It’s #GivingTuesday!


On this #GivingTuesday, give children the gift of music!

The actual cost of our programs is $381 per child, which is far more than the $125 per child we charge in tuition. Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise the actual program cost for 10 children.

Please support the Youth Symphony, and allow us to reach children who might otherwise never learn to play an instrument and make music.

You can donate any number of ways:

  1. Text to donate by sending GIVEKIDSMUSIC to 44321
  2. Donate at our Facebook fundraiser
  3. Donate via PayPal by sending your donation to
  4. Mail a check to YSOECI, P.O. Box 1463, Muncie, IN 47308
  5. Click a Donate button at the top of this page or on the right side of this page

Thank you for your support!

Student Profile: Meet Dakota



Age:  7

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Suzuki 

Favorite color: Blue 

School: Home school

Siblings: He has one sister

Favorite part of class: Playing the violin

Favorite song:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat 

Interesting/fun fact: Likes playing Pac-Man 

You’re invited!

Please join us on Sunday, December 2, at 3:00 p.m. in Sursa Hall for our Fall Concert and Silent Auction.  Performing will be our Suzuki-Based Class for 5- and 6-year-olds, Prelude Orchestra, Overture Strings, Intermezzo Orchestra, and Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Silent Auction Fall 2018

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 on December 2:

Cooking & Baking
Brownies by Elaine Janney
Challah by Shayna’s Challah
Banana bread by Shannon Powers

Composition lessons from Jody Nagel
Music Mind Games educational items
Violin lessons from Tiffany Arnold

Experiences & Entertainment
Escape Muncie passes
Indiana Medical History Museum passes
Indianapolis 500 Qualification Days tickets
Indianapolis Indians tickets
Muncie Children’s Museum family membership
Perfect North Slopes weekday lift tickets
Paoli Peaks lift tickets with rental

Gifts & Miscellaneous
Forever Baskets $25 gift certificate
Millbrook Tree Farm gift basket
Painting from Foister’s Flowers and Gifts
Pampered Chef items

Music & Theatre

BSU Nutcracker tickets
BSU Winnie the Pooh tickets
Drew Tretick “Cinema Classics” CD
Magic Rosin
Muncie Ballet Studio’s “The Children’s Nutcracker” tickets
Muncie Symphony Orchestra tickets
Richmond Symphony Orchestra tickets
Strings Fun and Easy viola book

Culver’s Free Custard for a Year
The Barking Cow gift basket and gift certificates

Chameleon Hair Salon $75 gift certificate
Kishel Photography package and accordion book set
Lotus Wellness Center $50 gift card
Toyota of Muncie gift cards
Wagglebottoms Kennels & Cattery gift basket

Sports & Fitness

Indianapolis Colts t-shirt, jersey, and other items
Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis signed mini helmet (from Toyota of Muncie)
and more!

We are so pleased to have earned a 2018 Top-Rated award from GreatNonprofits!
Thank you to the reviewers and supporters who helped us achieve this goal.

First Rehearsal on Monday, August 27, 2018

Our first day of rehearsals and classes will be Monday, August 27.

Rehearsal schedule will be:

3:20-4:00 Suzuki, Hargreaves 401
Director: Tiffany Arnold

4:10-5:05 Violin/Viola Prelude (Détaché), Hargreaves 401
Director: Emily McCroskey

5:10-6:05 Violin/Viola Prelude (Martellé), Hargreaves 401
Director: Megan Simmons

3:45-4:40 Cello & Bass Prelude, Hargreaves 405
Director: Ariya Marr

Overture Strings
3:45-4:40, Hargreaves 117
Director: Matt Spieker
Assistant Director: Julie Stuckert

Intermezzo Strings
4:45-5:45, Hargreaves 117
Director: Matt Spieker
Assistant Director: Jessica Joyner

Youth Symphony Orchestra
6:00-8:00, Hargreaves 117
Director: Matt Spieker
Assistant Director: Ian Elmore




Auditions for the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Intermezzo Orchestra will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018, between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. in Hargreaves Music Building, Room 117, on the Ball State University campus.  All YSO students should audition, and only students new to Intermezzo should audition.

Students should prepare a scale and a solo, and may also be asked to play a short sight-reading selection.  Please contact to sign up for an audition time.

Save With Our Early Bird Discount


You can save $10 off our full-year tuition charge of $125 if you register and pay by August 1, 2018. Register for our Suzuki-Based Violin Class for 5- and 6-year-oldsPrelude Orchestra, Overture StringsIntermezzo Orchestra, or Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Contact Tiffany Arnold at with any questions.

Payment of $115 may be sent via PayPal or postal mail to YSOECI, P.O. Box 1463, Muncie, IN 47308. Checks may be made payable to YSOECI.  Note student’s name and “tuition” on the memo line.

And don’t forget that we offer string instrument rentals to any student participating in our programs.  Violin, viola, cello, and bass are available for $50 for the school year (or $25 per semester), plus a $25 security deposit.  Limited availability of smaller size instruments.

Student Profile: Meet Max



Age:  7

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Prelude 

Favorite color: Green 

School: Burris

Siblings: He has two sisters 

Favorite part of YSOECI: Playing in the concerts 

Favorite part of class: Playing the games 

Interesting/fun fact: Likes dancing 

Rehearsal and Class Times for 2018-2019

Rehearsal and class times for 2018-2019 have been updated:

3:20-4:00 Suzuki Violin Class for 5- and 6-year-olds with Director Tiffany Arnold

Prelude Orchestra
3:45-4:40 Cello Prelude with Director Heather Scott
4:00-4:55 Bass Prelude, MU 103
4:10-5:05 Violin/Viola Prelude
5:10-6:05 Violin/Viola Prelude

Overture Strings
3:45-4:40 with Director Matt Spieker

Intermezzo Orchestra
4:45-5:45 with Director Matt Spieker

Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO)
6:00-8:00 with Conductors Matt Spieker and Ian Elmore

Please see our About page for more details about each orchestra. See our Prospective Members page to register for a specific orchestra.