What Parents Have to Say About Our Programs

About the Prelude Orchestra:

“Excellent value for money (especially with having more than one child enrolled). Really excellent quality of teaching, [the teacher] is calm, patient and encouraging, the kids are excited to come to class and are progressing.”

“I already appreciated the organized and professional instruction, opportunities and communication. Where they exceeded my expectations was when they worked with our feedback and reorganized the groups for the second semester to make the students’ experience even better.”

“My son was motivated to practice (without prompting from me), and enjoyed it.”

“Learning to play the violin has helped with my child’s confidence, as well as helping her to be a very well rounded young lady.”

“I think this is a great organization!”


About the Intermezzo Orchestra:

“It was a great experience for my daughter to play the violin in that environment. Learning about how an orchestra functions on stage was a lesson she will never forget.”

“Ms. Murphy encourages the kids to work hard and it pays off, the kids really progressed this year.”

“Mrs. Murphy is always positive and encouraging, and the college students who worked with her were also helpful.”

“Ms. Murphy is so patient and enthusiastic, she gets wonderful results. She has high expectations for the kids and is really good at bringing out the best in them.”

String Instrument Rentals


Did you know any of our students can rent a string instrument from YSOECI? If you’re not a current student, all you have to do is participate in one of our programs in order to rent a violin, viola, cello, or bass for $50 for the entire school year (September through May), plus a $25 security deposit. You can even extend your rental over the summer for an extra $25. Contact tiffanyjarnold@gmail.com for more information.

2016-2017 Season

Annyssa & Taylor

We are so excited to be preparing for the 2016-2017 season, and we invite you to be a part of it.

YSOECI rehearses Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. during the school year. Rehearsals for our Youth Symphony will be held in MU 117, Hargreaves Music Building, on the Ball State University campus.

Auditions will be held Monday, August 29, 2016, beginning at 4:00 p.m., in MU 117. Students should prepare a solo and a scale. Sightreading may also be requested.

Our first rehearsal of the season will be Monday, September 12, at 4:00 p.m.

Our two major concerts of the season have recently been scheduled, so please mark your calendars:

Sunday, November 13, 2016  3:00 p.m., Sursa Hall
Sunday, May 7, 2017  3:00 p.m., Sursa Hall

In addition to our Youth Symphony Orchestra, we also offer the Prelude Orchestra for beginning string students and the Intermezzo Orchestra for intermediate string students.

Please register for any of our three orchestras using these links:

Prelude Orchestra (beginning strings with zero to little experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass):


Intermezzo Orchestra (intermediate strings):


Youth Symphony (main orchestra – for more advanced strings and all other symphonic instruments):


Spring Concert & Silent Auction – April 24


Our Spring Concert will be Sunday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Sursa Hall on the Ball State University campus in Muncie. Our Prelude Orchestra will perform various traditional tunes, as well as an arrangement of Offenbach’s The Can-Can, and our Intermezzo Orchestra will perform Haydn’s St. Anthony Chorale, Handel’s Celebration, Frost’s El Sombrero, and Neebold’s A Knight’s Quest.  The Youth Symphony Orchestra will present works by Steven Bryant, Johannes Brahms, Ottorino Respighi, and Georges Bizet.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are needed. Families are welcome.

The Intermezzo Orchestra is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.  Student scholarships were funded by Psi Iota Xi – Alpha Chapter, Tri Kappa, and the Star Press Children’s Charities.  Funding for the Save the Instruments Project, in which instruments donated by the Muncie Community Schools and others have been restored and refurbished, was provided by the George and Frances Ball Foundation, the D’Addario Foundation, the Muncie Altrusa Foundation, the Ball Brothers Foundation, and the Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Fund and the Beulah M. Frogge Fund at the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.

We will also be holding a Silent Auction in conjunction with our Spring Concert. Proceeds will go toward student programming. Items up for auction include the following:

Duet Dance & Activewear: $20 gift card

Conner Prairie: 4 guest passes

Victory Honda: 1 gift certificate for auto detailing

Victory Honda: 2 books of car wash certificates

Victory Honda: Self-detail package

Victory Honda: 1 gift certificate for oil change

Kings Island: 2 admission passes

AAA: Family membership certificate

Drew Tretick “Cinema Classics” compact disc

Indianapolis Motor Speedway t-shirt and hat

University Theatre and Dance: 4 ticket vouchers

Tastefully Simple package

Claudia G clutch

Muncie Children’s Museum: Family membership

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre: 1 admission

Marengo Cave: 2 tickets to Crystal Palace Tour, Dripstone Trail Tour, canoe trip

Masterworks Chorale: ticket vouchers

Indiana State Museum: 2 tickets

Minnetrista: Family membership

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: 2 tickets

Painted violins by Tambra White, Elaine Janney, and Lucy Arnold

Walt Disney World: 4 Park Hopper Passes

Indianapolis Indians: 4 box seats

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: 2 admission passes

Indianapolis Zoo: 2 admission passes & parking

Indiana Caverns: 2 tour tickets

Organize This: Basket & card cubby

Cincinnati Reds: 4 view level or 2 terrace line tickets

Sky Zone Ft. Wayne: 4 60-minute jump passes

Dairy Queen: 7 small soft serve cone certificates

Wendy’s: 18 Frosty certificates

Chocolate Raspberry Bars by Marian Cooley

Chicago Cubs: David Ross autographed ball

YSOECI Partnership with BSU School of Music and Motivate Our Minds


Through the support of the Ball State University School of Music, YSOECI will be partnering with Motivate Our Minds for the 2015-2016 school year. This project will enable selected students from Motivate Our Minds to participate in the Prelude Orchestra. These students will experience being on the Ball State University campus alongside other YSOECI students in the beginning strings program. This initiative is an effort by the BSU School of Music to reach out to underserved children in the Muncie community through the YSOECI.