New Zealand-born Sarah Butler gained a Bachelor of Music at Auckland University before travelling to study in the United Kingdom, where she undertook a Masters with distinction in Performance at Trinity College of Music, London. Tutors included Mark David, Ian Balmain, Robert Farley and Iaan Wilson.
Whilst in London, Sarah Butler freelanced with the Royal Opera House Orchestra, English National Ballet, London Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Queens Hall Orchestra.
Sarah Butler was appointed Associate Principal Trumpet with the Christchurch Symphony in 2004 and acted as Principal Trumpet in 2008 and 2009, then being appointed as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Auckland Philharmonia in mid-2009. Sarah Butler is currently Principal Trumpet of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has also worked as guest Principal with New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
As well as playing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Butler enjoys teaching trumpet at the Griffith Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she is currently Trumpet Lecturer and Co Head of Brass. Sarah Butler is a Bach Artist.