Sara Fraker is Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Arizona, a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and a summer faculty artist at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan. She was awarded a 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, in support of an interdisciplinary commissioning and recording project. Sara has performed in festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Chautauqua, Spoleto Festival USA, and the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Orchesterakademie in Germany. English horn solo performances with the TSO have included Sibelius Swan of Tuonela, Copland Quiet City, and Berlioz Damnation of Faust. She has presented recitals at five recent IDRS conferences including Tokyo and New York City, and has given master classes at universities and performing arts schools across the US and in Australia. Sara is the oboist of the Arizona Wind Quintet, resident faculty ensemble at the University of Arizona. As a chamber musician, she has recorded two releases for Toccata Classics and Summit Records, both forthcoming in 2018. Raised in New Haven, Connecticut, Sara is a graduate of Swarthmore College (BA), New England Conservatory (MM) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA).