The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is pleased to announce that Kimberly Dimond will join the organization as its next executive director on July 16. She joins the CSO as it embarks on its 43rd season, the first entirely programmed by music director, Maestro Janna Hymes, and replaces outgoing president and CEO, Dr. Alan Davis, as he retires after nearly two decades of service.

“We were very pleased with the high caliber of applicants who expressed interest in this position, and we are thrilled to retain someone of Kimberly’s talents, resume and recommendations,” said Larry Lawhead, CSO board chair. “We look forward to her beginning her tenure and to the next season of the CSO!

Diamond most recently served as the director of symphonic programs for the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan since 2010. Prior to that, she was the managing director with the Midland Symphonic Orchestra as well as serving as corporate relations manager for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Dimond comes to the CSO with a deep love for the arts and innovative programming.

With a background in music and hands-on experience at previous orchestras, my passion for the arts is a lifelong commitment. I am dedicated to having a positive and meaningful impact on both the orchestra and the surrounding community. — Kimberly Dimond, CSO Executive Director

During her 11 years with MSO, she served as a public representative to community, state and national organizations, promoting a positive image for the organization. She was able to grow single and subscription tickets during her time with MSO and implemented signature fundraising events while maintaining a high focus on education and community outreach activities.

She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Integrative Public Relations and Music (French horn) and holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College. As a professional member of the League of American Orchestras, she has completed its Leadership Academy, Essentials of Orchestra Management. Additionally, Dimond is a member of Americans for the Arts and served as an administration panel member representing Goucher College arts. Her areas of expertise include, orchestra operations, balancing traditional and modern repertoire, fundraising initiatives, audience development and education/outreach activities. As a versatile professional, she also is highly proficient with numerous software and design platforms, as well as, creating engaging social media content and advertising campaigns.

“The support of the arts in Carmel is exceptional, and partnered with Janna’s enthusiasm and the wonderful orchestra, I’m excited about what opportunities lie ahead and what we can accomplish together,” says Dimond. “I look forward to meeting everyone in person, and the start of the season this fall.”

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, an outstanding professional community-based volunteer orchestra with paid principals and a few paid core string positions, will hold auditions by appointment on September 16 (strings and harp) and September 17 (winds substitutes). Please note that players who cannot attend all Masterwork concerts (classical concerts) should not audition for principal roles.

Auditions will take place at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. No transportation will be provided for auditions.

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Please request an audition and audition materials by sending a one page resume to by September 3. Specific dates and audition times will be communicated at least one week prior to auditions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Carmel Symphony at CarmelFest 2018

Central Indiana’s favorite festival – CarmelFest – is almost here! We can’t wait to see you! Come with your family and friends and enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, fun activity zones and spectacular fireworks. It’s a heartland tradition in the heart of Carmel, Indiana you won’t want to miss!

Your Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO), conducted by Maestro Janna Hymes, will begin their performance at 8:30 p.m. on the Geico Gazebo Stage on July 4th, leading up to synchronized fireworks at 9:45 with music provided on Carmel High School radio station WHJE 91.3 FM (fireworks last approximately 25 minutes).

Additionally, festival goers can enjoy signature performances from Mac McAnally, Josh Kaufman Band, The Wright Brothers, My Yellow Rickshaw, along with returning favorite bands, emerging artists and the newly added “Hoosier Crossroads Music Festival” on the North Zone Stage on July 3rd.

Don’t miss the CarmelFest parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., as well. Spectators will delight in bands, motorcycle drill teams, clowns, lively color guards, cheerleaders, designed floats, gymnasts, local celebrities, veterans and more. And candy is back again this year! Check out the route here.

See you in Carmel on the Civic Square July 3 – 4, 2018!

New faces, programs and orchestral music are in store for audiences of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as it launches its 43rd season, “Janna & Friends,” the first entirely programmed by music director, Maestro Janna Hymes. All concerts are performed at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts where the CSO is the resident orchestra.

“The exciting, the unexpected, and the classics are all part of our 2018-19 season that offers a dynamic mix of modern works and popular warhorses such as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5,” says Hymes. “Audiences are in for a treat with the symphony premier of Jeff Midkiff’s original, energetic and lyrical bluegrass Mandolin Concerto performed by the composer/musician himself, and Mozart’s choral masterpiece, the emotion-evoking Requiem. I invite everyone to join us!”

The season kicks off with Orchestral Showcase on October 14. The evening highlights the orchestral strengths of the CSO, with pieces like Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger  and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

November 10, the CSO welcomes pianist Jon Nakamatsu who makes his first concerto appearance with the orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. At December’s IU Health Holiday Pops, the CSO welcomes vocalist Sarah Kate Walston in addition to the Indianapolis Children’s Choir as the orchestra celebrates the season with a family friendly concert tradition.

February 9, in the midst of “red carpet season,” the CSO will also perform music from “The Magnificent 7,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Schindler’s List” and “Superman” in addition to featured soloist Midkiff.

March 9 brings violinist Irina Muresanu to The Palladium stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This very special season comes to a grand finale on April 27 with Mozart’s powerful Requiem featuring the Anderson University Chorale, Anderson University Alumni Choir, and Anderson Symphonic Choir.

As always, the 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 (February 24), the Sounds Exciting! Concert for area elementary school students, and the CSO Young Artist Competition returning for its 38th year.  The CSO has added a new component to their educational programs, a Side-by-Side Concert with the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra (November 18).

On January 18 and 19, the CSO will partner again with Pedcor & Friends in two special concerts to honor our veterans, active military, and first responders.  More details coming soon!

Additionally, concert goers can enjoy “Music Matters Pre-Concert Talk,” free, behind-the-scenes conversations featuring the concert’s guest artist and conductor in a relaxed atmosphere. In these informal discussions, audience members are made privy to interesting facts about the evening’s composers and their music.

Season 2018-2019 Full and Flex subscriptions go on sale later this spring through The Center for the Performing Arts. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.  For more information or to request a new 2018-19 season brochure, visit

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

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