Sarah Pearson


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


Repertoire List for Sarah Pearson


Works Conducted in Concert:

Addinsell, Warsaw Concerto

Ades, Let There Be Peace On Earth

Ades, Twentiana a montage of songs of the 1920s

Alford, Colonel Bogey

Arlen and Harburg, The Wizard of Oz Fantasy

Anderson, A Christmas Festival, Overture

Anderson, Blue Tango

Anderson, Horse and Buggy

Anderson, Sleigh Ride

Anderson, Syncopated Clock

Anderson, White Christmas

Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D-minor, BWV 1043

Bach, Overture Suite in D Major

Bagley, National Emblem

Beethoven, Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven, Overture to Egmont, Op. 84

Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, First Movement

Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55

Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

Bellini: “Casta diva” from Norma, Act I

Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9

Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein, Candide Overture

Bernstein, West Side Story

Bird, Serenade, Op. 40 for winds

Bizet, Habanera "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Carmen, Act I, No. 5

Bizet, The Pearl Fishers “Au fond du temple saint”

Blake, The Snowman

Bocook, The Beatles: Love

Borodin, Prince Igor

Boyadjieff-junior, Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra

Boyadjieff-junior, Hollywood Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Brahms, Academic Festival Overture

Brahms, Symphony No. 1

Britten, Soirees Musicales

Brown, Highlights from Jersey Boys

Bruch, Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85

Cacavas, Christmas Music For Orchestra "A Symphonic Scenario"

Cacavas, The Christmas Song

Chabrier, Espana Rhapsody

Chopin, Fantasie Impromptu

Clebanoff, Millionaires Hoedown

Copland, Appalachian Spring

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man

Copland, Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Copland, Variations on a Shaker Melody

Custer, Ashokan Farewell

Custer, A Canadian Brass Christmas

Custer, O Holy Night

Custer, The Phantom Of The Opera

d’ Estalenx, Berceuse

Debussy, La Mer

Debussy, Prelude to Afternoon of the Faun

Delibes, Flower Duet “Sous le dome epais” from Lakme No. 2 from Act I

Donizetti, Don Pasquale “Bella siccome un angelo”

Donizetti, “Una furtiva lagrima” (L'Elisir d'amore, ROMANZA), ACT II, No. 11, Larghetto

Dragon, America, The Beautiful

Dvořák, Symphony No. 8 (formerly No. 4) in G Major, Op. 88

Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 (formerly No. 5) "From the New World" in E Minor, Op. 95

Edmondson, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Eiger, Polish Rhapsody

Elgar, Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Fillmore, Lassus Trombone

Ford, Let It Snow

Fox, An American Carnival Overture 

Garland, In The Mood

German, Three Dances from “Henry VIII”

Gershwin, Lullaby for String Orchestra

Gershwin, An American in Paris

Gershwin, Cuban Overture

Gershwin, Rhapsody In Blue

Goeller, The First Nowell

Gounod, Faust “Ah je ris si me voice belle”

Gounod, Petite Symphonie

Grainger, Down a Country Lane

Grainger, Irish Tune From County Derry

Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy

Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1, Op. 46

Grundman, A Copland Tribute

Grundman, Second American Folk Rhapsody

Handel, The Messiah 

Handel, “O Death, Where is thy Sting?” from the Messiah

Handel, “But Thanks to be God” from the Messiah

Handel, “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah

Handel, Royal Fireworks Music

Handel, Water Music Suite

Hann, Ammerland

Harburg and Arlen, The Wizard of OZ Fantasy

Haydn, Symphony No. 104

Herbert,  March Of The Toys

Holsinger, On An American Spiritual

Holsinger, On A Childhood Sunday School Song

Holsinger, On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss

Holsinger, Prelude and Rondo

Holst, First Suite in E-flat

Holst, In The Bleak Midwinter

Holst, Jupiter from "The Planets"

Holst, Second Suite in F

Hosay, Black Granite

Hosay, To Heal A Nation “The Gettysburg Address”

Humperdinck, "Evening Prayer, When At Night I Go To Sleep"

Johnson, A Lincoln Celebration

Kent, I’ll Be Home for Christmas

King, The Huntress March

Kirkland, Fanfare and Processional

Krance, Prelude to Christmas

Lavender, John Williams in Concert

Liszt, Second Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 329

Loesser, Music from Guys and Dolls

Lowden, Armed Forces Salute

Lowden, The Christmas Song

Lowe, My Fair Lady

Mackerras, Pineapple Poll Suite from the Ballet of Sir Arthur Sullivan

Mahler, "Adagietto" from Symphony No. 5

Mancini and Mercer, Breakfast At Tiffany's "Moon River"

Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavaliera Rusticana

Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"

Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Mendelssohn, War March of the Priests from “Athalia”

Morricone, The Mission "Gabriel's Oboe"

Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622

Mozart, Cosi fan tutte “In uomini in soldati”

Mozart, Der Schauspieldirektor "Impresario", K. 486

Mozart, Die Zauberflote, Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620

Mozart, Die Zauberflote, “O Isis und Osiris”, K. 620

Mozart, “Madamina” from Don Giovanni, Act I, No. 4, Allegro

Mozart, Don Giovanni “Mi trade quell’ allma ingrate”

Mozart, “Hai gia vinta la causa” from Le Nozze di Figaro, ACT III, No. 17 from scene IV

Mozart, Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297, “Paris”

Mozart, Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K.543

Mozart, Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter"

Mozart, Serenade in C Minor, for 8 winds, K. 388

Mozart, Serenade in E-flat Major, for 8 winds, K. 375

Mozart, "Queen of the Night" from The Magic Flute

Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain

Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition

Murtha, The Best of Journey

Nelson, Courtly Airs and Dances

King, Old Vienna Overture

Offenbach, La Belle Helene Overture

Offenbach, Les oiseaux dans la charmille “The Doll Song” from Tales of Hoffman, ACT II 

