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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by Jill & Tom Kirk
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.
Sponsored by John W. & Nancy S. Adams
It’s truly an honor for me to play. I can’t imagine not playing in an orchestra. I started viola at age 9 and haven’t stopped! My first community orchestra experience with professional musicians was in Penfield, NY when I was in high school. I love making music with my talented colleagues. They inspire me and teach me to be the best musician I can be. I teach high school German classes (Levels 1-AP) at Warren Central High School. I love working with my students and traveling to Germany with them. One way I connect with my students is through German music of all varieties. Music is important to my students, and it helps them learn about and understand the German culture. I also organize and coordinate the Staatskongress high school German student convention at Ball State every year.
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.
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!
Sponsored by Stan & Sandy Hurt
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
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!
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.
Sponsored by Kimberly W. & Michael C. Donahue
Sponsored by Jill & Tom Kirk
Sponsored by Paul Reis & Mo Merhoff
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.
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.
Music is a means for me to express what I cannot say in words. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra since 1992. Apart from music, I teach chemistry to students at Carmel High School
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.
Sponsored by Bill & Brenda Culpepper
Sponsored by Bill & Brenda Culpepper
Sponsored by Karen A. Sheely
Sponsored by Jim & Sally Hubbard