Dr. Sara (Diehl) Luciani is an international performer and active freelance oboist. Currently second oboe and English horn with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and Miami City Ballet, Sara was previously principal oboist with the Palm Beach Pops. She has performed with other ensembles including: the Austin Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Treasure Coast Opera. A versatile player, she has been a soloist with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and with the Polish jazz band, “Young at Hearts.” She has also performed with Frank Sinatra Jr., Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Lea Salonga, tenor Andrea Bocelli, producer David Foster, and jazz greats Ken Peplowski and John Pizzarelli, to name a few.
A former elementary school music teacher, Dr. Luciani now teaches at Miami Dade College in Florida. She has been a guest clinician at music camps and workshops worldwide, including lecturing at the International Jazz Workshop in Puławy, Poland about performance-related injuries in musicians.
Originally from Vero Beach, Florida, Dr. Luciani received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, her Master of Music degree from the University of Texas, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. Her principal teachers were Richard Foster, Tony Smith, Mark Ostoich, Bob Atherholt, and Robert Weiner. She currently resides in Miami, Florida with her husband, jazz trombonist, Dante Luciani.