History

Founded in 1964, the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana bring together young musicians from Delaware and surrounding counties to provide weekly orchestral experiences specifically tailored for students. The mission of YSOECI is to provide weekly musical experiences and education for young musicians through its programs and activities, which include concerts, rehearsals, special events, and field trips.

YSOECI holds rehearsals and classes on Mondays between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. during the school year. Rehearsals are held in Hargreaves Music Building, on the Ball State University campus.

Orchestras

YSOECI’s ambition is to develop the musical talent and nurture the personal growth of young people in Muncie and East Central Indiana through the rehearsal and performance of orchestral masterworks, both traditional and contemporary.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is open to advanced players of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and harp instruments.  Students in the Youth Symphony Orchestra should have strong proficiency in reading music and should be of sufficient behavioral and emotional maturity to concentrate and participate in a weekly, two hour rehearsal held on Monday afternoons, typically from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Led by Conductors Matt Spieker and Matthew Cooperman, YSO is an advanced orchestral experience intended for students who have had previous orchestral or ensemble experience.  Placement in the orchestra is by audition.

Participation in YSO is not intended to replace school or private music lessons.

Intermezzo Orchestra

The Intermezzo Orchestra is open to intermediate players of string instruments.  Intermezzo students should have proficiency reading notes on all four strings in first position and should be of sufficient behavioral and emotional maturity to concentrate and participate in a weekly, one hour rehearsal held on Monday afternoons, typically from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Led by Matt Spieker, the Intermezzo Orchestra is an intermediate orchestral experience who wish to further develop their skills in this area.  Placement in the orchestra is by audition.

Participation in the Intermezzo Orchestra is not intended to replace school or private music lessons.

Prelude Orchestra

The Prelude Orchestra is a beginning stringed instrument education program in which students with zero to little exposure to string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass) are offered weekly instruction in small 40-minute classes of 5-10 students. Instruction is by Dr. Irina Mueller. Students participate in both a 40-minute instrument instruction class and a 40-minute music fundamentals class each week.

Suzuki-Based Violin Class

The Suzuki-based violin class for 5- and 6-year-olds is a beginning violin class that employs Suzuki method teaching techniques and principles. Children focus on technique, beginning music reading, listening and aural learning, and the joy of making music.  Suzuki-certified violin instructor, Tiffany Arnold, teaches this 40-minute class of 10 or fewer children.