Amy Tonaki

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Instrument: cello
Joined In: 2005

Amy Lestina Tonaki is in her 19th year of teaching orchestra in the Sycamore School District in Sycamore, IL. Alongside her husband and colleague, Ken Tonaki, they jointly teach students in grades 4 to 12. Amy assumes the role as the middle school orchestra director, while Ken directs the high school orchestras. At the elementary level, they teach their specialty instruments with Amy  providing cello and bass lessons while Ken provides violin and viola lessons across all five elementary schools within the district. In 2006, Amy started an extracurricular ensemble, the Sycamore Jazz Strings. This innovative ensemble, combining middle school and high school orchestra students, provides students the opportunity to explore and perform alternative styles of music. In 2016, members of the Sycamore Middle School Orchestras served as a clinic/demonstration orchestra at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

Amy holds a bachelor degree in music education from Augustana College and a masters in music from Northern Illinois University. She is a member of MENC and ASTA/NSOA. She is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator around the state of Illinois.

Amy Lestina Tonaki enjoys playing the cello in the KSO, and in her spare time, enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, cuddling with her two cats and playing music with her family: husband Ken (violinist), son Evan (cellist), daughter Mia (violinist).