Conductor, Adelaide Youth Winds
Sarah Byron is an Adelaide-based saxophonist, educator and conductor, passionate about providing musical opportunities to all students and developing the wind orchestra scene in South Australia.
As a graduate of the University of Adelaide, Sarah moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the Muriel Berry and Gyles Thomas Lyth Scholarships. Highlights of Sarah’s life abroad include performing as principal saxophonist with Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band and as a soloist with the Sheffield Cathedral Choir.
In 2017, Sarah was delighted to present the European premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook’ at the European Saxophone Congress in Porto with the Coalesce Saxophone Quartet. Eager to champion new music, Sarah commissioned and presented a recital of chamber works for saxophone and guitar and performed with the Australian Saxophone Orchestra at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
In 2018, Sarah completed her postgraduate studies and returned to Adelaide to share her experiences and create opportunities for young woodwind players. As a founding member of Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Sarah was a featured soloist in 2019 and performed the Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. Passionate about music education, Sarah is a founder and co-director of South Australian Clarinets and Saxophones, an organisation dedicated to developing the woodwind community in South Australia.
Sarah enjoys a busy teaching schedule and tutors regularly for the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Burnside Youth Concert Band, State Music Camp and Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra. When she’s not playing saxophone, Sarah loves to travel and spend time with her very musical golden retrievers.