Student Profile: Meet Dylan

Dylan
Grade: 6th grade in the fall
Instrument: Violin
YSOECI program: Intermezzo
Number of years playing violin: 2
Also plays piano

How has practicing been going during quarantine?
He’s practicing every other day and taking private Zoom lessons.

Other hobbies or interests:
“I love to read, go on bike rides; I love interesting facts about nature and science.
I love to know how and why things are made.”

Other details you wish to share (favorite pieces or concerts):
“I have a 6 month old shihpoo named Bentley. I enjoy Symphony on the Green, and
I enjoy playing Star Wars music.”

Student Profile: Meet Gabriella

Gabriella
Grade: will be entering 7th grade in the fall
Instrument: Violin
YSOECI program: YSO
Number of years playing violin: 5
Hobbies: Roller skating and kite flying

Gabriella is continuing with her regular daily practice during quarantine, and says, “I like playing pieces from Vivaldi and the All State Concert in Fort Wayne 2020.” She was recently the Junior Instrumental Winner in the Muncie Junior Festival District Play-offs.

Student Profile: Meet Sami

Sami
Grade: will be entering 8th grade in the fall
Instrument: Violin
YSOECI program: YSO
Number of years playing violin: 4
Number of years in YSO: 2
Also plays the piano and has been doing so since she was age 6
Hobbies: Crafts and playing with her friends

Student Profile: Meet Caitlin

 

Caitlin
Grade: finishing 7th grade
Instrument: Violin & Viola
YSOECI program: YSO
Number of years playing violin: 7
Number of years playing viola: 1
Hobbies: Travel, reading, cooking, writing

Anything you’re looking forward to?
“I love TwoSet and can’t wait to see them live.”

How is practicing going during the quarantine?
“Practicing is going well and I still have lessons every week on both instruments.”

 

At the Opera Garnier in Paris

YSOECI cancels rehearsals & classes through May

In light of present health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana (YSOECI) will suspend rehearsals, classes, and concerts through the end of May. We are currently exploring options for online/virtual learning for our various programs, and we will be contacting students by ensemble as those online opportunities are ready to launch.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging and unexpected situation. YSOECI will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from state, local, and federal leaders.

String Intensive Workshop – February 8, 2020

 

String Intensive Workshop
Saturday, February 8, 2020 

Westminster Presbyterian Church
2801 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie, IN 47304

●  10:00-12:00 am for younger students (Suzuki, Prelude, and Overture)
●  11:00-12:00 for Suzuki and very young students (violins ages 5-6)
●  10:00-1:30 for older students (Intermezzo and YSO)
●  Free pizza lunch provided at 12:00 (younger students invited)
●  Students will build string skills, working in large and small groups, with instruction by Dr. Matt Spieker & Partnership Program teachers
●  Suzuki students will play group violin and music reading games, working with Tiffany Arnold
●  Registration is free, so invite a friend (who already studies a string instrument). This event is open to ALL students ages Kindergarten through high school, not just YSOECI students! String instruments included are violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Contact Tiffany Arnold with questions at tarnold@ysoeci.com or 765-702-7529.

Register here.

String Intensive Workshop – January 25, 2020

 

String Intensive Workshop
Saturday, January 25, 2020 

Westminster Presbyterian Church
2801 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie, IN 47304

●  10:00-12:00 am for younger students (Suzuki, Prelude, and Overture)
●  11:00-12:00 for Suzuki and very young students (violins ages 5-6)
●  10:00-1:30 for older students (Intermezzo and YSO)
●  Free pizza lunch provided at 12:00 (younger students invited)
●  Students will build string skills, working in large and small groups, with instruction by Dr. Matt Spieker & Partnership Program teachers
●  Suzuki students will play group violin and music reading games, working with Tiffany Arnold
●  Registration is free, so invite a friend (who already studies a string instrument). This event is open to ALL students ages Kindergarten through high school, not just YSOECI students! String instruments included are violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Contact Tiffany Arnold with questions at tarnold@ysoeci.com or 765-702-7529.

Register here.

Silent Auction Fall 2019

One of the cherished traditions of YSOECI is our biannual silent auctions. In conjunction with each of our concerts in the fall and spring, we hold a silent auction. Items available range in price from just a few dollars to more than a hundred dollars. Here are some of this season’s items, which will be available for auction at our November 17 concert:

Cooking & Baking
Brownies by Elaine Janney

Education
Suzuki Sprouts classes from Tiffany Arnold
Violin lessons from Tiffany Arnold
Violin lessons from Sarah Hersey

Experiences & Entertainment
Perfect North Slopes lift tickets
Muncie Children’s Museum family membership
Indiana State Museum family membership
Indiana Medical History Museum admission tickets
Museum of Miniatures admission tickets
Let There Be Art gift card

Gifts & Miscellaneous
Millbrook Tree Farm gift basket
Redeem, Renew, Resew hair bows
Toys Forever books
Pampered Chef Electric wine opener, chiller, cheese board & fork set from Bethany Raymond
Canoe Country gift
Cadenza Strings t-shirt – “Slow Practice”
Drawings by Louetta Dishman
Wooden tree from Nanci & Kirk Perry
Murray’s Jewelers gift card

Restaurants
Culver’s Free Custard for a Year
Amazing Joe’s gift certificates
Gift card bouquet – Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Fresh Thyme
Cooper’s Hawk Winery Lux Wine Tasting for 4

Music & Theatre

Muncie Symphony Orchestra family 4-pack
Lindsey Stirling Artemis CD, signed poster, & water bottle
Pirastro Goldflex rosin & Vision Titanium violin strings from Encore Orchestral
Indianapolis Violins gift cards
Muncie Ballet Studio Nutcracker family pass
Music Teacher Barbie from Sarah Hersey

Sports & Fitness
Indianapolis Motor Speedway IndyCar Grand Prix race tickets
Indiana Pacers Thaddeus Young autographed hat
WNBA Indiana Fever Kelsey Mitchell autographed jersey

and more!

A Clarinets GoFundMe Project

Please support our very own Dr. Matt Spieker as he aims to raise $13,000 by running the Monumental Marathon on November 9 (his 53rd birthday)!

 

A Clarinets for YSOECI Project – GoFundMe

Audition Signup

Interested in playing in the Youth Symphony Orchestra or Intermezzo Orchestra?

Auditions will be August 24 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. in Hargreaves Music Building. Sign up for an audition at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4faeab2fa6f94-audition2. Or report to Room 117 to sign up for an audition time on the day of auditions, but we cannot guarantee the availability of audition slots. Students should prepare a solo and a scale and be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt. Please contact tarnold@ysoeci.com with any questions.

All YSO students should audition, and any student new to Intermezzo should audition.