Sarah Houghton

Principal

Paul Manaster

B. Mus. 2003, Utah State University

M.Ed. 2019, Idaho State University

Sarah Houghton has performed with professional organizations in the Mountain West for the past twenty years.  In addition to her position as principal trombonist of the Idaho State Civic Symphony, she also performs with the Northern Utah Symphony and the Pocatello Municipal Band.  Prior to relocating to Pocatello in 2014, she played with the Larry Smith Jazz Kicks Band, the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, the Utah Festival Opera, and the Cache Regional Theater Company.  

Sarah has given clinics at many high schools and middle schools in Idaho and Utah, and is a regular judge for middle school and high school solo/ensemble competitions and honor band auditions.  

Sarah’s primary teachers include Dr. Patrick Brooks and Dr. Todd Fallis.  She has had additional studies with Joseph Alessi, Mark Lawrence, Ralph Sauer, Jonathan Whitaker, Peter Ellefson, Henry Henniger, David Vining, and Larry Zalkind. 

Her favorite musical pastime is arranging and transcribing music for trombone quartet and trombone choir.  She lives in Pocatello with her husband and four children.  When she isn’t playing trombone, Sarah enjoys poetry, cooking, hiking, and helping her kids with their homework.