Sarah Milligan is a jazz saxophonist residing in Austin, Texas. Originally from Sierra Vista, Arizona, Sarah studied jazz in high school with University of Arizona Saxophone Professor Kelland Thomas, then moved to the Tucson Jazz Institute where she studied under Brice Winston, Scott Black, and Doug Tidaback. She currently earning a BM in Jazz Studies under Dr. John Mills, John Fremgen, and Jeff Hellmer and a minor in Arts Management and Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
During her journey as a musician, Sarah has performed in many of the world’s renowned jazz festivals including the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington, The Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), and has shared the stage with wonderful musicians such as Terrell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Kenny Rampton, Conrad Herwig, and Joe Lovano. Sarah was selected as a part of the Women In Jazz Organization’s (WIJO) mentorship program in spring 2019, and initiated Jazz Girls Texas, an Austin branch of JEN’s Jazz Girls Day.
Sarah’s nonprofit experiences ranges from working with organizations such as Ballet Austin, Jazz Outreach Initiative, and Jazz Houston; and is currently on music faculty and the administrative team at the New School of Music in Austin, Texas.