Students in the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony may compete for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra at its Spring Concert. The competition is held in open recital and the public is invited.
Without the generous support of our sponsors we could not continue to provide the only youth orchestral program in our area.
We invite you to its fifth annual, fun-filled Trivia Fundraiser! Renowned Trivia Expert and Emcee Russ Friedewald will host the event again this year.
Jacquelyn is excited to join Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony as they continue to expand string education opportunities in the Springfield area.
Since 2009, Jacquelyn Evers has excelled as a music educator, private lesson instructor, and performer in Central Illinois. Before her appointment as the Executive Director of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Jacquelyn taught band, chorus, guitar, music technology, and music appreciation. Most recently, Jacquelyn doubled student enrollment in the music department, obtained donations and sponsorships in excess of $20,000 to fund new equipment and music opportunities for her students, and led her marching band to receive numerous first place awards.
In addition to her role as a music educator, Jacquelyn has maintained an active piano studio in the Champaign-Urbana community. She has also spent her summers assisting with Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM), primarily as the camp’s Librarian. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Masters in Music Education.
Gene Power was the Music Director and Conductor of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Civic Orchestra during our 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. He was a doctoral student in orchestral conducting at the University of Illinois during that time. Over the two seasons under his baton, our entire program made immense strides in quality and excellence, and our students, families, and musicians adored him. He was brilliant, witty, thoughtful, genuine, and had a commanding presence as a leader and conductor. Not only did he share his knowledge and talent in music with our students, but he taught them about community service through sharing music with others. Last season in particular, thanks to Gene's initiation, we brought our young musicians to perform at local retirement homes and at other community events, as well as putting on "instrument petting zoos" at different sites of the Compass after school program so that more students could be exposed to string instruments. He was a resident of Springfield during our 2014-2015 season, and was an active parishioner at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception where he sang in the choir, as well as regularly volunteering at a soup kitchen. He left at the end of the 2014-2015 season to move back to Wisconsin in order to be closer to his family, and return to his original love of teaching in a public school.
All of us at SVYS/SVCO were sorry to see him go, but wished him happiness in his future, which we knew he was on the road to attaining. It is beyond heartbreaking that he was taken from us so soon. We feel very fortunate to have known him, made music with him, and been his friend.
Musicians are required to report rehearsal absences in advance.
The Youth Symphony, Sinfonia Orchestra and the Preparatory Orchestra are 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.