Sarah McIntyre is a third-year student at the University of Toronto, where she has received the President’s Scholar of Excellence Award and specializes in jazz performance on trumpet. She will be graduating in 2024 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Sarah has studied and performed a diverse repertoire in the styles of jazz, latin, pop, motown, and classical music.
Sarah has been in many honour bands, some of which include the 2019 Honour Jazz Band at the British Columbia Music Educators Association conference, the 2020 Sean Jones Cornerstone Jazz Orchestra, and the 2019-2022 Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. She has been invited to attend camps and workshops throughout North America, including the Teagarden Traditional Jazz Camp in California, the Sitka Fine Arts Camp Jazz Intensive in Alaska, and the VSO School of Music Girls Jazz Workshop in British Columbia. She held the position of Principal Trumpet in the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2017 to 2020, and was the trumpet soloist of the Okanagan Irish Society in 2018 and 2019. Sarah has been very fortunate to work with world class musicians, including Bria Skonberg, Harold Mabern, Christine Jensen, Wynton Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sean Jones, Terrell Stafford, Tanya Darby, and many others.
Sarah is a strong advocate of supporting women in jazz, and she is a part of the 2021-22 Women in Jazz Organization (WIJO) Mentors Program founded by Roxy Coss, as well as being an intern for WIJO under the guidance of Coss. Alongside Bria Skonberg, Sarah is also the co-director of a virtual trumpet summit for female and non-binary identifying trumpet players that they hold twice a year to allow a safe space for women and non-binary people who play the trumpet to connect and support one another. Sarah is also a strong advocate for BIPOC and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. She recognizes the importance of the connection between creative music and social justice, and demonstrates this daily. Sarah was the Director of Publicity for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music Anti-Racism Alliance for the 2021-2022 school year. Sarah identifies as a person with a disability, as she has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia
Syndrome and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Despite the fact that the arthritis causes her hands and wrists to weaken, she has not let this stop her from pursuing music. Sarah continues to be an advocate for people with disabilities and raise awareness for youth living with arthritis and other chronic illnesses.