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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by German conductor and local violin teacher Ferdinand Schaefer. At first comprised of volunteer musicians who split the revenue from ticket sales, the ISO became a professional orchestra with salaried musicians in 1937. That same year, Fabien Sevitzky – a Russian-born conductor and nephew of famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky – became Music Director of the ISO. Sevitzky’s appointment was highlighted in an April 5, 1937 article in Time magazine, which began, “Of Midwestern orchestras, none has risen so rapidly or so recently as the Indianapolis Symphony.”
Soon after, the ISO blossomed into one of the nation’s most renowned orchestras. Sevitzky worked to promote the ISO through a variety of national radio broadcasts, and his successor, Izler Solomon, ensured the creation of the Clowes Memorial Hall as a venue meant specifically for the ISO. (Until then, the ISO had been performing at the Murat Theater). Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the ISO traveled around the world to perform “Salute” concerts in countries such as Finland, Korea, Japan, Formosa, Portugal, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Austria, Venezuela, Thailand, Greece and Chile – earning the Orchestra a Citation from the Voice of America and the United States Information Agency as well as a letter of commendation from John F. Kennedy – the first ever such commendation from a president to a symphony orchestra.
Solomon’s successor, John Nelson, is associated both with the founding of the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Series in 1982 as well as the Orchestra’s move downtown to the restored venue the Hilbert Circle Theatre. In 1993 and 1997, under Music Director Raymond Leppard, the Orchestra embarked on European tours, performing at world-famous concert halls such as the Barbican Centre in London and the Musikverein in Vienna. It was also during Leppard’s tenure that the ISO’s beloved Yuletide Celebration shows began to delight audiences during December.
Today, the ISO is the largest performing arts organization in Indiana and performs hundreds of concerts every year. In September 2011, Krzysztof Urbanski began his tenure as Music Director of the ISO, and at the age of 29, is the youngest Music Director of any major American orchestra.
Ferdinand Schaefer (1930-1937)
Fabien Sevitzky (1937-1955)
Izler Solomon (1956-1975)
John Nelson (1976-1987)
Raymond Leppard (1987-2001), Conductor Laureate since 2001
Mario Venzago (2002-2009)
Krzysztof Urbanski (2011-present)
Erich Kunzel, Pops Music Director (1982-2002)
Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor (2002-present)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association
The ISOA is an all volunteer organization that enthusiastically sponsors and coordinates music education programs for the ISO. Our membership is apx 600 which includes 4 city groups and 2 state affiliations: Wabash and Columbus. "We are people with a passion for music."
Indianapolis Women's Chorus
The Indianapolis Women’s Chorus (IWC) embodies excellence in music and the power of women and song to transform communities. Founded in 1994 with roots in the gay choral movement, IWC performs regular season concerts and various community engagements throughout the year. Its repertoire is diverse, including music from various faith and cultural traditions, pop, jazz, folk, and gospel, social justice songs, and music written by women and about women’s lives. IWC sponsors the annual Emerging Voices Choral Composition Contest for young female composers.
Indy Contra / Indianapolis Traditional Music and D...
Indy Contra, aka Indianapolis Traditional Music & Dance Group, hosts contra dances, to live music, mostly 7:45 – 9:45 pm Tuesday nights (see calendar info, below) at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in downtown Indianapolis.
Contra is a traditional community / social / folk North American dance form, with a long history of being open to everybody, with no lessons, membership, or partner required.
You must (it’s in our lease) CARRY IN clean shoes with a non-marking, soft sole. Loafers, bowling shoes, walking shoes, sandals, pumps, …most types are fine. No cleats! A sole with lots of ridges & a grip (like lots of sneakers & boots) can stick to the floor enough to make your knees and hips sore; smooth soles are more comfortable!
Contra is collaborative, cooperative, and social, not competition dancing. There’s no smoking or drinking, we swap partners every dance, and anyone’s welcome to dance together, regardless of age, experience, gender, preference for dogs or cats, etc.
Indy Folk Series
The Indy Folk Series is a listening room venue for acoustic music, presenting a wide array of genres — from Americana, roots and bluegrass, to singer-songwriters, Celtic, swing, and acoustic jazz — and everything in between. Since its founding in 2001, the Indy Folk Series has featured established national touring acts as well as regional and local artists. Audiences enjoy a comfortable, intimate venue with opportunities to meet the performers, and first rate acoustics.
The Season, which runs from September through May, normally presents eight concerts, which are held once a month on Saturday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis. Light refreshments are available.
Indy Indie Artist Colony & Gallery
Artist live/work spaces in Downtown Indianapolis, featuring a lively Art Gallery featuring resident artwork, rotating exhibits, theme-based shows, and IDADA First Friday events. It has 72 artist live/work spaces, a thriving art gallery, and many unique features. Most importantly, it’s a great (and inexpensive) place to live with like-minded people. The community is reserved for active artists.
Resident artists are encouraged to participate in the Art Gallery that has hundreds of visitors every month.
Indy Irish Fest/ Irish Cultural Foundation of Indi...
