Mailing Address
Youth Music Illinois
3601 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, Illinois 61604

Physical Location
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, Illinois 61604

Jeff McSweeney
Executive Director
c 309.678.6541

Jeff joined the Youth Symphony in January 2017. He lives in Peoria with his wife Mary. Jeff earned a Bachelor – Communication degree from Eureka College and a Master of Fine Arts – Photography degree from the Savannah College of Art & Design. In addition to his work for the Symphony, Jeff is an avid photographer and enjoys home renovations and travel.

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David Commanday
Music Director

Music Director of Youth Music Illinois, and Conductor of Youth Symphony, has conducted young musicians throughout his professional career. He is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra and Director of Instrumental Music at Eureka College.  Previous posts include Music Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and Boston Ballet, Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony, and Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted both professional and youth orchestras on four continents, the National and American Symphonies, the Israel Philharmonic, the Belgian Radio Orchestra, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra among them.  He has taught at Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, the Longy School of Music, Tanglewood, Virginia Commonwealth University, Montclair State, and Webster University.

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Rachel Rockhold
Program Manager

Rachel Rockhold is a seasoned marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience at OSF Healthcare, Bradley University and in her own marketing consulting company. Rachel grew up immersed in music, studying cello as a child and focusing on piano and voice through college and beyond. She is raising three young musicians and is passionate about the benefits of music education and participation for people of all ages. Rachel lives in Washington with her husband, Kevin and her three sons.