2018-2019 Season

Join the IVSO and Christopher Wild, with our own Illinois Valley soprano soloist Jenilyn Roether, November 4th for a Concert dedicated to the Armistice of World War I.

Jenilyn Roether is a native and current resident of Peru, IL. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (voice) from Illinois Wesleyan University and  a master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University where she studied voice under Myron Myers and conducting under Dr. Eric Johnson. Jenilyn currently sings and has recorded 4 cd’s with Cor Cantiamo under Dr. Johnson and with the Canterbury Singers, another professional choir based in Dixon, IL. She is the voice instructor and Director of Choral Activities at Illinois Valley Community College and also directs the Illinois Valley Youth Choir where she began her singing career at a young age. She also maintains a voice studio at Music Suite 408 in Peru. When not making music, she enjoys hiking, reading nonfiction and spending time with her husband and their two children.




  Since their first season in 1949-50, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra has been striving to fulfill its mission "to entertain and inspire the community by performing live orchestral music." Music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Periods has been prepared under the direction of sixteen different conductors from the first, Russell Harvey (1949-60) to the Brazilian-born Lucia Matos (2009-2018). Local and international soloists have appeared with the IVSO and traditions - including the annual Pops Concert and the bi-annual Nutcracker ballet - have developed over the years. The business and development of the orchestra are overseen by a Board of Directors made up of community members from communities throughout the Illinois Valley.

     The vision of the IVSO involves engaging and educating the community. To meet this vision the annual Young Performers Competition and Concert was begun in 1968 encouraging Illinois Valley youth to audition as soloists and, if selected, perform with the orchestra. The first performance of Tchaikovsky's, The Nutcracker, in 1969, has lead to a performance of the ballet every other year with local dance academies supplying the dancers and choreographers. Community singers have also been engaged for periodic performances of Handel's, The Messiah, and other choral/symphonic works. Another ongoing educational program of the IVSO has the orchestra performing every year at area schools.

     The most ongoing vision of the IVSO, however, is to entertain "a growing audience by performing quality music." Symphonic works from the great masters to new composers provide the finest music from throughout music history and a variety of genres. Guest performances by local soloists and nationally and internationally acclaimed instrumentalists and vocalists provide the Illinois Valley audiences with the finest quality performers. Notes in the programs and comments from the conductor are designed to educate the IVSO audiences about the music they are hearing and the composers who wrote.

     Through a long and successful history the IVSO has "entertained and inspired the community by performing live orchestral music." As we look to the future the orchestra is constantly looking for the best musicians, the finest soloists and Board Members who continue the highest quality performances and work to inspire an ever growing audience.