Sarah Rathke (oboe) was born into a musical family in Alberta, Canada, and has always been a contemporary music enthusiast. She was a member of the Avenue Winds, a Bay Area woodwind quintet committed to new music. In addition to being a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic since 2002, she has performed extensively around the Bay Area with various orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. She teaches oboe at UC Berkeley, and studied with Ray Still at Northwestern University and John DeLancie at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Sarah joined the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2012.