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

Professional Summary

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 conducts with a unique combination of intensity and personal warmth that is both beautiful and compelling.”—Maestra JoAnn Falletta, Music Director for the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra          

“Sarah Pearson is a conductor of emotional depth and great commitment, with a baton technique that is both clear and expressive and with a sincere passion to learn and grow in all aspects of her musical life. As an instrumentalist and singer, she brings to her work a broad understanding from both sides of the podium, and as a lover of great music of many kinds, is comfortable in many genres. She's a terrific person, and has a great future ahead.”—Maestro Robert Bernhardt, Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor for Chattanooga Symphony and Opera; Principal Pops Conductor for Louisville Orchestra; Principal Pops Conductor for Grand Rapids Symphony; Artist-in-Residence at Lee University

Professional Conducting Experience

Music Director/Conductor/Founder of The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee- Cleveland, TN, 2016-Current

Music Director and Conductor for The Cleveland Pops—Cleveland, TN, 2014-Current

Cover Conductor for Maestra JoAnn Falletta at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra—Buffalo, NY2017-Current                                                                                                      

Assistant Conductor for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)— Fayetteville, AR, 2018-Current

Assistant Conductor for Tabernacle Symphony Orchestra—Chattanooga, TN, 2011-Current

Chorus Director for Church of the Highlands—Harrison, TN, 2011-Current

Adjunct Professor and Conductor of Music at Cleveland State Community College—Cleveland, TN, 2016-Current

Principal Flute for Tabernacle Symphony Orchestra—Chattanooga, TN, 2009-Current            

Madame Butterfly and Supertitles at Chattanooga Symphony and Opera—Chattanooga, TN, 2017

Assistant Musical Director and Conductor for Closed Door Entertainment—Rossville, GA, 2013-2017

Instrumental Music Director at Girls Preparatory School—Chattanooga, TN, 2007-2014

Assistant Conductor for Lee University Symphony Orchestra—Cleveland, TN, 2011-2014

Music Media Coordinator for Lee University’s Live Stream Music Events—Cleveland, TN, 2011-2014

Professional Information

Guest Conductor, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Lviv, Ukraine

Conductor Finalist, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Buffalo, NY

Music Director/Conductor Finalist, Symphonicity in Virginia Beach, VA

Music Director/Conductor Finalist, Heartland Symphony Orchestra in Little Falls, MN

Guest Conductor, Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Cincinnati, OH

Guest Conductor for Storyteller Productions in Fort Oglethorpe, GA

Guest Conductor, The New Symphony Orchestra in Sophia, Bulgaria

Guest Conductor, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Atlanta, GA

Guest Conductor, Duluth Youth Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, GA

Guest Conductor, Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Atlanta, GA

Guest Conductor, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlin, Czech Republic,

Guest Conductor, Masterwork Concert at Lee University in Cleveland, TN

Guest Conductor, Classic Christmas at Lee University in Cleveland, TN

Guest Conductor, Classic Christmas at Lee University in Cleveland, TN

Guest Conductor, Honors Orchestra for The McCallie Boys School and Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN

Guest Conductor, Classic Christmas at First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN

Graduate Conductor, Lee University Wind Ensemble

Conductors Guild Member, current

League of American Orchestras Member, current

Professional Accomplishments

Featured as one of Chattanooga’s most talented young professionals in Chattanooga, Tennessee's “20 Under 40 honorees”

Founder of The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee, the first professional orchestra in Cleveland, TN

Established Annual Interactive Messiah Sing-A-Long for The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee

Established Annual Two-Division State-wide Aria and Concerto Competition for The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee

Established Annual Greenway Festival for The Cleveland Pops

Recording Sessions with The New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria

Awarded Best Orchestra of the Year in Chattanooga, TN for fully staged Beauty and the Beast

Awarded Best Orchestra of the Year in Chattanooga, TN for fully staged Titanic: The Musical

Published Research: "Women On The Podium: Challenges Faced By Female Orchestral Conductors" 

Highlighted Graduate of the Year at Lee University School of Music

Awarded Best Orchestra of the Year in Chattanooga, TN for fully staged Les Miserables

Education

Master of Music: Instrumental Conducting
Lee University School of Music - Cleveland, TN
Magna cum laude and Highlighted Graduate of the Year

Master of Music: Music Education
Lee University School of Music - Cleveland, TN
Magna cum laude and Highlighted Graduate of the Year

Conducting Accreditation at The Juilliard School -New York, NY

BA Degree: Music Performance Flute and Voice
Tennessee Temple University - Chattanooga, TN
Magna cum laude, Alpha Epsilon Theta Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Chi Honor Society 

Continuing Education

International Conductors Workshop and Festival with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra in Lviv, Ukraine, studied with Maestro Larry Rachleff and Maestro Donald Schleicher, 2018

International Conductors Workshop and Festival with The New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, studied with Maestro Larry Rachleff and Maestro Donald Schleicher, 2017

International Conductors Workshop and Festival with The New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, studied with Maestro Larry Rachleff and Maestro Donald Schleicher, 2016

International Conductors Workshop and Festival with The New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, studied with Maestro Larry Rachleff and Maestro Donald Schleicher, 2015

International Conductors Workshop and Competition, studied with Maestro Adrian Gnam, Dr. Gregory Pritchard, and Maestro Robert Gutter, July 2015

International Conductors Workshop and Competition, studied with Maestro Adrian Gnam, Dr. Gregory Pritchard, and Maestro Robert Gutter, January 2015

Chicago Conducting Masterclass and Workshop Series, studied with Maestro Donald Schleicher, 2014

International Conducting Workshop and Festival with Bohuslav Philharmonic in Zlin, Czech Republic, studied with Maestro Larry Rachleff and Maestro Donald Schleicher, 2014

Conductors Institute at Southwestern University, studied with Maestro Peter Bay and Maestra Lois Ferrari, 2014

Virginia Symphony Orchestra, studied with Maestra JoAnn Falletta, 2013

Juilliard School of Music Conducting Workshop, studied with Maestra JoAnn Falletta, Dr. Eugene Corporon, and Dr. Virginia Allen, 2013