Jenny Collins is currently serving as the Jubilee Choir director. During her two years as the accompanist for Jubilee Choir, she began to appreciate this exciting age group of students who are no longer little ones but who are still very young at heart.
Jenny developed a love for music early on and has many fond memories of singing with her mom and sister growing up. She actively participated in music and drama during her high school years. Jenny graduated from Bradley University in 1998 with a degree in education.
Jenny now lives in Elmwood with her husband of 20 years, Jay, and their four children: Parker, Jackson, Braden, and Olivia. She has been a homeschool mom since 2006 and enjoys being a part of the great homeschool community in the Peoria area.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys reading, singing, playing the piano, having coffee with friends, and cheering on her kids in all of their activities. Jenny also leads a small group through her church, encouraging and equipping young ladies for family service.
Jenny appreciates Hosanna Homeschool Choir because of the families that comprise it and for the opportunities and friendships that it offers. She counts herself blessed to be able to serve as the Jubilee Choir director and also as choir board president.
Diane Wier serves as the Sonshine choir director, introducing our youngest singers to the wonder and joys of vocal music. She also assists our junior high and senior high students to participate in district choirs and solo and ensemble contest. In 2003, she and four other moms were instrumental in starting the choir we now call the Hosanna Homeschool Choir. Before taking the role of director, Diane served as board president and the Sonshine choir accompanist for several years.
The daughter of two music teachers, participating in music activities has been a way of life for her. She grew up playing instruments and singing in choirs. Her claim to fame is that she has shared the stage with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (violin) and Dr. Robert Shaw (vocal conductor). Currently, aside from teaching for Hosanna, she is active in her church’s music programs (worship, kids), plays the piano, and sings in the Peoria Area Civic Chorale.
Diane believes deeply the every child can sing - they just need to be nurtured and encouraged to do so. She enjoys teaching children to work hard, do their best, have fun and “make a joyful noise to the Lord”. Students in the Sonshine choir participate not only in singing, but also various games and activities to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of music.
Married to the love of her life, Jon, for 26+ years, they had 5 children and live on a farm just outside of Lacon. She has been homeschooling for 20+ years and can’t believe the last two are both in high school! In her spare time, Diane likes to read, bake, craft, drive the combine, take mission trips to Mexico and attend her children’s many activities.