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Jennifer Sacher Wiley

Department: Music

Associate Professor of Music

  • Education
  • DMA, Univ of Minnesota Minneapolis
  • MM, New England Conserv Music
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Violin
Jennifer Wiley

Jennifer Sacher Wiley teaches violin and founded the Susquehanna University Orchestra and served as its director for seventeen years. Dr. Wiley is the 2005 recipient of the Susquehanna University teaching award, which she earned primarily for her work in founding the SU Orchestra, now an integral part of the music curriculum.

Her performing career has included full-time appointments with the South Dakota String Quartet and the Knoxville Symphony, and significant tenures as Principal Second Violin with the Des Moines and Williamsport Symphonies. She holds graduate degrees in violin performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. Notable violin performances have included concertos with the Penn Central Wind Band, the Williamsport Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra.

Dr. Wiley maintains a pre-college violin studio of a dozen students ages 5-17, integrating both college and pre-college studios in a vibrant pedagogy program at Susquehanna. She is a nationally known violin pedagogue, presenting regularly for the American String Teachers’ Association on topics such as Intermediate Level Violin Technique and Repertoire, and the Pedagogy of Vibrato.

As part of her community music education mission, Dr. Wiley founded and serves as the advisor for Susquehanna Strings, a community string orchestra, often conducted and managed by SU students.

Dr. Wiley lives in Lewisburg, PA with her husband and son. Her daughter is a student at Oberlin College.

I've enjoyed teaching at SU for 20 years, and the years have flown by with exciting students from all different majors in our violin studio. 

I enjoy helping players achieve their highest potential as performers, regardless of their career goals (music education, international business, health professions, publishing, you name it!). Opportunities for our violinists are many. We meet weekly in Studio Class, present informal recitals ("Studio Spotlights") and present formal concerts. We take field trips to hear major symphony orchestras and attend pedagogy workshops. We also host master classes by outstanding teachers.  

A big aspect of our program is our Violin Pedagogy, in collaboration with the SU Prep Program. If you come to SU, you'll have the opportunity to co-teach an annual Beginner Violin Class that will result in private students of your own! Susquehanna Fiddlers (for advanced beginners) and Susquehanna Strings (an intermediate community orchestra) are other teaching opportunities for you.  

I conduct the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, play in the SU Bridge Quartet and am concertmaster of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale Orchestra. I also sub with the York Symphony Orchestra.  

I like gardening, reading, singing and spending time outdoors. I like to facilitate conversations about social justice and racial relations whenever the opportunity arises. I live in Lewisburg, Pa., with my husband and my son, who is a senior in high school. My daughter attends New York University as a graduate student in art history.  

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Courses taught:

  • EDUC-300M Arts in Education: Music
  • MUED-042 String Class I
  • MUED-048 String Class II
  • MUSC-007 String Lesson
  • MUSC-008 String Lesson
  • MUSC-076 Chamber Music
  • MUSC-076 Chamber Music - Trio
  • MUSC-076 Chamber Music String Trio
  • MUSC-076 Chamber Music: Quartet
  • MUSC-076 Chamber Music: Quintet
  • MUSC-076 Chamber Music: Trio
  • MUSC-101 Introduction to Music
  • MUSC-152 Survey of World Music
  • MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis
  • MUSC-399 String Pedagogy
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives (all majors)