Orff, Carmina Burana

Osterling, Scandinavian Fantasy

Phillips, Christmas Eve/Sarajeo 12/24

Ployhar, Christmas “Pop” Sing-Along

Ployhar, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

Porter, Blow, Gabriel, Blow

Prokofiev, Cinderella Suite, Op. 87, Act I

Puccini, Turandot "Nessun dorma"

Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, Third Movement

Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances, Movement 1

Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Rachmaninoff, Rhapsodies, Op. 43

Ravel, Bolero

Reineke, Portrait of Freedom

Respighi, Ancient Airs and Dances

Ricketts, Happy Holiday/White Christmas

Ricketts, We Need A Little Christmas

Rimsky-Korsakov, Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op. 6

Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade a Symphonic Suite

Rodgers, Selections from Carousel, with soprano soloist

Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound Of Music

Rodgers and Hammerstein, The King And I

Rodgers, Victory At Sea

Rogers, Irish Tune from County Derry

Rossini, Overture to La Gazza Ladra

Rossini, William Tell Overture, Finale

Rutter, Gloria

Satie-Debussy, Gymnopedie No. 3

Saint-Saëns, "Bachanale" from Sampson and Delilah

Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, First Movement

Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 1 in E-flat “Finale”

Schubert, Mass in G, D. 167

Sharp, An American Spectacular “A Musical History of the United States”

Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich, Galop From the Musical Comedy, "Moscow Cheremushky"

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5

Sibelius, Finlandia

Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

Silvestri, Forest Gump Suite

Silvestri, The Polar Express

Smith, All Is Calm

Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever

Sousa, The Diplomat

Sousa, The Liberty Bell March

Sousa, The Thunderer

Sparke, Barn Dance And Cowboy Hymn

Stamp, The Star-Spangled Banner

Steiner and Kinyon, Tara Theme

Strauss, Radetzky March

Swearingen, O Come All Ye Faithful

Swearingen, Within These Hallowed Halls

Sweeney, Beatles Forever

Sweeney, SGT. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sweeney, Song For Hope

Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky, "Trepak from The Nutcraker Suite"

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite

Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture

Thiele and Weiss, What A Wonderful World

Ticheli, An American Elegy

Ticheli, Amazing Grace

Verdi, La Forza del Destino Overture

Verdi, “Lungi da lei….De miei bolenti spiriti” from La Traviata, ACT II, No. 4, Allegro vivace

Verdi, Rigoletto Quartet “Bella figlia” (Quartetto), No. 12

Verdi, “Caro nome” from Rigoletto, ACT I, No. 6 from Scena ed Aria (Gilda), Allegro assai moderato

von Suppé, Light Cavalry Overture

Waldteufel, Les Patineurs “Skater’s Waltz”, Op. 183

Walters, Duty, Honor, Country

Ward, America, The Beautiful

Warrington, Highlights from Fiddler On The Roof

Weber, Concerto No. 1 in F Minor for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 73

Webber and Vinson, The Phantom Of The Opera Medley

Weinberger, Polka and Fugue from the opera "Schwanda, the Bagpiper"

Werle, Carol of the Drum

Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 First Movement

Whitacre, October

Whitney, The Fellowship of the Ring

Williams C., Symphonic Suite

Williams C., Symphonic Suite From Band of Brothers

Williams J., Adventures on Earth

Williams J., John Williams In Concert

Williams J., Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Williams J., Star Wars: Princess Leia's Theme

Williams J., John Williams: Soundtrack Highlights 

Williams J., Summon The Heroes

Williams, Santa at the Symphony

Zimmer, Music From GLADIATOR


Conducted Musicals and Operas (Fully Staged):

Anne of Green Gables, Harmon and Campbell

Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Menken, Ashman, Rice, and Woolverton

Chicago, Kander & Ebb

Children of Eden, Stephen Schwartz

Cinderella the Musical, Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s

Fiddler On The Roof, Stein, Bock and Harnick

Ghost the Musical, Rubin/Stewart/Ballard

Les Miserables the Musical, Schoenberg (2 separate runs)

Mary Poppins The New Musical, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh ( 2 separate runs)

Shrek the Musical, Tesori

The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy, Lippa

Titanic The Musical, Yeston

West Side Story, Bernstein and Sondheim


Works Conducted in Festivals/Workshops/Rehearsal:

Barber, Adagio for Strings

Beethoven, Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Beethoven, Fantasia in C Minor, Choral Fantasy, Op. 80

Beethoven, Messe in C, Op. 86

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (Eroica), Op. 55

Bernstein, Chichester Psalms

Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Brahms, Symphony No. 1

Copland, El Salon Mexico

Copland, Appalachian Spring (Orchestral Version)

Haydn, Symphony No. 104 in D Major

Greig, Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Mozart, Die Zauberflote, Overture to The Magic Flute, K620

Mozart, Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart, Die Zauberflote, Recitativo and Aria for Tamino

Poulenc, Gloria

Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances

Redford, Prologue to the Great Adventure

Rossini, Overture to Barber of Seville

Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring,

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74

Wagner, Die Meistersingers Overture

Wilberg, Amazing Grace

Wright, Tchaikovsky Waltzes


Works Studied and Conducted in Seminar:

Barber, Adagio for Strings

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (Eroica), Op. 55

Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

Dvorak, Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39

Haydn, Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major

Hindemith, Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven (Paraphrase from Symphonia Serena)

Grieg, Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro, K492

Moussorgsky, A Night On Bald Mountain

Sibelius, Concerto in D Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 47

Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker