4/20 Therese Wacker


Therese Wacker and Becky Weidman-Winter, Flute and Piccolo

Martha Watson Violett, Piano

Therese Wacker is Associate Professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, flutist with the Woodwind Forum and the Keystone Winds. A graduate of The University of Northern Colorado, she received her M.M. from the University of Wyoming and her D.M.A. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Wacker is an active performer and clinician in the Western PA area. She has been a frequent soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies, the IUP Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble; and is substitute principal flute with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Wacker enjoys presenting Master Classes, especially with emphasis on the piccolo. She has been an artist/clinician for the Summer Music Festival at Allegheny College's Chamber Music Festival, the Allegheny College Adult Band Camp and has recently presented a recital and Master Class at Virginia Commonwealth University. As an adjudicator, Dr. Wacker has served for the COFA (Central Ohio Flute Festival), Pittsburgh Flute Festival, the MTNA state and regional solo competition, and the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, among others. She is a winner or finalist in several competitions including: the Fischoff chamber music competition, MTNA, and the Denver CAS concerto competition. Her Doctoral Thesis: The Piccolo in the Chamber Music of the Twentieth Century-An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works; is a comprehensive guide to chamber music of the twentieth century which includes piccolo and a history of the instrument. She has also published several articles on this subject in Flute Talk and The Instrumentalist. Dr. Wacker’s most recent book, “The Complete Piccolo,” in corroboration with Jan Gippo; was published in 2007 by Theodore Presser Company. Recent projects include the Commissioning and World Premiere of Eric Ewazen’s piccolo concerto “On Wings of Song,” and a solo compact disc for piccolo and piano, which will be available Summer 2011.

Dr. Wacker is also the former principal flute/piccolo of The Air Force Band of Flight. She performed as a frequent soloist with the Band of Flight and taught Master Classes throughout the United States. She also served as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Huffman Prairie Winds; the Band of Flight's Woodwind Quintet. As a member of the Air Force Band she recorded seven CD's including one for the Huffman Prairie Winds.

Martha Watson Violett is Emeritus Professor of Music and teaches piano and class piano. Before retiring in 2010 she was Chair of the Music Department at Western State College of Colorado and taught piano, music history, seminar in music research, and music courses in the general education liberal arts program. Martha Violett holds the Permanent Professional Certificate in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association and the MTNA.

Dr. Violett holds the B.M.E. in Vocal Education from Illinois Wesleyan University with a performance major in piano and minors in voice and harpsichord. She received the M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Piano Performance and the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where studies of piano and chamber music were with James Avery and John Simms. She was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for piano study with Carl Seemann at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (West) Germany. She also studied musicology and piano at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Martha Violett began her college teaching career at Western State College where she has been a member of the Music faculty since 1972. She has been active during that time as a performer of solo and chamber music with Western faculty and guest performers.