Sarah Pearson, Music Director and Conductor
Sarah Pearson is an internationally recognized conductor with outstanding training and skills whose credentials deliver solid experience in conducting. She is a three-time award-winning conductor and has been recognized as one Chattanooga’s most talented young leaders.
Pearson has conducted the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria, the Bohuslave Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Gwinnett Youth Symphony Orchestra among numerous others. She currently serves as the cover conductor for JoAnn Falletta at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Founding Music Director and Conductor for The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee, Assistant Musical Director and Conductor for Closed Door Entertainment, Assistant Conductor for Tabernacle Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Music Professor at Cleveland State Community College.
Most recently, Pearson served as the cover conductor for Maestro Robert Bernhardt at the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Assistant Conductor for the Lee University Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she served as the Graduate Conductor for Lee University Wind Ensemble under Dr. David Holsinger. After receiving her fellowship accreditation at the Juilliard School of Music in New York Pearson has continued to participate in numerous masterclasses, workshops, festivals and competitions worldwide.
Pearson received her Bachelor of Music Performance at Tennessee Temple University, and her dual Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education at Lee University. Her principal conducting teachers are Maestro Robert Bernhardt and Dr. David Holsinger. She has also studied with some of the world’s 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.