The Richmond, Ind.-born, IU educated Everly started with the ISO in 1994 as music director of the orchestra's Yuletide Celebration, then assumed leadership of the pops series in 2002.
He holds the same title with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Everly is also Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS.
Here's what Everly told us about the role of a pops conductor in 2004: "There's not much difference between classical and pops in what precedes the actual concert. Our mission is simply to bring music to the widest possible audience. We are here to serve a public which has different tastes. Sub-concerns for both are pacing the art to the evening - where are you taking the audience? The focus of any evening complements the main guest.
In the world of pops, pieces are shorter, so you're dealing with more parts to the jigsaw puzzle. Details are overwhelming, classical and pops. It's in performance you see the difference. The pops conductor has to be more accessible. You have to be the person who is leading the audience down a path in a friendly way, taking an audience along on a journey as a master of ceremonies."
Here's a 2012 piece about Everly's involvement in developing an original show featuring Billy Joel interpreter Michael Cavanaugh.