Dr. Matthew H. Spieker, Conductor of Youth Symphony Orchestra & Conductor of Intermezzo Orchestra

Matthew H. Spieker has been a music educator for nearly 30 years and has taught all levels of orchestra and general music in U.S. school districts of South Carolina and Colorado. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Spieker taught at the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin, Germany. Currently, he teaches at Ball State University as an assistant professor of music education with an emphasis on string/orchestral education.

Dr. Spieker’s school ensembles performed several times at Colorado’s state music convention and received numerous superior ratings at large group music festivals. They also toured Germany and Austria and received wonderful reviews and created lifelong friendships with students and teacher at the German Sinfonie Orchester der Musikschule Lüchow-Dannenberg.

Dr. Spieker is a guest clinician, adjudicator, and an orchestral all state/honor orchestra conductor throughout the United States including Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Utah, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, and South Carolina. He also worked abroad in cities including Brussels, Vienna, Geneva, and Beijing. And since 2000, Dr. Spieker has been the conductor of the Internationales Orchester Camp in Lüchow, Germany.

As a clinician, Dr. Spieker speaks to issues concerning string pedagogy, classroom culture/environment, recruiting, motivation, and more. He has presented at numerous state conferences and nationally at several American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) National Conferences, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Directors’ Academy, Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Dr. Spieker is also an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer (

Published articles include state music journals of Alabama and Oregon. National articles include NAfME’s Teaching Music, General MusicToday, Research Issues & Music Education, and Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Dr. Spieker’s research interests include string pedagogy, classroom culture/environment, figurative language, youth string musicians’ health, and music education history.

Dr. Spieker has been involved with professional communities of ASTA (American String Teachers Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), IMEA (Indiana Music Educators Association), CMEA (Colorado Music Educators Association), AMEA (Arizona Music Education Association), AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) and CMS (College Music Society).

Most current projects involve Ball State collaboration with the local Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana in which pre-service teachers are gaining teaching experience by working with YSOECI. Also, both BSU and YSOECI are actively volunteering in the community by teaching string instruments to students at Motivate our Minds, which is an after-school program in the Muncie community.

The best part of Dr. Spieker’s life is being a husband to Roberta, father to Brittney and Lyndsey, and now Grandad (Grumps) to his grandchildren.

Tiffany Janney Arnold, Executive Director & Suzuki Instructor

Tiffany is Executive Director of the YSOECI, an organization in which she played violin as a student in elementary through high school. She also teaches the YSOECI Suzuki-based violin class for 5- and 6-year-olds.  She brings a lifelong love of the arts, a dedication to the community, and a background in business management, all of which combine to further the musical education of young people. In addition to her responsibilities with the YSOECI, Tiffany is a Suzuki-certified violin teacher who teaches privately in Muncie, Indiana. In 2020, Tiffany was awarded Studio Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  Her Suzuki training (through Book 3) was with Linda Stieg, Roger Stieg, and Moshe Neumann.  She has done additional training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education and Music Mind Games, and is a board member of the Suzuki Association of Indiana.  Tiffany has also completed teacher training in the O’Connor Violin Method. She is a member of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and performs with other orchestras in the area.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Oberlin College, and has completed graduate studies in business. Primary teachers were Gregory Fulkerson, Dorothy Mauney, Stephen Clapp, and Kathleen Winkler. Additional chamber music studies were with Jeffrey Irvine and Andor Toth, Jr.

Levacy Quinn, Prelude Director & Violin Coach

Levacy Quinn is a junior year violinist studying Music Education with a focus in String and General music. She has been playing violin for over ten years and also has experience with percussion and trombone. She’s taught lessons to middle schoolers for two years in her hometown of New Albany, Indiana and led many small chamber ensembles in her high school. While at Ball State she has assisted in teaching the adult string group ‘New Horizons’ as well as sitting in on classes at Burris her sophomore year. This will be her first year leading a YSOECI class.

Ben Davis, Chamber Music Coach, Violin Coach, & Instruments Manager

Maddie Edwards, Overture Assistant Director

Casey Imel, Prelude Director & Bass Coach

Radwan Khatib, Prelude at Ross Center Director & YSO Assistant Director

Alex Moss, Prelude at Ross Center Assistant Director

Elisabeth Ohly-Davis, Overture & Intermezzo Director

Sarah Stoutamyer, Prelude at Motivate Our Minds Director, Intermezzo Assistant Director, & Violin Coach

Andrew VanAsdall, YSO Wind Coach

Maggie Kleinhenz, Prelude at Motivate Our Minds Director


Board Members

Jen Holst, President
Annie Nichols, Vice President
Scott Riggs, Treasurer
Louetta Dishman, Secretary
Tiffany Arnold, Executive Director
Matt Spieker, Artistic Director
Mya Ajanku
Lisa Carter
Cindee Cox
Doug Droste
David Gilliam
Jacqueline Hanoman
Valerie Helms-Mejia
Shanna Wenninger