The East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra (ECICO) brings together a diverse group of players from different ages, races and nationalities to present free concerts of good music from the baroque period to the modern era. We have presented concerts in the inner city, in rural areas in East Central Indiana and in retirement homes. From its origin more than twenty years ago (when the organization was known as the Sinfonietta) to the present, the organization has provided free concerts to citizens whose finances may not stretch far enough to cover attending musical events.

One very important outcome is that students perform with adult players whose occupation is different from music, but who enjoy making music with others. These students observe adults who have continued their musical performance interest past their high school years. The students have an opportunity to perform with a group that is not associated with the University. At the same time, the older players in the ECICO have an opportunity to enjoy making music with the younger generation. We learn from each other, and we all benefit the community.


Michael Lund Ziegler is a masters conducting student at Ball State University. His responsibilities while completing his study include conducting the Ball State Campus Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of East Central Indiana, and serving as assistant conductor for the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Michael is the Music Director of the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra and the Music for the Sake of Music summer program in Green Bay, Wisconsin, an organization for which he also serves as President. Before arriving at Ball State, Michael taught band, orchestra, and choir for the Green Bay Public School District at Aldo Leopold Community School.
Michael’s primary conducting instructors include Douglas Droste, Thomas Caneva, and Randall Meder. He has had additional study with Gary Green, Kevin Collins, and Andrew Mast. Michael studied at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelors Degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.