some history and reflections

My house growing up was a rich musical environment.  I was immersed in song and opera.

Cedar Grove, NJ had a string program in the public schools, run by Sally Potosky.  She was charismatic and I signed up!

At Oberlin College I conducted student-directed opera productions and developed my zeal for string quartet playing.

My first job was with a string quartet & orchestra  in Sioux Falls, SD.  I looked up to my 20-something colleagues so much!  The violist in my quartet, Mary Harris, taught me how to teach beginners and I was hooked.

Over the years, the ebb and flow of playing, conducting, and teaching has been gratifying, like riding waves at the ocean.  I consistently seek new sources of inspiration.




Violin Pedagogy Family Tree

Nancy Clarke
Gregory Fulkerson
James Buswell
Sally O'Reilly
Karen Tuttle
Dorothy DeLay
Ivan Galamian
William Primrose 
Louis Capet 
Eugene Ysaÿe 

Jennifer Sacher Wiley

Violinist • Conductor • Teacher


Susquehanna University,

514 University Ave, Selinsgrove, PA  17870