Student Profile: Meet Parker


Age: 7

Instrument: Violin and piano

YSOECI program: Prelude

Favorite color: Purple 

School: Burris, 1st grade

Siblings: Older sister 

Favorite part of YSOECI: Hearing the music 

Favorite part of class: Playing games 

Favorite song: Look What You Made Me Do, by Taylor Swift 

Interesting/Fun Fact: He loves listening to Taylor Swift 

Student Profile: Meet Josiah

Josiah Hotmire
Age: 11
Instrument: Violin
Group: Intermezzo
Favorite Thing About Playing Violin: The different kinds of music
Favorite Thing About Playing in the Orchestra: Hearing all the instruments combined

Student Profile: Meet Catie


Age: 7 

Instrument: Violin 

YSOECI program: Prelude

Favorite color: Mint green 

School: Burris 

Grade: 2nd 

Siblings: One brother 

Favorite part of YSOECI: Getting to play the violin

Favorite part of playing the violin: Listening to the music she creates when playing her violin

Fun Fact: She loves to dance to Taylor Swift

Favorite song: “Look What You Made Me Do,” by Taylor Swift

Student Profile: Meet Sala

Age: 12
Instrument: Bass
Favorite Thing About Playing the Bass: How loud it is
Favorite Thing About Playing in the Orchestra:
When you mess up, there are other people to help cover it up

Youth Symphony will play side-by-side with Muncie Symphony

Please join us on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium for a Muncie Symphony – Youth Symphony side-by-side concert.  For the first piece on the program, Bellini’s Overture to Norma, Youth Symphony students will play next to the professional musicians of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.  The concert will also include Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, featuring MSO Young Artist Competition winner Phillip Shou, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Titan).  Tickets may be ordered in advance or purchased at the box office.


Joint Concert with ECICO on Saturday, April 7

Please join us in Southside Middle School Auditorium on Saturday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. for our Joint Concert with the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra (ECICO).  The Youth Symphony Orchestra will be performing, and graduating senior Emily West, the Leonard Atherton Concerto Competition Winner, will be performing Claude Debussy’s Danse Sacrée for Harp and String Orchestra.

Student Profile: Meet Alyssa

Name: Alyssa

Age: 14

YSOECI Program: Youth Symphony Orchestra

Instrument: French Horn

Length of Time Playing: Three years

Years in the YSO: One

Alyssa’s favorite part about playing an instrument is seeing how her music makes people feel. She has a musical family but was inspired to play the French horn by her middle school band. Alyssa says the Youth Symphony has improved her musical ability by teaching her new techniques and improving her articulation on the French horn.

Student Profile: Meet Benjamin

Name: Benjamin

Age: 15

YSOECI Program: Youth Symphony Orchestra

Instrument: Violin

Number of years playing:  9

Number of years in the YSO:  6

Benjamin comes from a musical family and likes the variety of music the Youth Symphony performs. He enjoys the quick change from delicate music to more high-energy pieces like Gliere’s “Russian Sailors Dance,” a piece that the Youth Symphony will play for their 2018 Spring concerts. Benjamin explains that the Youth Symphony has taught him how to play in a group setting, which is something he hadn’t done before joining the YSO.

Spring Concert & Silent Auction

Please join us at Sursa Performance Hall on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. for our Spring Concert and Silent Auction.  All of our orchestras will be performing, and Emily West will be performing Debussy’s Danse Sacrée for Harp and String Orchestra as the Leonard Atherton Concerto Competition winner.

  Admission is free, and no tickets are needed.  With many thanks to our Program Sponsor, Midas of Muncie:

Silent Auction Spring 2018

One of the fun 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 a little over a hundred dollars. Here are some of this season’s items, which will be available for auction on March 18:

Duet Dance & Activewear gift card

Cooking & Baking
Brownies by Elaine Janney
Homebaked bread by Tim Hollems

Violin lessons from Sarah Hersey
YMCA swim lessons

Experiences & Entertainment
Cave Country canoe rental
Conner Prairie tickets
Ft. Wayne Children’s Zoo tickets
Holiday World tickets
Indiana Caverns passes
Indianapolis Zoo tickets
Indiana State Museum tickets
Kings Island tickets
Minnetrista Explorer membership

Gifts & Miscellaneous
2-in-1 bird feeder from Hi-Way 3 Hardware
Alex and Grey hand-died scarf
American Girl doll
Chinese tea set
Garden Center gift basket
Himalayan Salt Lamp
LED flashlight from Jack’s Camera Shop
Mary Kay gift basket, donated by YWCA
PetSmart fish tank kit

Music & Theatre

Drew Tretick Cinema Classics CD
Magic Rosin
Muncie Civic Theatre tickets
Muncie Music Center gift cards
Music-themed coffee mug & t-shirts
Strings Fun & Easy books
University Theatre Cinderella tickets

Bird’s Smokehouse BBQ gift cards
Chick-fil-A gift card
Jack’s Donuts gift card

Clancy’s Car Wash & Village Bowl gift cards
Crew Car Wash gift basket
Dandelions gift card
Teeth Whitening System from Great Lakes Family Dental
Vogue Cleaners gift certificates

Sports & Fitness

Cincinnati Reds tickets
Ft. Wayne Tin Caps cap & bag
Indiana Pacers Al Jefferson autographed hat
Indiana Fever autographed notebook
Chicago Cubs Justin Grimm autographed photo
and more!