The award winning Music Director/Conductor Dr. Allan Dennis returns to lead the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra (KVSO) for his 26th season. Dennis has been recognized as the 2001 Music Director of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, as well as awarded the 2001 Heidi Castleman Award by Chamber Music America. The Castleman Award is given to one recipient from the United States in recognition for “excellence in chamber music teaching.”
Rachel Jacklin has traveled the world by the strings of her violin, from Mexico to Europe, Hawaii to Alaska. She grew up in a family of musicians, so it isn't any wonder that she grew up with a violin in her hand. She started taking lessons when she was three. From there, she has traveled the world and performed all over the country, ranging from soloist, to first chair violin, to principal second, to concertmaster.