The Indianapolis Irish Festival is in its 18th year. The festival is an opportunity to share Irish heritage through music, dance, cultural activities, and family fun. The festival was the vision of a small group of people who wanted to showcase the heritage, music and culture of the Irish people and the contributions of that culture to our city and state. The Irish are the second largest ethnic group to settle in the Indianapolis area. They have served the community in the fields of religion, education, medicine, law, the arts, politics and commerce.
Indy’s Irish Festival committee, an all volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1996 to host the first festival. Its mission is to preserve, promote and nurture Irish culture, arts, music, and history. The festival has grown significantly over the years and with it, so has the festival’s support of charities and community organizations. Since its inception, the festival has made donations to or helped community organizations raise more than $100,000.
Indy Jazz Fest
This annual summer music festival features some of the nation’s best jazz artists and popular local jazz musicians. From jazz to blues to gospel, Indy Jazz Fest offers something for everyone. The Festival also includes a variety of foods from around the world, an interactive music education pavilion, a jazz/gospel celebration, and a jazz heritage tribute featuring many legendary jazz musicians who performed on historic Indiana Avenue in the 1940s and 1950s.
Indy Jazz Foundation
The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is dedicated to assuring the continued growth and development of jazz and jazz education in Indianapolis and its surrounding communities. As part of it’s mission, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation initiates programs that nurture and promote the understanding and appreciation of jazz and its heritage, provides leadership for education outreach programs, assists teachers and practitioners with information and resources, and takes an active part in organizing clinics and symposiums at local and regional levels.
The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation believes strongly in the future of jazz, and realizes the future lies in the young students who we reach out to through performances and educational programs. The Foundation produces inspirational performances, clinics and workshops in the Indianapolis and surrounding school systems.
We wish to acknowledge and thank Lilly Endowment for their funding in support of our educational initiatives. Without their support, many of our programs would not be possible.
Each year, Indy Parks produces a full season of music, movies and more for you and your family. Featuring a wide variety of artistic styles – classical and popular, fun and romantic, hot and smooth – we bring it all to comfortable outdoor settings near you. From Folk at Eagle Creek Park to Jazz and Blues at Watkins Park, there is a colorful selection of concerts and artists for all. Most events are free, and all feature gifted local and regional artists that you're sure to enjoy. Come celebrate the performing arts with Indy Parks! email us: IndyParksConcerts@indy.gov
Indy Spotlight is an Indianapolis show choir. The group performs songs guaranteed to make you sing along.
IndyBaroque Music, Inc. is the parent organization of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and the chamber music group, IndyBaroque Chamber Players. Our mission is to enrich, educate, and inspire the Central Indiana community and beyond through the performance of 17th and 18th-century music.
We believe in the importance of fostering connections between the past and the present, building a sense of community and mutual understanding, and encouraging the process of self-discovery through music.
IndyFringe is a place, an event, an environment, an attitude, a movement, an incubator for new talent and a magnet for imaginative, thoughtful, hopeful and transformational people. Located in the Mass Ave Cultural District, we are an annual Theatre Festival and a year round theatre for emerging artists and new work.
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Now considered one of the foremost music competitions in the world, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) aims to identify and promote young, talented violinists through a quadrennial competition and festival of the violin. In addition to stunning competition performances, there are accompanying exhibits and educational presentations. The IVCI also produces the annual Laureate Series, which are concerts featuring former winners of the Competition in collaboration with Indiana cultural organizations such as the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ronen Chamber Ensemble, Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Pike Performing Arts Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Educational programs developed by the Competition include the multidisciplinary Juried Exhibition of Student Art, International Violinists in the Schools, master classes and short-term residencies.
The 11th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis will take place in September 2022. Check back often for news on our Laureates and sign up for our newsletter at https://violin.org/newsletter-sign.
Intimate Opera of Indianapolis
The goal of Intimate Opera is to present underperformed staged music and local talent to the Indianapolis area. With a focus on small spaces and limited audience size, Intimate Opera connects with the community by presenting personal and unusual performances.
The company is a dedicated supporter of local musicians and promotes the works of local composers and artists.
Iridian Arts, Inc.
Supporting creation and presentation of adventurous music and multi-media performance
Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis
The Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop the next and continued generations of traditional Irish musicians; and to provide Irish culture, arts, language, and education to the Indianapolis community.
Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis
We are an organization dedicated to bringing the Irish culture and arts to the Greater Indianapolis region. We offer classes to all ages and levels of experience in traditional Irish instruments, song, dance, and language.
IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology
Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI offers a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology, Master of Science in Music Technology and a Master of Science in Music Therapy. The department sponsors a Concert Series by Faculty, Students, and Guest Artists.
IUPUI Music Academy
The IUPUI Music Academy, an independently operated community music school, under the auspices of the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI, began in August of 1996 as an outreach program for the communities surrounding the IUPUI campus.
