OboeSarah Skuster


Sarah Skuster joined the San Diego Symphony as principal oboist in 2009 and has subsequently appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. She previously served as interim second oboe with the Dallas Symphony, second oboe with the Akron Symphony and has appeared as a substitute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Skuster enjoys performing with the San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series, Art of Élan, Camarada, Palimpsest, Renga and San Diego New Music and has performed at the Ojai Music Festival and Festival Mozaic. Ms. Skuster earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with John Mack. Ms. Skuster also attended Mannes College as a student of Elaine Douvas with additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival and as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied with Dan Stolper. Ms. Skuster is a Lecturer of Music in oboe at San Diego State University, the adjunct oboe instructor at Point Loma Nazarene University and maintains a private teaching studio of all ages and abilities.


Q: What is your favorite travel destination? 

A: The bench at the end of my street, which overlooks the ocean. 

Q: What good book have you read most recently? 

A: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and Three Junes by Julia Glass

Q: What do you love most about San Diego (other than the weather)? 

A: The beautiful coastline, easy access to hiking and the relaxed attitude

Q: What is your choice for dining in San Diego? 

A: The 3rd Corner in Ocean Beach

Q: Where might you be found on a Saturday night if you’re not performing with the Orchestra? 

A: Playing Scrabble with my fiancé, or hanging out with friends. 

Q: The San Diego Symphony Orchestra is essential to San Diego because... 

A: The San Diego Symphony Orchestra contributes significantly to the cultural richness of our city, and provides a meaningful artistic experience to our citizens.