Dr. Sarah Roberts is Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at The University of Texas at Tyler. With an extremely diverse background in classical, jazz, and popular music; Dr. Roberts has performed with a gamut of ensembles ranging from traditional saxophone quartets, to new music groups, to rock bands, to jazz groups and all points in between. In the East Texas area, Dr. Roberts frequently performs with her self-titled jazz quartet (Sarah Roberts Quartet) and the Rose City Big Band, which she formed in 2015. In addition, she has been a saxophonist for various orchestras including the Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, and San Angelo Symphony; a frequent substitute saxophonist with the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Lonestar Wind Orchestra; and is a member of the Kris Berg’s Metroplexity Big Band. Furthermore, she has presented recitals and lectures throughout the United States including presentations at discipline specific conventions for such organizations as the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Jazz Education Network.
In addition to a very active performing schedule, Dr. Roberts is a highly sought after clinician and adjudicator. In 2012, she was the guest artist with the Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s jazz band for their annual jazz festival; and in 2014 she was the Artist-in-Residence with the Southeast Iowa Symphony. In February 2017, Dr. Roberts was the featured soloist with the Minneola Middle School Band for their TMEA Honor Band Performance and in April 2017 she was the featured soloist for the Canton High School Band's annual gala.
Furthermore, Dr. Roberts has been the regional clinician for various TMEA and ATSSB all-region jazz festivals throughout Texas and has been the conductor of the TISD all-city band festival. As an adjudicator, Dr. Roberts is frequently a judge for the Frisco Jazz Festival and the Collin College Jazz Festival in addition to other festivals throughout the state of Texas.
While Dr. Roberts spends much time on the road providing clinics at schools, she has also been instrumental in the implementation of various workshops on the UT Tyler campus. This past March she hosted the 2nd Annual UT Tyler Saxophone Day that brought over 60 saxophonists to campus to learn from Dr. Roberts and the featured guest artists. In September 2015, she developed and implemented The University of Texas at Tyler All-Region Workshop that brought more than 350 high school students from across East Texas to campus for a day-long workshop where participants learned strategies for successful preparation of their audition etudes.
Dr. Roberts completed her doctorate of musical arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas in August 2015. She also holds dual master of music degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas and dual undergraduate degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of Michigan. Her primary saxophone teachers include Donald Sinta, Donald Walden, Eric Nestler, and Jim Riggs.
Dr. Roberts is a Vandoren Regional Artist and a Selmer Performing Artist. She performs exclusively on Selmer and Vandoren products.