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Sarah Herbert
Sarah Herbert
- Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz

Dr. Sarah Herbert joined the faculty at Western Kentucky University as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz in 2020. Dr. Herbert teaches applied trumpet, trumpet ensemble, and directs the WKU Jazz Band. She has previously held faculty positions at the University of Wyoming, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Miami University Regionals in Hamilton, Ohio. Dr. Herbert’s recent performing career has been diverse and includes performances with professional jazz/commercial ensembles, orchestras and chamber groups including the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the University of Wyoming Faculty Brass Quintet. In the Cincinnati area she has performed with the Fillmore Brass Band and Wind Ensemble, Washington Ave Brass Quintet, The Belairs 1950’s Show Band, The Casino Players Ensemble, Bach Chorale Singers, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Indiana). Additionally, she has played in numerous musical theater orchestras and performed as a cruise ship musician for Norwegian Cruise Lines based out of Miami, Florida.

As a K-12 music educator, Dr. Herbert spent four years as the Director of Instrumental Music for The Menaul School, an Independent School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this position she taught band and guitar for grades 6-12 and served as the Fine Arts Chair for the school. Dr. Herbert continues to be actively engaged in secondary education as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and as a committee member for the International Trumpet Guild Youth Awards. In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Herbert is also a committed researcher. As the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Presser Foundation Graduate Research Award she has been able to pursue an innovative project which resulted in the commissioning and recording of three new works for the
unique instrumental combination of trumpet and guitar quartet. Dr. Herbert has performed these works at both the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania with the Texas Guitar Quartet and at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference in Tempe, Arizona with the Albuquerque, New Mexico based Rio Grande Guitar Quartet.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Herbert completed her Doctor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2017. She also holds a Master of Music and Certification in Music Education from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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