Jennifer Sacher Wiley
Music Director & Conductor since 2017
It's time to reignite our music making! This is a pivotal moment to consider our orchestra's history, the long pause ("fermata"?) of global crisis, and how our community orchestra can be reborn.
In one of our interview films with past soloists, I asked if a time of crisis is when the arts become irrelevant or the only thing that really matters! To my way of thinking, music has always provided a pathway to personal motivation, fulfillment, and peace.
As we return to live concerts, one of my goals is to provide thought provoking programs amidst the sheer beauty of orchestral sound. Another goal is for the WSSO to continue to shine as a beacon for local musicians who value its potential to provide lifelong learning and personal growth.
The current of the Susquehanna River continues ever onward, enhancing our region with its beauty and sustenance. Current trends in the arts, composers and partners, current ideas and ideals inspire and fuel the WSSO. Feel the Current with us this season!
A few quick facts about our Maestro
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EDUCATION: violin performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, University of Minnesota
SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY: violin professor since 1997, founder of orchestra, currently teaches Global Music, First Year seminar (is proud of former student WSSO Concertmaster Margeaux Katz-Sgrignoli!)
VIOLINIST: concertmaster of Susquehanna Valley Chorale Orchestra, sub with York Symphony and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, composed Hanukkah Medley during pandemic
FAMILY: husband Peter will be directing Secret Garden for RiverStage Theatre in Lewisburg, daughter Joanna recently earned MM in Art History from NYU, son/singer Ross studying Music Education at SUNY Fredonia
FUN FACTS: loves gardening, waking up early, staring at ocean, reading, having deep conversations with youth