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CSO opens new season tonight; Artistic Director Janna Hymes announces resignation

CARMEL IN – Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will begin its new season at the Palladium Saturday October 7th with conductor, David Commanday, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Illinois. Janna Hymes, the CSO’s current Artistic Director, has resigned her position with the CSO.

“As this may come as a surprise, my plan was to wait for the recent transition of staff and board changes to be secured before resigning. Now that those positions are filled this is the right time for me to leave,” said Hymes. “With my new position as Artistic Director of the Sedona Symphony, increased guest conducting opportunities and other work options, it is time to move on.

“My time in Carmel has been amazing. Some of my personal highlights include raising the artistic level of the orchestra, programming new and diverse concerts, raising musician fees, increasing services for the orchestra, and adding several new series with an emphasis on outreach and education. I will truly miss my colleagues in the orchestra.”

Janna has worked in Indiana for a total of 10 years, first as the Assistant Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony several years ago and then in Carmel. She added, “I have worked in Indiana for a long time and want to thank the amazing community and our loyal patrons for supporting me and embracing me from day one.”

According to CSO Board Chair Caleb Bullock, announcing Hymes’ departure is bittersweet.

“Janna has been with the Carmel Symphony for 6 years, and during that time she elevated the symphony from a mix of volunteer and paid musicians to a symphony fully comprised of paid professional musicians,” said Bullock. “She brought energy to every creative performance. We’re grateful that she leaves us in a good place to build on her legacy of service to the CSO, and we wish her the best in her new position in Sedona and beyond.”

Hymes expressed delight with her move to the Sedona Symphony: “While I’m thrilled with this great opportunity to build up a new symphony in the gorgeous backdrop of the red rocks of Sedona, it’s always hard to leave something you’ve built up. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together and wish the orchestra continued success.”

You can see the full CSO season schedule at

Season tickets for 2023-24 are available at the Palladium Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 317-843-3800 or online at Tickets for individual performances are also on sale.