Maestro Donald Schleicher, Maestro Adrian Gnam, Dr. Gregory Pritchard, and Maestro Robert Gutter.

Fun Facts

•  Pearson is the great, great granddaughter of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States of America, and a descendant of his father, William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States of America, and founding father, Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

•  Pearson is a lover of history and enjoys reading, running, cooking, entertaining friends and spending time with her family.