The academy currently enrolls over 400 students from all corners of Indianapolis at two main locations, as well as area preschools and public elementary schools. The academy offers a variety of keyboard-oriented preschool and general music classes with computer-assisted instruction to children ages 3-12. Other classes offered include adult piano, voice, and guitar. Private lessons are available for all ages and levels of ability in keyboard, voice, violin, guitar, and woodwinds.
Jazz Arts Society of Indiana
The Jazz Arts Society of Indiana offers the best of Big Band Jazz through concert performances of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra. These concerts take place at the Scottish Rite Performing Arts Center during the regular season, with concerts also featured at the Indiana State Museum and several performing arts centers and parks throughout the state of Indiana.
The JCC Indianapolis, guided by Jewish values and traditions, provides inclusive experiences that lead to personal growth and community building. The facility houses an art gallery with more than 6 exhibitions each year, an auditorium for performing arts and films, and a dance studio for dance classes. They host the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, a three-week festival each fall featuring local and national authors, performances and films.
More than 100 years old, JCC Indianapolis is located at Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road and is a beneficiary agency of the United Way of Central Indiana and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and an affiliate member of the JCC Association of North America.
Joyful Sound, Inc.
Joyful Sound is a community handbell choir in Greenwood and Indianapolis, Indiana that was formed in 1999 under the direction of June Hannah. Our mission is to promote the art of English handbell ringing through performance, education, and community outreach. Joyful Sound owns and rings 5-1/2 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 5 octaves of Malmark choirchimes. We recorded a CD for our 10 year anniversary in 2009 titled "A Decade of Joy". We also have recorded CDs for the Concordia, Chorister’s Guild, Lorenz, Celebrating Grace Hymnal, and Soundforth Publishing Companies. We have performed concerts in the Artsgarden, Rhythm Discovery Center, the Indiana State Museum, and various churches and retirement center throughout the Indianapolis area.
KaidyDid Theatre Productions
KaidyDid Productions is an urban based, all female theatrical production company.
Established in 2011, KaidyDid Productions has dedicated its mission to bring you Original… “True to Life Entertainment” for the entire family to enjoy.
KaidyDid Productions is aligned to leverage inspirational performances through the Arts. We believe our gift to spread the good news by way of theatrical productions is the calling placed upon our company. We are restoring ‘Excellence’ back to the theater community. Not only are we a Stage Production Company, we script our own Screenplays; Produce our own Media, Actresses, Soloist, and Writers for Hire.
Our productions are geared to entertain all individuals and bring enjoyment to the entire body by way of theatrical entertainment.
We are advocates to express Liberty, Healing, and Redemption through our Stage Productions.
Our Vast Resume in theater includes over 25 years of experience in Broadway (Musical Theatre), Drama (Tragedy), Comedy & Gospel Theatrical Performances. Our platform and exposure in the entertainment genre include performances with National Artist on National Stages all over the country. This is our proven guarantee you will be uplifted when you attend a KaidyDid Production.
Key Strummers - Key Learning Community
The Key Strummers are a youth ukulele group specializing in rural jazz from the 1930s and 1940s. Players range in age from 8 to 13 and perform all over Indiana. While they are housed at the Key Learning Community, they are funded by the fees paid for their performances.
Merry MAC Players
The Merry MAC Players, located at the Depot Theatre in Martinsville, Indiana are a community theatre whose goal is to provide quality entertainment, opportunity, education, and enrichment. As part of the non-profit Martinsville Arts Council, we depend on the resources and talents of our local community and hope you join us as we celebrate, promote, and perform the dramatic arts.
Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) is a youth and family development program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The program is designed to use the life skills learned in music instruction to engage youth in activities that discourage at-risk behaviors and keep them committed to staying in school.
Midwest School of Voice
Midwest School of Voice is committed to offering high-quality instruction for a variety of music disciplines in an environment that welcomes performers of all ages and skill levels. The school has a commitment to keeping its surrounding community vibrant, diverse and creative. Through positive community engagement and consistent music and performance training, Midwest School of Voice believes that students will be well-rounded musicians and creative citizens.
The school also hosts salon concerts in the upstairs lounge area. Community members are encouraged to attend concerts and master classes. Check the Midwest School of Voice website for information on upcoming concerts.
Music for All
Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations in support of active music making. Music for All is unique in that it combines programming at a national level with arts education advocacy. Bands of America (BOA) and Orchestra America are programs of Music for All, first founded in 1975, with a heritage in providing spectacular educational experiences and performance events for instrumental music programs and students.
From humble beginnings with a single summer workshop for teachers, Music for All events are recognized today as the pinnacle of educational programming for high school instrumental music programs nationwide. Music for All reaches a vast number of people; each year, more than 300,000 people attend our events, more than 85,000 teens participate, and 100,000 people subscribe to online services.
Music for All is committed to expanding the role of music and the arts in education, to heightening the public’s appreciation of the value of music and arts education, and to creating a positive environment for the arts through societal change. Working with leading national authorities and other non-profit organizations, Music for All invests resources and personnel in projects that expand access to public school music and arts programs through advocacy and public awareness efforts to support music and arts education.
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