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!

You’re invited!

Please join us on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. in Sursa Hall for our Spring Concert and Silent Auction.  Performing will be our Suzuki Class for 5- and 6-year-olds, Prelude Orchestra, Intermezzo Orchestra, Chamber Program, and Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Graduating senior Emily West, the Leonard Atherton Concerto Competition Winner, will be performing Claude Debussy’s Danse Sacrée for Harp and String Orchestra.



Invitation design:  Mary Fernung and McCormack Printing Impressions, Inc.

Student Profile: Meet Giselle

Name: Giselle

Age: 18

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI Program: Youth Symphony Orchestra

Number of Years Playing: Ten Years

Number of Years in the YSO: Four years

Favorite Part about Playing the Violin: Being a part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra, because she likes the group aspect and being a part of something bigger.

Lessons learned from the YSO: Giselle appreciates the several types of music the YSO has offered, as well as the opportunity to play with people of different ages and performing at a variety of venues.

As a graduating high school senior, Giselle’s advice to her younger peers involved in the Youth Symphony is to always try new things, like instruments and musical styles. Giselle said, “the more interested I am in a subject, the better I am at it,” as she explained her idea that interest and curiosity fuel success as a musician.

Student Profile: Meet Kenna

Kenna (6)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Suzuki Prelude

Favorite color: Turquoise

School: Homeschool

Do you have siblings?: Two younger sisters

Favorite part of YSOECI: Getting her Bow Hold Buddy off this semester

Favorite songs: She likes to play faster songs and dance to slower songs

Student Profile: Meet Selah


Selah (5)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Suzuki Prelude

Favorite color: Orange

School: Homeschool

Family/ Siblings: Both a younger and older sister

Favorite part of YSOECI: Playing music games in class

Favorite part of playing the violin: How the violin sounds

Student Profile: Meet Madelyn

Madelyn (10)

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI Program: Advanced Prelude/Music Fundamentals Class

Length of time playing: one and a half years

Favorite part of playing the violin: How pretty it sounds

Favorite part of YSOECI: It’s a lot of fun!

Siblings: One younger sister

Favorite Color: Pink

Hobbies: Dancing

Favorite type/genre of music: She loves all kinds of music!