The Carmel (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Music Director/Conductor beginning with the 2017-18 season.


The Position

The music director provides overall artistic leadership and direction to the orchestra.  S/he also serves as the principal conductor of the CSO.  The music director reports to the board of directors through the President/CEO and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic potential and its community image.  S/he is responsible for the repertoire, programming and artistic production within limits set by the budget.  S/he has the responsibility for the selection, development, recruitment and replacement of musicians in accordance with the policies and procedures of the CSO.  As the orchestra’s artistic leader, the music director must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility and involvement in the community.  S/he is expected to work closely with the President/CEO, board and staff in carrying out these responsibilities along with actively participating in the orchestra’s fundraising activities.


Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant conducting experience and knowledge of a broad range of repertoire.  The candidate should have a passion for music education; strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; vision,  and the ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences through both traditional and innovative means.  Further, the ideal candidate will have the ability to inspire and excite the professional and volunteer members of the orchestra.  Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred.


The Carmel Symphony Orchestra

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1975, is the 85-member Resident Orchestra at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  The CSO is a family-friendly orchestra presenting an annual subscription series of six concerts.  CSO concerts are programmed to provide an eclectic mix of repertoire including both classical and pops.  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.  The CSO is comprised of both professional musicians and highly skilled volunteers all of whom perform at a very high artistic level.  Our website is


The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

The Palladium, designed by David M. Schwarz Architects of Washington, D.C. is a 1,600-seat, 151,000 square foot state-of-the-art concert hall located in Carmel, Indiana.  The four-fronted, symmetrical design of The Palladium, massed around the domed central space of the single room concert hall was inspired by Andrea Palladio’s Villa Capra, La Rotonda (1566).  The Palladium is based upon the traditional shoebox-shaped concert hall with high ceilings and massive, sound-reflecting walls.  The facility also features a limestone façade and movable acoustical panels that can significantly alter the acoustics of the hall.  The Center for the Performing Arts website is


Carmel, IN

Carmel, Indiana, is home to more than 86,000 residents who enjoy living in a suburban community with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods and a nationally honored park system with more than 175 miles of paths and trails. Carmel is also home to the Center for the Performing Arts.  Besides the Palladium, the Center has two additional venues, a 500-seat proscenium arch theater called The Tarkington and a flexible 200-seat theater space, The Studio. In addition, as part of the city’s redevelopment efforts over the past two decades, there is the Carmel Arts & Design District, home to more than 200 arts related businesses, including the Indiana Design Center, nearly a dozen galleries, shops and restaurants. All of these features – including our world famous roundabouts – have helped Carmel earn the distinction as the Best Place to Live in the U.S. by CNN Money Magazine in 2012, one of many such honors given to Carmel.



Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.



Application deadline is September 26, 2016.  Applications must include: personal letter of interest from the candidate, resume/cv, sample programs conducted by the candidate (including one educational program), names and phone numbers of at least three professional references.  Links to online video of the candidate conducting may be submitted (include password if needed) with the application.  Electronic submission of application is preferred with all materials labeled with the candidate’s name and as either PDF or Word files.


Submit Applications to:

subject line should read CSO MD Search (Candidate’s Name)


Carmel Symphony Orchestra

760 3rd Ave SW, Suite 102

Carmel, IN 46032


No phone inquiries please.


The Carmel Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.


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