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.



Student Profile: Meet Elliott



Age:  11

Instrument: Violin 

YSOECI program: Intermezzo Orchestra

Number of years playing violin: 3 

Favorite thing about playing the violin: Learning and playing new songs 

Favorite thing about Intermezzo: Playing in the concerts 

Favorite color: Purple

Hobbies: Reading — currently reading A Wrinkle in Time

Favorite type/genre of music: Likes to listen to Switchfoot along with classical music

Siblings: 1 brother 

Interesting/fun fact: Likes physics. Favorite sports team is the Cubs, and favorite player is Anthony Rizzo

Overture Strings


Announcing Overture Strings, an ensemble for violin, viola, cello, and bass students who have played their instruments for about one year. Overture Strings will rehearse on Mondays from 3:45 to 4:40, beginning in late August. We are grateful to the George and Frances Ball Foundation for their generous support of Overture Strings.

Student Profile: Meet Wesley



Age: 8

Instrument: Violin

YSOECI program: Prelude

School: Homeschooled 

Grade: 3rd 

Favorite part of YSOECI: Hearing the music 

Favorite part of class: Getting to play the violin

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite thing to do: Play the violin 

Interesting/fun fact: His favorite baseball team is the Cubs, and his favorite player is Chris Bryant 

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