Stetson University

School of Music


The Young Singers

The Young Singers is a choral ensemble with a long history of musical artistry in performance. Singers from elementary, middle, and high school are welcome, including unchanged male voices. We focus on developing healthy vocal production through the performance of quality choral literature. Learning through making music is both powerful and enjoyable. Singers will explore music from different cultures and genres as well as practice the skills necessary to be successful in cooperation with other musicians.

Amanda Sali, Conductor

A former Children's Choir member herself, Amanda Sali has returned to Stetson University as director of the Young Singers. After graduating with her Bachelor of Music Education from Stetson University, she earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas. Amanda directed a high school choral program in Georgia for several years and assisted with the Gwinnett Young Singers program, including preparing them to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has extensive conducting experience with school, community and church choirs in Texas,Georgia and Florida.

  • Fall Semester: September through mid-December, beginning September 14
  • Rehearsals: Mondays from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuition: $125 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall 352
  • The fall concert will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in H. Douglas Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall.

More Information

For more information, please contact Amanda Sali at 386-279-9002 or


To register online, use the Community School of Music Registration form.


Individual lessons

Lessons are individually taught in Presser Hall (music building) on all orchestral and band instruments, guitar, piano, and voice. The age requirement for voice lessons is 15 and older.

  • Fall tuition (13 lessons): $260 with a degreed musician | $195 with a student
  • Location: All lessons are held in Presser Hall

Tuition covers 13 half-hour lessons which may be taken any time after you have registered and after the teacher has contacted you to schedule the lessons.


To register online, use the Community School of Music Registration form.


Kris Light, Level III Certified Orff Instructor

Kris earned her Level III Orff-Schulwerk certification in 1998, and is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.  She holds a Bachelor in Music Education degree from the University of Central Florida.  Kris has written curriculum standards for Volusia County Schools.  She is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association.

Kris has been a guest conductor for the All-County Music Festival and was recognized as one of the top five finalists for 2015 Volusia County Teacher of the Year.

What is Orff?

This internationally recognized approach, developed by the German composer and educator Carl Orff, combines movement, singing and the playing of instruments, such as xylophones and glockenspiels. Carl Orff believed that music can and should be an immediate and active experience. The rhythmic Orff approach emphasizes the value of group performance and is filled with clapping, moving and keeping a beat with anything near at hand. All the fun things children ages 3 to 9 love to do!

Fall 2015

  • Class begins Wednesday, August 26, and runs for 11 classes.
  • Times: Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. (ages 3-4); Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m. (ages 5-9)
  • Tuition: $120 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall room 113


To register online, use the Community School of Music Registration form.


Youth String Orchestra

Jacqueline Byl, Conductor

Jacqueline Byl is an alumnus of Stetson University with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. She studied violin with Professor Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez and conducting with Professor Anthony Hose. Ms. Byl has assisted with All-County orchestras and bands and volunteered with local public school music programs. She has performed with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, and the university orchestras at Stetson University.

The Youth String Orchestra is open to all school age string students, from beginners to advanced musicians. This ensemble provides an opportunity for string players, at any level, to improve their playing skill in a high energy, positive environment. Students will focus on their musicianship through the practice and performance of high quality, accessible repertoire. The students will perform on the stage of historic Elizabeth Hall in a concert at the conclusion of the fall semester. Violin, viola, cello and bass players are welcome. The Youth String experience will foster a love of music for string instrumentalists and provide a great time of learning how to be a part of an ensemble.  

  • Class begins Tuesday, September 1.
  • Times: Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $120 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall room 202C
  • Fall Concert:  Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. in H. Douglass Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall

Youth String Orchestra

The Community School's Youth String Orchestra is open to all school-age string players from beginning to advanced musicians.  


To register online, use the Community School of Music Registration form.

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