Dr. Sarah Hetrick(she/her) is a saxophonist and educator based in Central Texas. Sarah currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Music at Texas A&M International University, where she teaches applied saxophone and woodwind methods. Sarah enjoys maintaining an active performing career as a solo and chamber musician and has been invited to teach and perform at schools and universities throughout North America, including Newfoundland Memorial University, The University of Iowa, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Montclair State, Youngstown State University, The University of Texas San Antonio, and others. Sarah performs regularly with her duo partner, Dr. Jooyeon Chang, the award-winning Khroma Quartet, and the MODUS saxophone quartet. Sarah is a regular performer and presenter at both national and international conferences, including the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the National Association for College Wind and Percussion Instructors' Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and more.
As a dedicated advocate and performer of new music, Sarah has commissioned and worked with composers Viet Cuong, Susanna Hancock, Angélica Negrón, Gemma Peacocke, Alexandra Gardner, Tonia Ko, James Parker, Shelley Washington, Alexis Bacon, Kim Osberg, Evan Lawson, and more. Sarah is an active member of the Austin new music community and has played in the Fusebox Festival, the multidisciplinary festival Ears, Eyes, and Feet, the prismatx ensemble, Density512’s concert series, Fast Forward Austin’s concert series, Beerthoven, Pale Blue, and the CLUTCH series for new music, among others. Additionally, Sarah has presented and performed at the Boulanger Initiative's WoCo Fest, the Oh My Ears Festival, with the Black House Collective, and has been featured in Tetractys’ NetWork, Exposure TV’s video series and Novus New Music’s Campaign for Women in Music.
Sarah's research covers topics related to the sexualization of the saxophone, the saxophone in media, and the effects of both on students of the saxophone. Sarah has lectured throughout the United States on her paper, “He puts the pep in the party”: Gender and the Saxophone in Early-Twentieth-Century American Advertisements. In addition, Sarah created the first online catalogue of works for saxophone in an effort to provide a public resource that encourages more intentional and diverse programming by saxophonists world-wide. As director of the Elise Hall Competition for Emerging Saxophonists, the first national competition for young gender expansive and female identifying saxophonists, Sarah oversees the commission, operations, and development of the competition. Sarah developed the competition in the pursuit of creating a community and a platform that encourages and supports the professional and artistic development of young saxophonists.
Sarah is a prize winner of the ENKOR International Music Competition, the North International Music Competition, the Texas MTNA Young Artist Competition, Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Competition, the Butler Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the 2015 Delta Omicron Solo Competition, the Pennsylvania MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and was a finalist for the Wind Division of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Additionally, Sarah was named a University Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a PEO Scholar, the prestigious and internationally competitive award for women pursuing doctoral studies in all disciplines, and was the recipient of both the Presser Graduate Music Award and the Rainwater Grant for Innovation in Music.
Sarah holds both a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, where she taught applied saxophone, chamber music, woodwind pedagogy, and saxophone ensemble as the Saxophone Teaching Assistant. Prior to graduate study, Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sarah has completed additional study at Université Européene de Saxophone in Gap, France. Sarah's primary teachers are Dr. Keith Young and Dr. Stephen C. Page.
Dr. Hetrick’s professional affiliations include International Alliance for Women in Music, the North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.