SVYS Instructors and Coaches

Chenoa Alamu

Chenoa Alamu

Starter Strings Instructor

Chenoa Alamu was born and raised in Memphis, TN. At the age of two, Chenoa attended her first classical music concert given by Japanese violin students of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. This sparked her interest in music and she was enrolled in the Suzuki Violin Program a year later.

Demonstrating her love and enthusiasm for music, Chenoa continued to develop her natural ability and trained gift in violin and vocal studies throughout her childhood and teenage years. She attended the Overton High School of Performing Arts, summer music camps such as Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, Sewanee Music Center, and the Governor’s School of Performing Arts. She has achieved both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers during these earlier and formal years of study were Yuko Honda, Pak-Chung Cheng, Katherine Wolfe, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Dorothy Delay, and Dr. Won-Bin Yim.

She has also spread her wings in the Christian music industry and has shared the stage with the likes of Darwin Hobbs, Michael Card, Nicole C. Mullen, Kirk Whalum, Sara Groves, Phillip Keaggy, just to name a few!

Currently, Chenoa Alamu resides in Springfield, IL and is a violinist in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Decatur-Millikin Symphony Orchestra. She's the mother of two beautiful children, Victoria and Jonathan.

Diane Turek

Diane Turek

Starter Strings Lead Instructor

Preparatory Orchestra Conductor

Sinfonia Orchestra Conductor

Diane Turek, former Director of Orchestras at Normal Community West High school, taught all levels of orchestra for Unit 5 based in Normal, IL the past 36 years until retiring in June. Diane was the NCWHS music department building chair and was 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.

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.

Jean Tweet

Jean Ellen Tweet

Starter Strings Instructor

Jean Ellen Tweet has a degree in violin performance from Northern Illinois University, and has performed with numerous regional groups including Sinfonia Concertant and the Ballet Orchestra in Milwaukee, the Rockford Symphony, and others. She was a member of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra for 14 years and currently plays with the Lincoln Land and Heritage String Quartets in Springfield. While in Minneapolis, she earned her Suzuki Teacher Certificate from MacPhail School of Music and took courses at Stevens Point Suzuki Camps including study with Sinichi Suzuki. Jean has studios in Elkhart and Springfield teaching violin and viola. Jean maintains a busy private lesson schedule.