STAFF & BOARD

artistic staff

  Music Director -  To Be Announced    

Music Director -  To Be Announced

 

  Diane Turek, Summer Strings Lead Instructor     
  
   
  
    
  
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    Diane Turek, former Director of Orchestras at Normal Community West High school, taught all levels of orchestra for Unit 5 based in Normal, IL for 36 years until retiring in June 2015. Diane is known for her love of teaching and changing young people’s lives through music.  Diane Turek is the Starter Strings Lead Instructor and conductor of Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, and Sinfonia Orchestra.

Diane Turek, Summer Strings Lead Instructor

Diane Turek, former Director of Orchestras at Normal Community West High school, taught all levels of orchestra for Unit 5 based in Normal, IL for 36 years until retiring in June 2015. Diane is known for her love of teaching and changing young people’s lives through music.

Diane Turek is the Starter Strings Lead Instructor and conductor of Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, and Sinfonia Orchestra.

 
  Chenoa Alamu   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.  Chenoa instructs Starter Strings.

Chenoa Alamu

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.

Chenoa instructs Starter Strings.

  Gretchen Harrison   Gretchen Harrison was raised in Decatur, IL where she began Suzuki cello lessons at 7 years old, and now resides in Springfield with her husband and children.  Music played a huge role in Harrison’s youth: playing with the Decatur Youth Symphony and Millikin Symphony, teaching cello at summer music camps in Decatur, and performing at surrounding churches with her sister who played the violin.    Harrison obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Western Illinois University. During that time, she studied violin, viola, and bass to expand her knowledge of strings.  In 2010 Gretchen created her studio, 4 Strings Music Studio, where she currently teaches cello, bass, violin, and viola to over 50 students. In addition to her studio, she is also the Starter Strings instructor at Farmingdale Elementary, on the Praise team at Cherry Hills Church, and teaches with the SVYS summer music program.   Gretchen instructs Starter Strings.

Gretchen Harrison

Gretchen Harrison was raised in Decatur, IL where she began Suzuki cello lessons at 7 years old, and now resides in Springfield with her husband and children.

Music played a huge role in Harrison’s youth: playing with the Decatur Youth Symphony and Millikin Symphony, teaching cello at summer music camps in Decatur, and performing at surrounding churches with her sister who played the violin.  

Harrison obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Western Illinois University. During that time, she studied violin, viola, and bass to expand her knowledge of strings.

In 2010 Gretchen created her studio, 4 Strings Music Studio, where she currently teaches cello, bass, violin, and viola to over 50 students. In addition to her studio, she is also the Starter Strings instructor at Farmingdale Elementary, on the Praise team at Cherry Hills Church, and teaches with the SVYS summer music program. 

Gretchen instructs Starter Strings.

  Jean Tweet     
  
   
  
    
  
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    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 chamber music around central Illinois. 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.  Jean instructs Junior Strings and Starter Strings.

Jean Tweet

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 chamber music around central Illinois. 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.

Jean instructs Junior Strings and Starter Strings.

 

Administrative Staff

  Christina Spa, Interim Executive Director   Born and raised in Springfield, Christina Spa began studying flute at the age of 9. She has enjoyed playing with various local ensembles and as a soloist for over 20 years and is currently a member of the Music Ministry at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Springfield. Before her appointment as Interim Executive Director of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Christina worked in volunteer recruitment and management for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois for almost 9 years.   Christina has over 12 years experience working in the nonprofit sector, including previous positions with Illinois Symphony Orchestra and The Phoenix Symphony. She is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in German as well as the University of Illinois at Springfield, where she earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. 

Christina Spa, Interim Executive Director

Born and raised in Springfield, Christina Spa began studying flute at the age of 9. She has enjoyed playing with various local ensembles and as a soloist for over 20 years and is currently a member of the Music Ministry at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Springfield. Before her appointment as Interim Executive Director of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Christina worked in volunteer recruitment and management for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois for almost 9 years. 

Christina has over 12 years experience working in the nonprofit sector, including previous positions with Illinois Symphony Orchestra and The Phoenix Symphony. She is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in German as well as the University of Illinois at Springfield, where she earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. 

 
 
 

Board of Directors

Paul Sullivan • President

Vanessa Ferguson • Vice President

John Myers • Treasurer

Jamie Greenwald • Secretary

Tricia Becker

Don Daniels

Jason Helfer

 

Alan Jedlicka

Mary Gamble Lueking

Raj Mitra

Evyn Neumeister

Michael Tungett

Peter Wise

If you'd like to be involved with our Board of Directors, email svys.svco@gmail.com or call 217.753.8000.