Fall Semester 2020 Class and Rehearsal Schedule

Our planned class and rehearsal schedule for the fall semester of 2020 is as follows:

3:30-4:10  Suzuki-Based Violin Class for 5- and 6-year-olds

3:30-4:15  Prelude – Cello & Bass

4:00-5:30  YSO Wind/Brass Ensemble

4:30-5:15  Overture Strings

4:30-5:15  Prelude – Violin & Viola

5:30-6:15  Intermezzo Orchestra

5:30-6:15  Prelude – Violin & Viola

6:30-8:00  YSO String Orchestra

Class times are subject to change based on enrollment and room availability. Classes will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 3600 W Purdue Ave., Muncie, IN 47304. YSO winds and brass will meet at the Ross Community Center,  1110 W 10th St, Muncie, IN 47302. Our first rehearsal will be August 31. Audition recordings should be sent prior to August 29. (See registration forms for more info.)

Guidelines specific to YSOECI are being developed and will be available by the first day of class/rehearsal. These will include:

  • Students will wear face masks or shields and will social distance as much as possible. Winds and brass players will be advised how to adapt their face coverings to accommodate playing. Bell covers will be encouraged.
  • Students in all classes except Suzuki will bring their own music stands to class/rehearsal.
  • Students using chairs will clean their own chairs after each use, utilizing cleaning supplies provided by YSOECI.
  • Students should wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the classroom.
  • Students should not attend class/rehearsal if exhibiting symptoms or if exposed to known carriers of Covid-19.
  • YSO will meet for 90 minutes with one short break (no snack). A string orchestra will meet separately from a wind/brass ensemble.
  • Students are encouraged to bring personal water bottles since drinking fountain use is not advisable.

Links to our registration forms are here.

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

Student Profile: Elliott Vogel

8th grade
Instrument: Violin
YSOECI program: YSO
Number of years playing violin: 5.5
Practicing over quarantine: I had more time to practice during Covid. Playing violin helps me de-stress.
Favorite composer: John Williams
Favorite pieces to play: Pirates of the Caribbean themes
Hobbies: reading, riding my bike, and puppeteering.

Staff Profile: Gwyn Harris

Gwyn Harris
Prelude Prep Assistant Director
BSU Senior (Public History & Anthropology dual major)

Primary instrument: Violin (13 years)
Other instruments you play: Viola

How has your practicing been going during the quarantine? “I decided to take this opportunity to refine my viola skills. I can’t say I sound great, but I’m having fun!”

Other hobbies or interests: “I love history, reading books, and teaching people of all ages. I also love my cats.”

“I have been involved with the YSOECI since I was 17. That’s five years! It brings me so much joy to see new and familiar faces every semester. Although I am not a music major or minor, I love to surround myself with music and I am lucky to be a part of such a wonderful asset to the community. The students’ hard work and willingness to connect, both to each other and to music, creates beautiful moments in rehearsal and performances which never fail to make me indescribably joyful and proud.”

Staff Profile: Casey Imel


Casey Imel
Prelude Director & YSO Coach
BSU Junior

Casey’s primary instrument is double bass, which he has been playing for eight years. He also plays cello and tuba. He says, “I’ve been trying to keep my practicing consistent during quarantine, trying to balance it with my job. My favorite things to do outside of music are cooking and watching Netflix! My favorite performance of mine is when I played the Koussevitzky bass concerto for my senior year in high school.”

Staff Profile: Andrew VanAsdall

Andrew VanAsdall
YSO Coach
BSU Junior


“Hi! My name is Andrew, and I play the French Horn. I’ve been playing the French Horn for eight years. I don’t just play the Horn though. I can also play the trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and the recorder too. I practice every day, and it is going extremely well. But I don’t just play music, I also have other things I love to do as well. I read a lot, I write articles and blogs, and I interpret the Spanish language for online companies. My favorite composer is probably Franz Joseph Haydn. I can’t wait to see you all next semester!”








Staff Profile: Alex Moss

Alex Moss
Prelude Coach and YSO Coach
BSU Sophomore

“I am going into my eighth year of cello playing. I played horn in concert band and bass in jazz band for 7 years. I am currently practicing a Handel sonata and some string crossing etudes. Recently I have begun running as a new hobby.”

Staff Goodbye: Megan Simmons


My name is Megan Simmons, and I’ve been playing violin for 12 years. I am 22 years old, and I will be attending the University of Oregon in the fall for a master’s in Violin Performance with a pedagogy specialization. I took a small break after my senior recital and am now working on specific technique in Dont etudes and Paganini Caprice No. 13, and I plan on learning some more Bach. To motivate myself to practice during quarantine, I watch YouTube videos of violinists like Kerson Leong and David Oistrakh since they have amazing tone. I spend a lot of time with my family and cats, and like to lie out in the sun when it’s out. I would like to thank everyone who has been with me through my undergrad journey at Ball State, and I am really going to miss my friends, staff, and students! I am sad I could not say a proper goodbye this senior year, but if anyone wants to talk this summer, I am free and would love that!

Staff profile: Radwan Khatib

Radwan Khatib
Prelude at Ross Center Director, Prelude Director, YSO Coach
BSU Junior

“My primary instrument is cello, and I’ve been playing for 8 years. I’m currently learning how to play and teach the violin. I’m 20 years old and a junior at Ball State. Practicing has definitely been a challenge during this quarantine. Having to practice during such uncertain times can feel unsettling, but playing my instrument has been a form of therapy. Being able to express myself through music has kept my mind clear and focused during quarantine. My other hobbies include drawing and painting.”



Student Profile: Meet Kalli

Grade: will be entering 7th grade
Instrument: Violin
YSOECI program: YSO
Number of years playing violin: 4
Also plays percussion in her school band

“During quarantine Kalli has worked privately with her Grandmother, who is a retired music teacher. She is also continuing her private lessons. Kalli is also involved in cross country, softball, dance and  robotics club. Kalli enjoys performing her violin in church performances as well as for community groups who enjoy music.”

Student Profile: Meet Lily

Age: 11 years old
Instrument: Violin
YSOECI program: Intermezzo
Number of years playing violin: 5

“During quarantine, I have continued private lessons over Zoom.  It has been kind of fun just walking to my room for a lesson!  I love playing fiddle songs.  My favorite concert ever was a Mamma Mia concert at Conner Prairie.  My other hobbies are gymnastics and arts and crafts.”