Dr. Sarah Paradis is the Associate Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Boise State University. Paradis earned her D.M. in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University, her M.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University, and her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College. Her primary teachers include Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, M. Dee Stewart, Per Brevig, and Hal Reynolds.
An avid orchestral trombonist, Paradis has been a member of the Richmond, Indiana Symphony, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Ohio Valley Symphony. In addition, she has played with the Hawai’i Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Baroque Orchestra, Opera Idaho, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony, and the Owensboro Orchestra. Paradis has performed at the American Trombone Workshop, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the International Trombone Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. She was a prizewinner in the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition in both 2010 and 2012, and was awarded the Trombone Fellowship at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2011.
An active chamber musician, Paradis tours, performs, gives master classes, and records with the Mirari Brass Quintet and Tromboteam Trombone Quintet. As a member these groups, Paradis has performed in over 40 states and China, has been instrumental in several commission projects, and partakes in educational initiatives that encourage chamber music for young musicians. Paradis can be heard on Mirari’s two albums Spires and Renewed, Reused, Recycled, and on Last Lap, Tromboteam’s album of ten new commissioned works for trombone ensemble.
Paradis’s research interests include brass pedagogy, effective practicing, and yoga for musicians. He legato method book for beginners called Smooth Sailing was written to target a difficult skill on the trombone that is often overlooked for young trombonists. Paradis also gives master classes that explore the overlap between music and the practice of yoga. She has given master classes at several universities, including Indiana University, Ohio State University, Ithaca College, University of Southern Mississippi, Colorado State University, University of Oregon, West Texas A&M University, Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, and Florida Southern College. She is a member of the International Trombone Association, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. She reviews compositions for the International Trombone Association and her reviews are published regularly in the ITA Journal.
Paradis has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and is a former euphonium player in the ten-time World Champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets. She has formerly taught at Ohio University and Bemidji State University. At Boise State University, Paradis teaches trombone and euphonium lessons, directs the trombone choir, coaches chamber music, and teaches related coursework.
Paradis is a Shires Performing Artist.