Roberts twins to return home for concerts

July 18, 2017 GMT

Twins Rachel and Dr. Sarah Roberts will be returning to Southeast Iowa for a duo recital on Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6.

Having grown up in Fort Madison, the twins don’t often get to perform together - Rachel currently lives in Boston, Mass., while Sarah lives in Tyler, Texas. This recital is a chance for the two to share music not just with each other, but also with the community that shaped each of their musical careers.

Saturday’s concert will be 7-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 421 Washington St., Burlington. The concert on Sunday will be 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Crapo Park band Shell, 2600 South Madison Ave., Burlington.


The Saturday evening recital will feature music for flute, saxophone, and piano. Sandy Wisehart, long-time friend of the twins, will join on piano to accompany the duo for flute and saxophone by Charles Koechlin, Epitaphe de Jean Harlow. Additionally, the evening will feature two pieces written for the Essimar Trio - Rachel Roberts on flute/piano, Dr. Sarah Roberts on saxophones/piano, and Micah Bell on trumpets. The pieces are both composed by Micah Bell, and the final piece on the program will be the world premiere of Micah’s second composition for the Essimar Trio.

The Sunday concert will be in conjunction with the Burlington Municipal Band. The final concert of the season, aka the “Round Robin” concert, has a selection directed by each of the individuals who directed throughout the summer. Twins Rachel and Dr. Sarah Roberts will be featured soloists on this program; Dr. Roberts will be performing two short selections - The Pursuit By Micah Bell and Hora Staccato by Gringoras Dinicu; Rachel will be performing the Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade.

Both concerts are family friendly and are free to the public.

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts has navigated both the non-profit performing arts and higher education sectors, having held unique positions in both that focus on organizational development. Appointed as Founder & Director of New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Entrepreneurial Musicianship department in 2009, Rachel has launched a wide range of experiential programs and curricula designed to equip young musicians with key extra-musical skills to support their artistic careers.

Prior to joining NEC, Rachel served as the first Director of Strategic Planning Engagement for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), working on organization-wide strategic and governance objectives. She arrived at the ASO after completing the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship program, working with the orchestras in Aspen, Detroit, South Dakota, and Atlanta.


Her arts administrative career began working as Artistic and Production Assistant with the Houston Symphony.

Dr. Sarah Roberts

Dr. Sarah Roberts is Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at Tyler. With an extremely diverse background in classical, jazz, and popular music, Dr. Roberts has performed with a gamut of ensembles ranging from traditional saxophone quartets, to new music groups, to rock bands, to jazz groups and all points in between. She has presented recitals and lectures throughout the United States, and is a highly sought after clinician and adjudicator, throughout Texas and beyond. While at UT Tyler, Dr. Roberts has been instrumental in the development and implementation of continued learning activities that brings hundreds of students on campus, inclusive of the annual UT Tyler Saxophone Day and the UT Tyler All-Region Workshop.

Dr. Roberts completed her doctorate of musical arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas in August 2015. She holds dual master of music degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas and dual undergraduate degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of Michigan. Her primary saxophone teachers include Donald Sinta, Donald Walden, Eric Nestler, and Jim Riggs. Dr. Roberts is a Vandoren Regional Artist and a Selmer Performing Artist. She performs exclusively on Selmer and Vandoren products. // www.sarahlynnroberts.com

Micah Bell

Micah Bell received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from TCU in 2007 and a Masters in Trumpet Performance in 2009. After that, while attending the University of North Texas, he was a member of the famed One O’Clock Lab Band.

As an educator, Mr. Bell is a very active clinician in the DFW metroplex and East Texas teaching jazz and trumpet master classes as well as private lessons since 2004. He is also a regularly performing professional musician all over the DFW metroplex and East Texas in many different types of musical settings.