Dr. Matthew H. Spieker, Conductor of Youth Symphony Orchestra & Conductor of Intermezzo Orchestra
Matthew H. Spieker has been a music educator for 25 years having taught all levels of orchestra and general music in U.S. school districts of South Carolina and Colorado, and from 2005 to 2007 Dr. Spieker taught internationally at the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin, Germany. In 2013 he worked at the University of Arizona, Fred Fox School of Music and in 2016 at Ball State University as assistant professor music 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 the German Sinfonie Orchester der Musikschule Lüchow-Dannenberg.
Dr. Spieker has also been a conductor and adjudicator throughout the United States and around the world including Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Hampshire, New York and South Carolina, and in cities abroad including Brussels, Vienna, Geneva and Beijing. 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, music education advocacy, recruiting, motivation and more. He has presented at Arizona, Colorado and New Hampshire’s State Music Education conferences and nationally at the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) National Conference, Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Published articles include state music journals of Alabama and Oregon and nationally with NAfME’s Teaching Music and General Music Today. Dr. Spieker’s research interests include youth string musicians’ health, string pedagogy, advocacy, and music education history.
Dr. Spieker has been involved with professional communities of ASTA (American String Teachers Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), CMEA (Colorado Music Educators Association), AMEA (Arizona Music Education Association), AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) and CMS (College Music Society).
Dr. Spieker holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s of Music Education degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and a Doctorate of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
The best part of Dr. Spieker’s life is being a husband, father and now Grandad (or Grumps) to a loving and supportive family.
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. Her Suzuki training (through Book 3) was with Linda Stieg, Roger Stieg, and Moshe Neumann. She has done additional training in Music Mind Games. 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.
Megan Simmons, Prelude Director
Megan Simmons is a junior at Ball State University studying Violin Performance with Professor Anna Vayman. She is from South Bend, Indiana and has been playing the violin for ten years. Since freshman year, she has worked with the YSOECI and is now a Prelude Director. This past summer, she was a camp assistant and concertmistress at Benefic Chamber Music Camp. She performs with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and the Ball State University Camerata, and was recently credited on Sutton Foster’s new album “Take Me to the World.” She teaches private lessons and is the Ball State Orchestra Librarian. She loves teaching and performing, and is thinking about dual majoring in Violin Performance and Music Education for her master’s degree.
Sarah Hersey, President
Elizabeth Driscoll, Treasurer
Tim Berg, Secretary
Tiffany Arnold, Executive Director
Matt Spieker, Conductor