Music Department Faculty
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 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 invited to be an artist/clinician for the Summer Music Festival at Allegheny College's Chamber Music Festival, Western State College (Gunnison, CO), Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Akron, West Virginia University, and Universidad de las Americas (Puebla, Mexico). As an adjudicator, Dr. Wacker has served for the COFA (Central Ohio Flute Festival), Pittsburgh Flute Festival and the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association 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. She has commissioned and premiered two major works for piccolo: Bruce Yurko's Concerto for Piccolo/Flute & Wind Ensemble in February, 2003 and Eric Ewazen's On Wings of Song in October 2010. Her co-authorship of "The Piccolo Resource Book"with Jan Gippo was published in 2007 and is currently in its second printing. Additionally, she has recently released the CD Impressions Original Works for Piccolo and Piano.
Dr. Wacker is 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