All-State Etude Master Class 2015, Sarah Roberts

Fall 2015 Artist

Dr. Sarah Roberts | Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, The University of Texas at Tyler

Submit a recording to audition to perform at this year’s master class! Students who are chosen to perform will receive coaching from Dr. Roberts in a true master class setting. Just click here to register, then send in a recording to be considered! Details on the registration page.

October 11, 2015 | 5:00 pm
Lamar Middle School Band Hall [map]
Sponsored by Vandoren USA and Conn-Selmer
Hosted by Sax Pro Workshops and the Lamar Scottie Band
Entrance: $10 prepaid online/$15 at the door


About the Artist:


A native of Fort Madison, Iowa, Sarah Roberts made her soloist debut at the age of seventeen with the Southeast Iowa Symphony performing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for saxophone and orchestra. The following year she was a featured soloist with the Des Moines Symphony in Des Moines, Iowa; and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.

In 2008, Ms. Roberts made her European debut after she was invited to perform with the Juilliard School’s AXIOM Ensemble on their Beyond the Machine 7.0 – The Eye/Ear Collaboration concert at the Tanhalle in Zurch, Switzerland. During the summer of 2010, Ms. Roberts traveled with a student group from the University of North Texas to Shanghai, China, and performed with the East China Normal University Orchestra, in addition to presenting master classes and performances throughout Shanghai. 

While completing graduate work at the University of North Texas, Ms. Roberts was a founding member and baritone saxophonist of the North Texas Saxophone Quartet. In addition to many recitals and community performances, the group was a national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music competition in 2007 and 2008. In addition to chamber music competitions, Ms. Roberts has also competed in several soloist competitions. In 2005, she was the first place winner of the Senior Non-Bowed Instrument Division of the Kingsville Competition held in Kingsville, Texas. Additionally, in 2010, Ms. Roberts placed third in the International Saxophone Competition held in Paris, France; and later that year was selected to participate in the 5th International Adolphe Sax Competition held in Dinant, Belgium.

In June, 2015, Ms. Roberts successfully defended her dissertation: The “Avant-Pop” Style of Jacob Ter  Veldhuis: Annotated Bibliography of Boombox Pieces with an Analysis of Pimpin’ for Baritone Saxophone and Boombox.

While a graduate student at the University of North Texas, Ms. Roberts was a Teaching Assistant for the Jazz Studies department as director of the Nine O’Clock Lab Band in 2010-2011, and from 2007-2010, she held a Teaching Fellowship as an instructor of classical saxophone where her responsibilities included weekly lessons with undergraduate performance, music education, and jazz studies majors and coaching saxophone quartets. In addition to her responsibilities at North Texas, Ms. Roberts was an extremely active private lesson instructor and clinician in the North Dallas area since 2004. In 2010 she became the conductor of the Pioneer Heritage Middle School jazz band, The Pioneers of Jazz; and the Frisco High School Jazz Ensemble in Frisco, Texas. Moreover, Ms. Roberts has been an active adjudicator for solo & ensemble competitions, All-Region and Jazz All-Region events, and pre-UIL band competitions. In 2012, she was the clinician and director of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 25 All-Region Jazz Band.

In August 2014, Ms. Roberts began work as the Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, TX. Her responsibilities include the instruction of the saxophone studio, directing the UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble, and the UT Tyler Jazz Patriots Combo. In addition, she instructs Music of the Americas and World Music. Prior to her appointment at UT Tyler, Ms. Roberts was the Professor of Woodwinds and Bands at Tyler Junior College where she taught private saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe lessons; in addition to directing the Symphonic Band, directing the woodwind instrumental chamber ensemble, assisting with the TJC Marching Band, and teaching classroom courses such as jazz improvisation and music appreciation.

Prior teaching experiences include being an adjunct professor at the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus and the Saxophone Instructor for the Michigan All-State Program Saxophone Workshop held at Interlochen, Michigan from 2002-2005 and the Saxophone Coach for the Michigan All-State Program Concert Band also held at Interlochen, Michigan from 2003-2005.

Ms. Roberts holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Texas, dual Master of Music degrees in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and dual Bachelor degrees in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan. She has studied with Donald Sinta, Donald Walden, Eric Nestler, Jim Riggs, Steve Weist, Paris Rutherford, and John Vana; and attended festivals to study with Jean-Marie Londeix, Jean-Francious Guy, Joseph Lulloff, and Kelland Thomas.