Alan Davis Announces Retirement

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Launches National Search for Executive Director

After nearly two decades as president and CEO for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Dr. Alan Davis, announced his retirement prior to the organization’s Feb. 10 performance.

“Alan has provided steady leadership throughout his tenure, overseeing the evolution of the CSO from a community orchestra without a permanent home to becoming the resident orchestra for The Palladium,” said Larry Lawhead, CSO board chair. “His commitment to bringing world-class orchestral music to the community will surely be his legacy. We wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement.”

According to Davis, his time with the CSO has been filled with numerous highlights. “I have loved being a part of the Carmel community – from the orchestra participating annually in Carmelfest to celebrate Fourth of July to the gala opening of The Palladium in 2011 that included internationally renowned artists Michael Feinstein and Christopher Botti, it’s been a wonderful place to spend my career.”

Prior to joining the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Davis spent 18 years teaching at the high school and college level. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State. For the past 25 years, he has served as organist and the Minister of Music Westview Christian Church.

A national search will begin immediately for Davis’ successor guided by the CSO Board of Directors. Resumes may be emailed to

About the Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Believing that music has the power to change lives, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the resident orchestra at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. Founded in 1975, the CSO is comprised of professional and passionate musicians. The orchestra performs concerts featuring an eclectic repertoire of some of the world’s greatest symphonic music. The CSO is committed to enhancing our community’s quality of life through creative, artistically excellent performances, and educational experiences for diverse audiences of all ages. Janna Hymes was appointed music director in July, 2017. For more information, visit


  • Carole Lichtenauer

    Alan…you are leaving at the height of bringing great success to the CSO. It will be hard to fill your shoes. We both remember the struggle to not only find a resident home for the symphony, but to keep it afloat financially.
    Please know I am one of many who appreciates your leadership as well as friendship. Blessings to you in a well deserved retirement! 🎶

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