Education & Outreach


The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strives to connect audiences of all ages to the power of music with popular family-centric events such as the Family Fun concert with an instrument petting zoo and the ability to sit next to musicians on the stage during the concert!  Sounds Exciting! is a 45-minute concert designed for area 5th grade students to learn-while-listening to some of the world’s most famous classical, jazz and Broadway music.

Our Side-by-Side concert provides a music mentoring experience with a local high school orchestra where CSO musicians rehearse and perform advanced symphonic music alongside talented young musicians.

In addition, the CSO League and Meridian Music annually support the CSO Young Artist Competition for exceptional Indiana student musicians. Learn more about the Young Artist Competition here.

Community Outreach

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) or small ensembles of its musicians perform community concerts throughout the year, including the annual outdoor CarmelFest concert celebrating Independence Day. Community concerts will be announced via social media and posted on our website, so keep checking back!

Young Artists Competition

Encouraging Young Artists
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (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.

The CSO Young Artist Competition affords student musicians from the State of Indiana the opportunity to compete with their peers at the highest level of artistic excellence. The winner receives a cash prize and performs his/her concerto accompanied by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, as well as have the experience of performing in The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts.

Meet the Music

Meet the Music, a free pre-concert conversation with Artistic Director Janna Hymes, highlights our guest artists and interesting perspectives on the evening’s composers and their music.
Meet the Music begins at 6:30 pm and takes place in the Palladium’s Robert Adam Room, unless otherwise noted.