The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is comprised of professional musicians who perform an eclectic repertoire of some of the world's greatest symphonic music at a high level of artistic excellence. Auditions are held throughout the year for new musicians. Click here to contact the CSO about receiving an audition.

Get to know our musicians … and why they want to share their love of music with you!

Violin I

Larry Shapiro


Sponsored by Eloise L. Bowers
In Memory of Thomas W. Bowers

I cannot remember a time when my life was not filled with classical music. By the time I was 10 I was playing in the professional orchestra (and) I knew was that when I was immersed in the incredible wash of divine beauty. Read more about Larry here.

Jesse Hawkins

Associate Concertmaster

After filling in for his friend and Concertmaster Larry Shapiro, Jesse Hawkins has been part of the CSO family ever since. Read more about Jesse here

Ingrid Baird

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Nick Drumm

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Juli Enzinger

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Sun Huh

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Ann Manship

My mother was a professional violinist and teacher of violin so music was in my home growing up a lot. I have performed with the CSO since its early years! Professionally I am a pharmacist who spent time in retail practice. I am now in nursing home practice with 11 years of marketing and purchasing for a local drug chain in the middle of the two specialties as a practicing pharmacist.

Mary McClean

I started asking my parents for violin lessons when I was 3, so I think it’s something I was just always meant to do! I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Evansville and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from IU and  I work for IU Health Physicians as Assistant Director of Operations for Pediatric Billing. My husband and I will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this year; we have two boys ages 6 and 9.

Reinhold Strnat

I was born in Vienna, Austria and have played the violin as a serious avocation since the 5th grade. Preparing for and then playing a concert of music as part of a passionate group of musicians is a personal challenge and an incredibly rewarding experience. I am an Electrical Engineer and serve as president and technical manager of a small company in Fishers, Ind. that represents a Cologne, Germany-based manufacturing company.

Travis Waymon

Candida Wiley

Violin II

Nataliya Nizhalova


Sponsored by Jill & Tom Kirk

Pam Close

Acting Assistant Principal

Amanda Cornet

Rebecca Hoffman

Jill Kirk

I had a double major in college in math and music, and piano was my primary instrument. I make my living as an actuary. I work for Lincoln Financial Group, writing reinsurance treaties. I love the teamwork atmosphere of playing in an orchestra, especially one like the CSO. I have played second violin for CSO for 24 years now. When things are not going well for me, I can always count on a CSO rehearsal to pick me up and change my mood. Read more about Jill here.

Annemarie Schreiber

Kevin Shiue

I play in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra because of my passion for classical music. Playing time-renowned masterworks is always a privilege! Music-making with a group is always fun and helps me de-stress. I am currently a resident physician in radiation oncology in downtown Indianapolis. I started playing piano when I was 8 and violin when I was 14.

Kris Zaloudek

Reid Bonner


Suzane Um


Sponsored by John W. & Nancy S. Adams

Melinda Bowman

Rachel Gries

Rachel Gutana

Karen Hutchins

Julia Keller-Welter

I spend my time playing viola with the CSO and singing with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. I am a viola specialist for Sand Creek Intermediate School in Hamilton Southeastern School System. I enjoy my grandchildren and play tennis regularly at the Carmel Racquet Club as well as biking on the Monon Trail.

Mark Schuster

Julie Scull


Nancy Smith


Sponsored by Dane & Bev Starbuck

Martin Meyer

Assitant Principal

For me, the cello is the greatest demonstration of my passion. I play and teach because I love music, and I wish to share this love with others who seek it. I graduated from Butler in 2016 with a double major in music and actuarial science. Aside from cello-playing, I like to run nearly every day, compose classical and electronic music, and spend time with my family. 

Lindsey Agnew

I developed a love of music at a young age when my dad would bring me along to his practices and gigs as a guitarist and bass guitarist. I started cello when I was 12 years old and Laura Payne (bass) was my teacher! For my "day job," I work in a hospital as a clinical pharmacist, specializing in informatics.

Jan Brill

Joerg Schreiber

Clayton Tsang

Jennifer Weber

I have played with the CSO since 1997 through my years attending law school in Bloomington, starting my career as an attorney in Indianapolis, and even going through a few medical challenges (two lung transplants). It is satisfying now, to just leave my “day job” behind and go play! 


Rose Meyers


Sponsored by Stan & Sandy Hurt

Tiffany Freeman

Assitant Principal

Matt Greven

Laura Payne

I play in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra because it allows me the opportunities to: Express myself through beautiful inspiring music, perform music with awesome people and cultivate friendships. It allows me to share my love of music with my students and model for them that playing music is a lifelong endeavor. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors: hiking, biking, downhill skiing, traveling 

Chris Rund

I live in Bloomington, teaching at the IU Media School and working for an executive education and technology firm. Even though it’s a 150-mile roundtrip for every rehearsal and concert, the greatness of the music, the quality of our CSO musicians and the unbelievably beautiful Palladium make playing with the CSO an extraordinary experience that’s worth the driving!

Christian Starnes

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I began playing violin in the 6th grade, then saw the light and changed to the bass in high school. I enjoy playing many genres of music from symphonic to rock to pit orchestras for musical productions. 


Karen Sheely


Sponsored by Kimberly W. & Michael C. Donahue

Kathy Sasseman

Kim Coplen


Kim Coplen


Liza Saracina

Acting C0-Principal

Sponsored by Jill & Tom Kirk

When it was time to pick an instrument for band in the fifth grade, I saw oboe as a possibility, but had never heard of it. I asked the teacher and was told that it was a very difficult instrument. This made me even more interested, because I love a challenge! I work as an Office Assistant in the Deans Office at the Jacobs School of Music.  I love being able to interact with so many different musicians on a daily basis.

Rebecca McGuire

Acting C0-Principal

Sponsored by Jill & Tom Kirk

Tama Poncar

Sharon McCullough

English Horn

Sharon McCullough


Gavin Arnold


Sponsored by Paul Reis & Mo Merhoff

Katherine Peters


Ryan Caldwell


PJ Woolston

I started playing bassoon in high school, the victim of a band that was in need of a double reed player. The advantage of playing such an in-demand instrument however was the constant opportunities to play. I am currently the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Marian University in Indianapolis.

French Horn

Dave Poncar


Sponsored by Lawrence & Vivian Lawhead

There are no words to adequately describe the elation I feel at the end of a great performance, knowing we all accomplished it, for each other, together.  I am now one of the longest-tenured members of the CSO -- since 1984 -- and I consider myself so very lucky to have had the great opportunity to be a part of this tremendous organization for all these years. In my "day job," I am the Director of Bands at Greenfield Central Junior High School.

Ginny Kundrat

Larry Lemon

Greg Leffler

Heather Palmer


Steve Pfoser


Sponsored by Drs. Pamela A.  Steed & Peter Furno

I play trumpet and am a retired middle school band director.  I enjoy camping/hiking and tinkering with my cars and motorcycles. Music was in my life from a young age. My mother played trumpet and piano and  was my first  teacher. I  get excited  for  every performance, the thrill of live music never gets old. 

Bob Bonner

Shawn Jones


David Roode


Sponsored by Bill & Brenda Culpepper

Lawrence Lawhead

Bass Trombone

Richard Dole

Acting Co-Principal

Sponsored by Bill & Brenda Culpepper

Joseph Murrell

Acting Co-Principal

Sponsored by Bill & Brenda Culpepper


Andy Meyer


Sponsored by Karen A. Sheely


Jason Spangler


Sponsored by Jim & Sally Hubbard


Mark Stempel


Keli Walsh


Wendy Muston


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