In Sunday’s (12/4) Indianapolis Star, Jay Harvey writes, “When Susan Kitterman wanted to shift professional gears in 1982, she didn’t update her resume and apply for positions found in ‘help wanted’ ads. Kitterman, who had left her job after four years as a public school music teacher in Carmel to start a family, chose to create her own work, creating the New World Youth Chamber Orchestra, which met for its first rehearsal that November with just string sections and a few woodwind players. … The New World Youth Symphony Orchestra became the flagship of an organization now comprising three orchestras for youths through high school. … Kitterman gradually built a network of supporters for her organization, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. ISO endorsement has not only provided coaches and mentors to New World members, but also office space (it’s a tenant at Symphony Centre) and the rehearsal and performance space of the Hilbert Circle Theatre. ‘It’s not an official relationship, but they’re an important part of the musical landscape. It’s a close friendship,’ said Simon Crookall, ISO president and CEO. The ISO benefits from the connection because New World ‘members might be members of professional orchestras somewhere in the future,’ said Crookall.”

Posted December 7, 2011