The Illinois Valley Choral Association was established in 1981 as an outlet for talented children in the Illinois Valley area.  The organization founded  The Illinois Valley Youth Choir. The choir is governed by the Illinois Valley Choral Association board.  Both tuition-based choirs are open to boys and girls in grades 3-8. Boys must have unchanged voices.  Scholarships are available.

The Illinois Valley Youth Choir challenges each child to expand their musical knowledge.  Weekly rehearsals emphasize the development of musicianship and vocal technique while performing a wide variety of high quality musical literature.  The children develop healthy vocal habits, confidence, self-discipline and a deeper understanding of music.

The choir is a non-profit organization governed by parent service on the Illinois Valley Choral Association Board of Directors.  The Board employs a music director and an accompanist who provide the musical expertise and direction for the choir.  The board also employs a manager to oversee and direct the logistics of having the choir. Parents are urged to attend meetings to provide valuable input and receive information about the choir.


Illinois Valley Youth Choir Director

JeniJenilyn Roether is a Peru native who began her choir experience in the Illinois Valley Youth Choir.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in music education and a master’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University.  Jenilyn has 10+ years of experience teaching vocal music in public school ranging in ages from pre-school through high school.  She has been involved in performances at Stage 212 and Hegeler-Carus Mansion.  She currently resides in Peru with her husband Brian, and 2 kids.

Jenilyn can be reached at 815-252-5582 or by email at jenilyn.roether@gmail.com .



Shinae Lee Kim was born in 1984 in Incheon, South Korea. She started to play the piano at the age of 7. Shinae studied from 1997 until 2002 at Yewon Arts Middle School(piano) and Seoul Arts High School(piano). In 2003, she entered Ewha Woman’s University as a piano major, taking top place on the entrance exam and studied under Prof. Myoung-Seon Kye. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree she went to Germany where Shinae was admitted to Hochschule fr Musik Dresden Carl Maria von Weber for a Master’s degree program under Prof. Ute Pruggmayer-Philipp.

While studying abroad, she had to return to her family. There she met Hogun Kim and was married. She now lives in Mendota and happily serves Zion United Methodist Church.

Board Members

The Illinois Valley Choral Association Board of Directors is elected at the first parent’s meeting of the year by members of the Parent’s Association.  You are a member of the Parent’s Association when your child becomes a member of the choir.  At the time your child auditions for the choir, you will be given a form indicating capacities in which you could serve.  All parents are encouraged to have a role in the choir.  If you would like to serve on the Board of Directors, please indicate so upon registration.

Currently serving on the Board of Directors:

President: Jennifer Znaniecki

Vice-President: Lacie LeBeau

Treasurer: Amy Weber

Secretary: Rhonda Giachetto

Choir Manager: Kathleen DiLuciano

Kathleen would be happy to help with any questions concerning the choir. Please feel free to call or text her at (815) 343-1407 or email kdiluciano@comcast.net.