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Instructor Bios

Instructor: Allison Houtz

Bio:  Houtz has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Susquehanna University. She has furthered her studies in Early Childhood Music Education through graduate courses with John M. Feierabend from The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, including "First Steps in Music" and "Conversational Solfege." Allison has eight years of experience working in early childhood and began teaching in the Music Preparatory Program in 2005. She was also music director for the Selinsgrove High School Musical for two years. She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.   

Instructor: Anne Lawrence

Bio:  Lawrence has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Susquehanna University and has taught music for thirty-five years in the Lewisburg Area School District. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Susquehanna as well as Bucknell University. In addition she has 25 years of experience as director of church music, has served as guest conductor for children's choir festivals and is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. 

Director: Mary J. Lippert-Coleman

Bio:  Mary Lippert-Coleman is Director of the Susquehanna University Music Preparatory Program. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. She taught in the Williamsport Area School District as a music educator for 28 of her 31 years in the public system and was instrumental in the development of the middle-school music curriculum in the Williamsport schools. Since her retirement she has worked as an instructor and supervisor of students enrolled in music education at Susquehanna University as well as Penn State University. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and recently served as Retired Members Chair for District 8, PMEA. She is a certified Suzuki Piano teacher and teaches privately in her home studio.

Instructor: Susie Weller

Bio: Weller has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Susquehanna University where she was active in the music programs. She also has a specialized degree in Leadership for Early Childhood Program Directors from Northampton Community College. Susan has been working with children and families for the past ten years through a variety of organizations including public schools and child care facilities. In addition to her work with the prep program, she is the Community Mobilizer for Shikellamy Communities That Care with Hempfield Behavioral Health. She is also involved with music through her church. Susie lives in Freeburg with her husband and daughter. 

Instructor: Jennifer Sacher Wiley

Bio:  Sacher Wiley is associate professor of strings at Susquehanna University. She earned the D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota where she studied violin performance with Sally O’Reilly. She also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory. As a soloist, Sacher Wiley has appeared with the Des Moines Symphony, the Central College-Community Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra, and the Williamsport Symphony. She has developed her private teaching through participation in the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at the Juilliard School and the seminar "Teaching Violin to Children" at Indiana University. Wiley has competed twice as a semi-finalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Ind. She lives in Lewisburg, Pa., with her husband and two children.

Instructor: Ruth Hunter

Bio:  Ruth Hunter has been a featured harpist for programs on CBS television and National Public Radio. At the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, Hunter majored in harp and Latin. She was a student of Eileen Malone. At graduation from the University of Rochester, Hunter received the Joseph O’Connor Award for excellence in Latin. An experienced teacher, Hunter motivates students of all ages and ability levels (beginners to college graduates) to perfect practice techniques that lead to admirable performances. Several of her students have matriculated at prestigious music schools and received graduate degrees in harp performance. Hunter is adjunct harp instructor at Susquehanna University, Messiah College and Dickinson College. She also teaches privately at Penn State and in her home studio.

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