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

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

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.”

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.