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, large-scale chamber works, 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, solo violin appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra, and the Penn Central Wind Band, and conducting appearances with the Universidad de Cuyo Symphony in Mendoza, Argentina. 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. At Susquehanna University, Wiley steadily developed the school’s orchestra from a small chamber ensemble into a full symphony orchestra. Her collaborations with the SU Opera Workshop and choirs have resulted in regular performances of oratorios and full-scale opera productions. Recent examples include Strauss's "Die Fledermaus", and Rain, River, Sea by Patrick Long, which she premiered in Carnegie Hall in 2008. In 2005, her efforts as a professor were recognized with the Susquehanna University Teaching award.
An experienced and creative music educator, Wiley is the author and producer of five original, scripted family orchestra concerts and a touring chamber music program. She served as Music Director of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2008–11. Recent guest conducting appearances were at the PMEA District 8 High School Festival Orchestra in 2009, the Baltimore County Honors Orchestra in 2011, and the Methacton, Pa., "String Day" in 2012.
Wiley lives in Lewisburg, Pa., with her husband and two children.
- MUSC-007 String Lesson
- MUSC-008 String Lesson
- MUSC-074 Orchestra
- MUSC-077 Training Ensemble
- MUSC-152 World Music Perspectives
- MUSC-399 Pedagogy
- MUSC-501 Independent Study