Sarah Dunbar


Sarah Dunbar |

B.M. Jazz Studies, University of North Texas

B.M. Saxophone Performance, University of North Texas

M.M. Multiple Woodwind Instrument Performance, University of North Texas

*Additional education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

Sarah Dunbar is an active performer, educator, and clinician from Seattle, WA. Sarah began her professional studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and later transferred to the University of North Texas. Sarah currently holds a Saxophone Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas, where she is concurrently pursuing a DMA in Multiple Woodwind Performance and a Ph.D. in Performing Arts Health. Sarah also holds a Master’s Degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance with a related field in Music Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Saxophone Performance.

In addition to solo and ensemble performances across the United States, Sarah has performed in Montreal, Canada, Beijing, China, and throughout Austria. Sarah recently won first prize in the 2018 “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition, awarding her solo recital performance at Carnegie Hall on November 3, 2018. She was selected as a finalist in the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Orchestra’s National Young Artist Competition and the 2018 VSA International Young Soloist Competition, and won a scholarship to study and perform in Vienna, Austria through the 2018 VSMF International Concerto Competition. Sarah made her Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2018 and was named the Honorable Mention Winner of the 2018 American Protégé International Concerto Competition.

Sarah has performed with the North Texas Wind Symphony, the UNT Two O’Clock Lab Band, the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of ensembles throughout Dallas. She was principal saxophonist and section manager of the world-renowned North Texas Wind Symphony, conducted by Eugene Corporon, and can be heard on many of their recent albums. Sarah also performed with the group at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2015 and 2017.

Sarah Dunbar maintains a large private studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where she works with students of all ages and abilities. Her current research involves the use of electromyography to study the facial muscle activation patterns across the woodwind instrument family. In her free time, she leads an active lifestyle and is currently training for her third full marathon.