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Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Cara Pittenger
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emerita

Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philharmonic Orchestra is open to intermediate string players (typically in high school) as well as woodwinds, brass, and percussion (if instrumentation allows).  Students in the Philharmonic Orchestra should have proficiency in reading intermediate to medium-advanced level music and should have sufficient ensemble experience needed to participate in a weekly, two hour rehearsal held on Sunday afternoons, typically from 1:15-3:15pm.
Philharmonic Orchestra is an intermediate orchestra experience intended for students who have had previous orchestral or ensemble experience and who wish to further develop their skills in this area.  Placement in the orchestra is by audition.
Participation in the Philharmonic Orchestra is not intended to replace school or private music lessons.  Students are expected to continue to take weekly private lessons and participate in their school ensembles.

Rehearsals & Concerts
Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals occur on Sundays from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. from August through May, with time off for traditional school holidays. Typically the orchestra rehearses in Reilly Hall at the Indianapolis Opera. Philharmonic Orchestra participates in three concerts per year as part of the Indianapolis Youth Orchestras concert series.
Music selected is that of a typical high school or college orchestra level; past repertoire includes:
- Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, L. Beethoven
- Rhosymedre, R. Vaughan Williams
- Symphony No. 3 (“Unfinished”), A. Borodin
Guest clinicians and master class coaches, who are members of the Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, professors at local music schools, work with the students throughout the year. 
There are also opportunities to compete in our Young Artist Competition and Philharmonic Concerto Competition.  Click the links to read more about each competition. 
This is a tuition-based organization. Click here to read more about our rates.  Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need. To read more about financial aid opportunities, see the tuition page.
To access an application and to learn more about application procedures, click here.  For more information about the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, please contact Executive Director Cara Pittenger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..