The Ann Kramer Scholarship was created in honor of former SVYS Office Manager Ann Kramer, who cared deeply about the success of our Starter Strings program. The recipient of the Ann Kramer Scholarship will have just completed the first year of Starter Strings and show great promise to continue in Starter Strings II as a dedicated and passionate young musician. The scholarship will cover the recipient's entire tuition for Starter Strings II in the next season. The recipient is hardworking, talented, dedicated, and a good example for the other students. The recipient shows interest and promise for a long and meaningful participation in the SVYS program. Financial aid needs of the student's family may also be considered in awarding the Scholarship.
If you and your student are interested in being considered for the Ann Kramer Scholarship, please contact SVYS Executive Director Elle Pressly to receive an application, which will be due by Friday, June 19, 2015. SVYS will then request your student's Starter Strings teacher and private instructor, if any, to fill out a recommendation sheet for your student. Both submissions are confidential and will only be released to the Scholarship Selection Committee.
Diane Turek, Director of Orchestras at Normal Community West High school, has taught all levels of orchestra in Unit 5 during the past 36 years. She has always taught beginning string students throughout her career. Diane is the NCWHS music department building chair and is also a part of the Unit 5 "Instrument Exploration" recruitment team. This past January she and was a presenter at an ILMEA session in Peoria, “How to Showcase Your Orchestra through Educational Youth Concerts, with her colleague Melissa Siebenthal, which featured the combined NCWHS & NCHS Chamber Orchestras. Her orchestras have traveled to places like Toronto, New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. She will be retiring from Unit Five at the end of this school year.
In 2008 Diane was honored to receive the Illinois ASTA Outstanding School Teacher Award. She is an active clinician and adjudicator around the state. Diane, a violinist, has performed with the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and is a member of the Topaz string quartet. She is a member of ILMEA and ASTA, where she served as membership chair for several years. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Diane graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse and received her M.A. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University in 2009. She resides in Bloomington, Illinois with her husband Jeff. Their son Alex resides in Austin, Texas.
Diane is looking forward to meeting everyone and is excited to be part of the SVYS faculty this upcoming year. She would like her future students to know that we’re going to have a lot of fun learning new skills and playing awesome music together.
This is a great way to keep your young musician practicing and excelling through the summer, and will be a lot of fun!
The classes will meet once a week for 45 minutes for 8 weeks, beginning at the start of June and ending July 20.
Choose one of these sessions if you are currently a Starter Strings student:
Tuesdays, 9:30 am at Atonement Lutheran Church, Corner of Jefferson St and Veterans Pkwy.
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm at Hoogland.
Wednesdays, 9:30 am at Hoogland.
Choose one of these sessions if you are currently a Starter Strings II student:
Tuesdays, 6:15 pm at Hoogland.
Wednesdays, 10:15 am at Hoogland.
Return the registraion form by e-mail to SVYS or hand it in to your Starter Strings instructor by May 15.
Full-session tuition is $100.
Summer music programs foster individual growth not only musically, but also give you the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new and exciting things, and explore the world outside of your hometown.
There are summer music experiences for adults, too, so don't let the kids have all the fun!
Dear SVYS/SVCO Members and Families:
The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony regrets to announce that Mr. Power will be stepping down as Music Director of the SVYS/SVCO at the end of the season. While Mr. Power has enjoyed his time with the SVYS/SVCO and its musicians, he will be relocating from the area due to personal reasons.
The Board of Directors has begun the process of conducting a search for a new Director. We will be asking for assistance and input from member families as well as community stakeholders. Mr. Power has also graciously offered his assistance as well. A timeline will be forthcoming.
We are extremely pleased with the season we have had this year and the growth that has occurred under Mr. Power and Ms. Pressly. We are confident that the organization will continue to expand and prosper with this transition. We look forward to selecting a candidate that will continue to build upon the great work that we have all achieved together.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Elle Pressly, SVYS/SVCO Executive Director.
President, Board of Directors
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony
Our instructors coach the orchestral sections, teach Starter Strings classes, and coach our chamber ensembles. We are grateful to have caring and experienced staff to work with our students. Read more about these talented people →
Please join us in thanking our Principal Sponsors for this season! The generous support of these local businesses helps SVYS provide the only orchestral learning and performing opportunity for young people in our community.
The Feed Store
Gates, Wise, Schlosser & Goebel
Myers And Myers, CPAs, LTD
Bank of Springfield
James Greenwald, D.D.S.
Christ the King School
Iles Elementary - (Starter Strings II only)
Little Flower School
Owen Marsh Elementary
Hoogland Center for the Arts (This class is for home-schooled students or those who attend a school without an on-site Starter Strings program.)
Musicians are required to report rehearsal absences in advance.
Orchestral and string ensembles for students in grade school through high school.
Beginning string instruction for students at local schools and home-schooled children in grades 3-6.
Open to all adults who play an orchestral instrument.