Jennifer Sacher Wiley
Music Director & Conductor since 2017
As I was putting together a promotional film for this season, I happily listened to our most recent concert recordings. It's time to let our music speak for itself! Our musicians are doing such good work and I look forward to unveiling more of that work for our audiences.
I'm also proud of the friends, colleagues and alliances we've built over the years, from world class soloists like clarinetist Yoonah Kim, affiliated with Young Concert Artists to world renowned scholars and activists like Rick Benjamin. Rick embodies, for me, what it means to lean into our music making and music discovering, striving to make our communities more enriched through productions like Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.
We're starting to build a fan base through our Family Concerts and even have a photographer fan, John Bivins, who attends all "concert dramas", donating his work for our cause.
Our behind-the-scenes team is expanding which will energize our music making even more. Thanks for your support of the WSSO!
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, conducting the Fall Musical, and teaching First Year seminar (proud of SU alum Concertmaster Margeaux Katz-Sgrignol and other SU alums in WSSO!)
VIOLINIST: concertmaster of Susquehanna Valley Chorale Orchestra, sub with York Symphony and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, composer of Hanukkah Medley with new orchestration commissioned by Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, WA
FAMILY: husband Peter teaching English 100 at Susquehanna University, daughter Joanna making her way in the Big Apple, son/tenor Ross wrapping up student teaching and a performance degree at SUNY Fredonia
FUN FACTS: loves gardening, waking up early, staring at ocean, reading, having deep conversations with youth