Maestro David Commanday, Music Director, Carmel Symphony Orchestra



Carmel, Indiana: The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) today announced the hire of David Commanday as Music Director of the CSO.

A brilliant leader, Maestro Commanday immediately captured the hearts of Carmel Symphony Orchestra audiences and musicians while conducting the early concerts of the season.

Commanday serves as CSO Music Director immediately. His initial appointment continues through the 2024-2025 season.

“We are extremely honored and pleased to have made this appointment. The musicians of the CSO fell in love with Maestro Commanday at their first rehearsal, and the results of this positive engagement have resonated at our Palladium performances. Audiences are responding, and we can’t wait to see how the Carmel Symphony Orchestra evolves under Maestro’s Commanday’s leadership.”, said Executive Director, Anne Marie Chastain

Commanday’s career has brought renown on three continents.

Lauded as a remarkable conductor with the ability to make his musicians soar through his soul and risk taking, his performances have been recognized for their “effervescent brilliance and intelligent creativity.” (Neue Zeit, Berlin, Germany)

Maestro Commandy currently serves as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra (HFO), an innovative ensemble now celebrating its 15th season, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Cello at Eastern Illinois University.

Said Commanday,

“I am deeply honored by this appointment and the opportunity to work with the wonderful musicians of the CSO in the seasons ahead. Carmel has a treasure in this orchestra, and in the Palladium, the truly world-class concert hall that is their home. I can’t wait to get to work!”

His full biography and pictures can be found at

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra dedicated to providing excellence in live music performance and education in Hamilton County. The Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents classical, pops and education programming in its home at the Palladium for the Center for Performing Arts, and in surrounding schools and community environments. For more information visit