Stetson University

School of Music


The Young Singers

Amanda Sali, Conductor

The Young Singers is a treble choir composed of elementary, middle school and high school voices. The mission of the choir is to provide a quality music education experience focusing on healthy vocal production, music reading skills, and musical artistry through performance. The choir has performed at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Director's Association, the Music Educators National Conference and the National Orff-Schulwerk Association.

A former Children's Choir member herself, Amanda Sali has returned to Stetson University as director of the Young Singers. Amanda sang with the choir for seven years while attending Volusia County schools. She became a music major at Stetson University where she conducted the Children's Choir as an intern. After earning a bachelor of music education degree in choral music, she earned a master of music in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.  She directed a high school choral program for several years in Georgia and assisted with the Gwinnett Young Singers program, including preparing them to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  She has extensive conducting experience with youth choirs in Georgia, Texas and Florida.

  • Spring semester:  January through May
  • Rehearsals: Mondays from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuition: $192.50 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall 352
  • The spring concert will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in H. Douglas Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall.

More Information

For more information, please contact Claudia Gatewood at 386-822-8962 or or Amanda Sali at


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.

  • Spring 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!

Spring 2015

  • Class begins Monday, January 12, and runs for 11 classes.
  • Times: Mondays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. (ages 3-4); Mondays 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

Stephanie Sandritter and Sandra Hill, Conductors

Stephanie Sandritter is an orchestra director and music educator in the Orange County public schools.  A graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, she studied cello with Professor Gregory Sauer and conducting with Dr. Patrick Dunnigan. 

Sandra Hill first became involved with the Youth String Orchestra as a Stetson music major.  She graduated from Stetson with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Since graduaiton, Sandra has been teaching in the Volusia County school system.  

The Youth String Orchestra is open to all school age string students, beginning to advanced.  This ensemble provides an opportunity for string players, at any level, to improve their playing skill in a high energy, positive environment.  The students will perform on the stage of historic Elizabeth Hall at the conclusion of the spring semester.  Violin, viola, cello, and bass players are welcome.  The Youth String experience will foster a love of music for string instruments and provide a great time of learning how to play in an ensemble. 

  • Class begins Wednesday, January 21.
  • Times: Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $120 per semester
  • Location: Presser Hall room 202C
  • Spring concert:  Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in H. Douglass Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall

Prelude Orchestra | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Prelude Orchestra is open to newer string players from beginning to lower-level intermediate abilities.  Students in Essential Elements boo 1 or Suzuki books 1 or 2 are well suited for this ensemble.

Symphonic Strings | 6:30-6:30 p.m.

Symphonic Strings is suitable for more advanced string players comfortable with music in Essential Elements book 2 or Suzuki book 3 and above.

Chamber Groups | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Symphonic Strings students interested in participating in small chamber ensembles may enroll for this extra class.  Chamber is primarily student-led, though the directors will provide guidance through coaching sessions.  In Chamber, students will learn to communicate effectively and work toward a common artistic goal.  Quartets, trios, and duets as called for by ensemble needs.  Students must be enrolled in Symphonic Strings in order to participate in Chamber. 


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

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