Faculty & Staff
Jennifer Sacher Wiley, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Office Location: Cunningham Cma - Rm 143
DMA, Univ of Minnesota Minneapolis
MM, New England Conserv Music
BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wiley began her career as a violin performance major at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she also conducted numerous student operas and musicals, including the first full production of Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land since its premiere in 1935. Her varied musical activities since then have included full-time chamber music and orchestral positions with the Knoxville and South Dakota symphonies, graduate degrees in violin performance from the New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota, and solo violin appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra, and the Penn Central Wind Band. She has conducted the Universidad de Cuyo Symphony in Mendoza, Argentina, the Baltimore County Honors Orchestra in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and premiered the oratorio "Rain, River, Sea" by Patrick Long in Carnegie Hall. Wiley's part-time orchestral positions have included Principal Second Violinist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, Concertmaster for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Northern Tier Symphony.
In 1991, Wiley began her academic career as violin professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she founded the Central College Music Connection, a community music school still in existence today. In 1997, she was appointed professor of violin and director of the Susquehanna University Orchestra. Over the course of seventeen years, Wiley steadily developed the school’s orchestra from a small chamber ensemble into a full symphony orchestra, presenting nine full opera productions under her baton, as well as traditional symphonic repertoire. She now serves as advisor to SU's student-directed community string orchestra, Susquehanna Strings (an ensemble she founded in 2012). Wiley also supervises SU's Violin Pedagogy Program, in coordination with SU's Preparatory Department.
Recent guest appearances have been conducting the 2013 New York Zone 15 All State Orchestra and a presentation at the 2013 American String Teachers' Association national conference. Her current research interest involves adapting the music of Hildegard von Bingen for intermediate-level violinists.
- MUED-500 Independent Study
- MUSC-007 String Lesson
- MUSC-008 String Lesson
- MUSC-074 Orchestra
- MUSC-101 Introduction to Music
- MUSC-152 Survey of World Music
- MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis
- MUSC-399 Pedagogy
- MUSC-501 Independent Study
- PRDV-104 Perspectives