YSOECI featured in Indiana Public Radio story

Thanks to Indiana Public Radio and reporter Henry Davis for sharing the news about our mission:

Community Youth Orchestra Keeps Strings Instruments Alive Locally

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By Henry Davis | Published on

For students who play instruments, marching band and jazz band are popular offerings at high schools around the country.  But school orchestras are fewer in number.  That’s where locally organized groups, like the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana, come in.  As part of a Ball State University class focused on arts journalism, reporter Henry Davis gives us a look inside.

The Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana gives students in Muncie, and across the state, the opportunity to learn strings instruments at different levels.

“We want to educate and inspire children of all ages, elementary through high school to learn about music and to love music,” executive director Tiffany Arnold says.

The orchestra provides classes for students at three different levels: Prelude for beginners, Intermezzo for intermediates and Youth Symphony for advanced students.  Any student between the ages of 5 and 18 can join any of the three levels, based on his/her skill level.

“The Youth Symphony very much wants to reach all children of the community, not just children who already play musical instruments. We want to reach students who have never played, but would love to play,” Arnold says.

The orchestra performs regularly at Ball State and this year had the opportunity to perform at Cornerstone Center for the Arts for the first time.

Ball State assistant professor by day and Youth Symphony Director by night, Matthew Spieker spends his Monday evenings teaching the orchestras new songs.

“In this community, this is, like, vital to the area.  At other places I’ve been, they had really strong school programs.  It wasn’t so necessary to have a youth orchestra because the schools actually had them,” he says.  “In this community, that’s not an issue.  So, I feel like what’s really neat about what we’re doing is we’re actually providing something that other people aren’t.

Emily West is a home-schooled senior in high school and has played the harp in the orchestra for the past four years.

“I think, the most important thing is sharing with other people,” West says. “You’re sharing music, but you can also learn to share other areas of your life by giving to the community.”

Cornerstone Benefit Concert

Please join us at Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Friday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. for our Benefit Concert in E.B. Ball Auditorium.  All of our orchestras will be performing.  Suggested donation is $5 per family or $2 per person.  Holiday Show & Sale will be 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Colonnade Room.  With many thanks to our Program Sponsors:



You’re invited!

Please join us on Sunday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. in Sursa Hall for our Fall 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.

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Auditions for the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Intermezzo Orchestra will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. in Hargreaves Music Building, Room 117, on the Ball State University campus.

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


New Chamber Program to begin in August



With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, YSOECI will launch its new Chamber Program.  Students of all levels and instruments will be able to participate in small chamber ensembles (quartets, trios, etc.), coached by Ball State undergraduate students.  They will meet weekly with their coach at rehearsal times set by group members, and will have performance opportunities throughout the year.  The Chamber Program is open to any YSOECI student for an add-on fee of $25 per semester.  Register for the Chamber Program along with your regular program registration:

Prelude Orchestra

Intermezzo Orchestra

Youth Symphony Orchestra


Save with our Early Bird Discount

Save $10 off the full-year tuition charge of $125 by doing two things:

  1. Register for Prelude Orchestra, Intermezzo Orchestra, or Youth Symphony Orchestra.
  2. Mail payment of $115 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.


Silent Auction Spring 2017


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 few hundred dollars. Here are some of this season’s items, which will be available for auction on May 7:


Chick-fil-A gift basket

2 MCL Cafeteria meal cards

8 Jimmy John’s sub cards

Clothing & Bedding

Music-themed headbands

Baby blanket handmade by Jackie Spieker

Duet Dance & Activewear $25 gift card

Experiences & Entertainment

4 Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes

2 Epic Escape Game one-person gift certificates

2 Kings Island passes

4 Conner Prairie admission passes

2 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis passes

4 Indiana Medical History Museum passes

2 Holiday World admission passes

4 AMC Theatres community passes

2 Indiana Caverns tour tickets


Cornerstone Center for the Arts class gift certificate

Cornerstone Center for the Arts 3 lessons gift certificate

3 Violin lessons from Marian Cooley

3 Violin lessons from Sarah Hersey

Harmony Dance Studios 5 private dance lessons gift certificate

Harmony Dance Studios Youth Swing & Salsa dance camp certificate

Zoobooks subscription

Cooking & Baking

Chocolate Raspberry Bars by Marian Cooley

Homebaked bread by Tim Hollems

Auntie Anne’s pretzel baking kit

Blondie’s Cookies gift box

Sourdough bread by Roberta Spieker


American Girl Truly Me doll

Painted violin by Tambra White

Stampin’ Up! Scrapbooking supplies

Handmade cards by Roberta Spieker

Indianapolis Colts bracelet

Music & Performances

Drew Tretick CD

2 Muncie Civic Theatre Seussical the Musical tickets


2 Victory Honda car wash booklets

2 Picaboo $50 gift certificates

My Go To Guy handyman services (2 hours)

Five Star Driver Education $100 gift certificate

Chameleon Salon gift card

University Dermatology facial & massage gift certificate

Sports & Fitness

4 Indianapolis Indians box seat tickets

5 Climb Time Indy passes

YWCA 6-month membership


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