String Celebration Nomination Forms:  

Senior High (grades 10-12)        Junior High (Grades 7-9)


Schedule Overview         Event Information

String Celebration has been Rescheduled for April 22-23, 2016. 

Mr. Ken Jernigan

B.M. Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, N.Y., M.Mus. Ed. Lehman College, N.Y.

Mr. Jernigan teaches in the Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. UFSD where he serves as the conductor of the local and national award-winning High School Orchestra, Band and Jazz Ensemble, the Eighth and Seventh Grade Orchestra and Band. He is also director of the district chamber music program. In 2011, Mr. Jernigan inaugurated and has been the director of the Hastings-on-Hudson school district steel drum ensemble program.

From 1986 to 1999 he was the music director and conductor of the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Long Island and twice toured Europe with this ensemble.

He has guest conducted numerous county, district, regional and all-state festivals on all levels throughout the Northeast and Florida.

As a professional double bassist, Mr. Jernigan is in demand as a freelance musician and has held the principal chairs of the Westchester Symphony, Queens Orchestral Society and is currently principal of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra of New York which has made several European tours. He is also currently a bassist with the Fishkill Baptist Church of N.Y. Praise and Worship Team.

Mr. Jernigan has held master classes and clinics on a variety of string and wind performance techniques including a workshop on orchestral bowing techniques in 2005 at the New York All-State Conference in Rochester, N.Y.

During the summer, Mr. Jernigan can be found at the Performing Arts Institute (PAI) at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra. Along with his conducting responsibilities at PAI, he and his wife are co-directors of the Junior Division Program.

Since the summer of 2011, Mr. Jernigan has been a guest conductor of the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as coaching chamber music at the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University, N.Y.

Mr. Jernigan is active as a member and adjudicator of the Westchester County and New York State Music Educators Association.


Mr. Jernigan is grateful to the festival directors, educators, parents and the wonderful students for this special experience.

Jennifer Sacher Wiley

Jennifer Sacher Wiley has been a professor of music at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA since 1997. She founded the Susquehanna University Orchestra and served as its director for seventeen years. Her conducting career began as an undergraduate at Oberlin Conservatory where she directed numerous student productions such as Pirates of Penzance, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (collaborating with classmate/musical theater aficionado Seth Rudetsky), and a complete production of Copland’s opera The Tender Land. A former conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra, Maestro Wiley is sought after as a guest conductor, appearing with PMEA sponsored orchestras, the Baltimore High School Honors Orchestra in Meyerhoff Hall, and most recently at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among her most significant performances was conducting the premiere of Patrick Long’s oratorio Rain, River, Sea at Carnegie Hall in 2008, leading the SU Alumni Orchestra and Choir. Dr. Wiley is the 2005 recipient of the Susquehanna University teaching award, which she earned primarily for her work in founding the SU Orchestra, now an integral part of the music curriculum.

As part of her community music education mission, Dr. Wiley founded and serves as the advisor for Susquehanna Strings, a community string orchestra conducted and managed by SU students. She is also the author of five original “Concert Dramas” for orchestra, which were produced and performed regionally as part of biannual SU Orchestra tours under Dr. Wiley’s leadership.

Dr. Wiley is currently the violin professor at Susquehanna University, and also maintains a precollege violin studio of a dozen students ages 5-17, integrating both college and pre-college studios in a vibrant pedagogy program at Susquehanna. She is a nationally known violin pedagogue, presenting regularly for the American String Teachers’ Association on topics such as Intermediate Level Violin Technique and Repertoire, and The Pedagogy of Vibrato.

Jennifer Sacher Wiley’s early career included full time orchestral appointments with the South Dakota Symphony and String Quartet and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She also served significant tenures as Principal Second Violin with the Des Moines and Williamsport Symphonies. Dr. Wiley holds graduate degrees in violin performance from the New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. Solo violin appearances include concertos with the Penn Central Wind Band, the Williamsport Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra. Dr. Wiley lives in Lewisburg, PA with her husband and son. Her daughter is a student at Oberlin College.