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Indianapolis Youth Orchestra performs Feb. 16 under its new name at Hilbert Circle Theatre

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Indianapolis Youth Orchestra performs Feb. 16 under its new name at Hilbert Circle Theatre

"The region's premier youth orchestra has announced a name change to reflect better a new era and a connection to the city that has helped it grow," said spokesperson Sarah Provancher, in an email to "The New World Youth Orchestras, which was founded in 1982 by Susan Kitterman, will begin performing under its new name, the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, at its Feb. 16, 5:00 p.m. concert at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. 

"Appropriately, the concert will feature the Orchestra performing Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," added Provancher.

"I am thrilled for this organization to be entering into a new era of artistic excellence, as well as for its recommitment of service to all young musicians in Indianapolis and central Indiana," said Bodony. "Speaking as an NWYO alum myself, "New World" will forever be a part of this organization's DNA. We may have a new name, but our mission remains the same." 

Bodony has been with the Orchestra since 2010 and has served as Artistic Director since 2016, upon the retirement of Susan Kitterman.

Throughout the 2019/20 season, the Orchestra is honoring its legacy and Founder/Artistic Director Emeritus Susan Kitterman. Kitterman founded the New World Youth Orchestras with 27 members from around central Indiana. The ensemble has grown to more than 200 members, now with three ensembles, the Symphony, Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras. The organization also offers a Young Conductor Training Program and a Concerto and Young Artists Competition.

The Orchestra has played at Carnegie Hall twice – in 2016 and 2019, on stage at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 2017, and as part of the Music for All National Festival in 2018. Under Kitterman's baton, the Orchestra also traveled to Europe in 1997 to perform in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Indianapolis Youth Orchestra tickets are available through the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra box office at (317) 639-4300 and at

Next up :

May 10, 2020, 5 p.m, Hilbert Circle Theatre

Season Finale Concert with Concert, Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras

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