10/26 John Wacker


Dr. John Wacker holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where he studied trumpet with Keith Johnson. While at UNT he also studied Baroque Trumpet with Leonard Candalaria and Kathryn James and was a member of the UNT Baroque Trumpet Ensemble. He has studied wind conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completing a Masters degree in 2000. He also holds a Bachelors degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming.

While at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wacker studied trumpet with Steven Dube and Dr. Calvin Weber. Prior to his appointment at the Western State College of Colorado, Dr. Wacker taught at Texas Womans University where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and taught studio trumpet. Dr. Wacker is the director of the Western Chamber Music Institute. The Institute is devoted to improving the musical skills of high school and middle school age instrumentalist through a varied curriculum of chamber music study and performance.

Dr. Wacker’s performance experience is extensive and varied. He has performed for numerous professional and semi-professional productions presented in Cheyenne WY, Fort Collins CO and Dallas TX. Dr. Wacker has played lead trumpet and section trumpet in pit orchestras and in back-up bands for such shows as: West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, The Boyfriend, Oklahoma, South Pacific; and artists such as: Trisha Yearwood, the Manhattan Transfer, the Yellowstone Big Band, the Vocal Majority, Collin Raye, and Bob Hope. 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.