As a dedicated advocate and performer of new music, Sarah has commissioned and worked with composers Susanna Hancock, Angélica Negrón, Gemma Peacocke, Alexandra Gardner, David Gompper, Tonia Ko, James Parker, Andrew Koss, Shelley Washington, Alexis Bacon, Andrew Boss, Evan Lawson, and more. Sarah has played in the Fusebox Festival, the multidisciplinary festival Ears, Eyes, and Feet, prismatx ensemble, Density512’s concert series, Pale Blue, and the CLUTCH series for new music. 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 Exposure TV’s video series and Novus New Music’s Campaign for Women in Music.
As director of the Elise Hall Competition for Emerging Saxophonists, the first national competition for young female identifying and non-binary saxophonists, Sarah oversees the commission, operations, and development of the competition. A vision that is shared by the competition’s many supporters, 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 female identifying saxophonists. Additionally, Sarah currently works as the Grants Manager for the Institute for Composer Diversity.
Sarah's research covers topics related to the sexualization of the saxophone, the saxophone in media, and the affects 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, Hetrick is currently pursuing research on feminist pedagogy in the applied setting. Hetrick is interested in the influence of student/teacher power dynamics, socialization of young women, stereotype threat, self-efficacy, systemic oppression, and discrimination as they relate to applied study. Sarah's work aims to offer practical methods and resources for empowering students of all identities and for implementing feminist pedagogy into everyday applied teaching. In the fall of 2018, Sarah created the first database of works for saxophone by composers who are womxn in an effort to provide a public resource that encourages more diverse programming by saxophonists world-wide.
Sarah is currently the Saxophone Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches non-major applied saxophone, chamber music, saxophone pedagogy, and is the director of the University of Texas Non-Major Saxophone Ensemble. In addition, Sarah also teaches applied lessons, is an instructor for Saxophone Academy Austin and the Longhorn Music Camp, presents regularly at the Habits of Musicianship Workshop, and is active as a clinician and masterclass teacher for middle schools and high schools across Texas.
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 2014 Pennsylvania MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and was a finalist for the 2019 Wind Division of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Additionally, Sarah is a University Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, a PEO Scholar, the prestigious and internationally competitive award for women pursuing doctoral studies in all disciplines, and the recipient of both the Presser Graduate Music Award and the Rainwater Grant for Innovation in Music.
Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and completed additional study at Université Européene de Saxophone in Gap, France. Sarah's primary teachers are Dr. Keith Young and Dr. Stephen C. Page.
Sarah’s professional affiliations include International Alliance for Women in Music, the North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Sarah Hetrick, a Pennsylvania native, is a saxophonist, educator, and arts administrator based in Austin, TX. Aside from teaching in the Central Texas area, Sarah enjoys maintaining an active performing career as a solo and chamber musician in Texas and has been invited to teach and perform at universities across the country, including The University of Iowa, the University of Oklahoma, Duquesne University, Youngstown State University, The University of Texas San Antonio, and others. Sarah performs regularly with the MODUS saxophone quartet, which is comprised of Hong Kong based saxophonist Calvin Wong, Philadelphia based saxophonist Nicholas McNamara, and Austin based saxophonist Chris Padilla. MODUS is committed to providing free outreach programs, masterclasses, and recitals to the public, as well as schools and colleges in Texas and beyond. Sarah is a regular performer and presenter at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and the North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences.