Renate Sakins received her B.M. from Temple University, and attended Carnegie Mellon University in the M.M. degree program.
Ms. Sakins is currently oboist and associate director of the Renaissance City Winds, principal oboist with the Westmoreland Symphony, and 2nd oboist with the Akron Symphony.
has appeared twice as soloist with the Westmoreland Symphony and was featured on WQED's "Performance in Pittsburgh".
For two seasons she
was co-principal oboist of the New World Symphony
in Miami Beach, Florida under music director Michael Tilson Thomas.
has performed with the Pittsburgh, Columbus, Wheeling, Harrisburg, and Delaware Symphonies, at the Blossom and Cape May Music Festivals and has toured in Canada, Japan, and throughout Europe.
Ms. Sakins is an adjunct instructor at Washington and Jefferson College, teaches at Pittsburgh's Center for the Musically Talented, Carnegie Mellon Pre-College, and maintains a private teaching studio.
Students Ms. Sakins has taught have been accepted as music performance and music education majors at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Indiana University (Bloomington), and Temple University.
Ms. Sakins was born in Chicago and earned a B.S. in Medical Technology before pursuing music performance.