Ensemble Directors

Fox Valley Youth ORCHESTRA

Using music to enrich the lives of our youth

Andrea LaFranzo began her musical training at the age of nine in suburban Washington DC.   She was heavily involved in performance throughout her grade school and high school years.  She played with the American Youth Philharmonic program for 6 years, as well as was a part of the prestigious National Symphony Fellowship Program, where she studied with some of the most talented and accomplished artists in the world. In 1992, Andrea performed with cellist  Yo-Yo Ma and other cellists in honoring Mstislav Rostropovich at the Kennedy Center Honors,  nationally televised on CBS.

             Andrea received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from The Boston Conservatory in 1999.   Her time in Boston also involved many conducting opportunities – working with the dance department on projects and premiering many new works for both cello, orchestra, and jazz band.  She was also honored again to be chosen to play for Yo-Yo Ma in a cello performance master class.  After graduating, she traveled back to Washington DC to perform Faure’s Elegy as cello soloist at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall stage.

             Since moving to Illinois in 2000, Mrs. LaFranzo has devoted her life to the education and mentorship of young musicians.  Andrea has worked with ensembles throughout the area, including Elgin Youth Symphony Chamber Music Institute, Chicago Youth Symphony musicians, and is presently also Music Director of the Kaneland Youth Orchestra in Sugar Grove, IL.  Mrs. LaFranzo serves as cello sectional clinician for the Illinois Math and Science Academy Orchestra, and maintains a large private cello studio in Warrenville and Campton Hills.  Many of Mrs. LaFranzo’s students are winners of solo competitions, music scholarships, hold principal positions in youth symphony and school orchestra, and go on to study music in college.  She also serves as the Music Director and Social Sciences Director at Carmel Montessori Academy in Warrenville.

             Andrea has a very musically involved family.  Her older daughter Kimberly plays viola, her youngest daughter Michelle loves to sing and play piano, and her husband, Jacob is a composer.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, and having lots of fun with her friends and loved ones.

Orchestra became Rebecca Rudy's passion from the moment she picked up the viola in 5th grade. Her musical journey led her to DePaul University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Magna cum Laude, after which she went on to study the Suzuki Method with master teachers Michelle George and Ed Kreitman. Her teaching career began in Palos Hills where she started a K-6 strings program at Koraes Elementary School. Today, Ms. Rudy can be found teaching elementary and middle school orchestra in Naperville District 203, performing in the viola section of the Fox Valley Orchestra, working on her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music, and trying to spread her love and passion for music to as many students as possible!

Christine Moore is the director of the Fox Valley Youth Orchestra Woodwind Choir. Her love of music began when she started playing clarinet at the age of nine, and continued to grow with each new instrument that she mastered. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with a focus in instrumental band. Christine earned her Master’s Degree in Instructional Strategies from Rockford University. She has always had a heart for service and was a member of Tau Beta Sigma, a music service organization. At the start of her career, Christine taught choir, band, and general music in a rural district in southern Illinois. Currently, she teaches choir, band, and general music in East Aurora District 131 at the elementary level. Christine is also a teacher with the Fox Valley El Sistema program and has a small private studio. Throughout her career, she has been active in several ensembles including marching band, orchestra, wind ensembles, clarinet choir, and other chamber groups. Christine is excited to be joining the director team of the Fox Valley Youth Orchestra. She resides in Montgomery with her husband and daughter.

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