Carmel Symphony’s new executive director, percussionist Cara Pittenger

Posted on: November 16, 2021

“Music has been a part of Cara Pittenger’s life since age 2, so it’s only fitting that the Noblesville resident is the new executive director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra,” writes Anna Sklinner in Sunday’s (11/14) Current (Carmel, IN). “Pittenger, 37, began her role in August. When she was 2, Pittenger started playing the piano. She switched to percussion when she reached middle school…. ‘I was told girls shouldn’t be percussionists. I got to hit things for fun.’ Pittenger … earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in percussion performance [and] taught at public schools for six years before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where she played in the 38th Infantry Division Band for six years…. In the summer of 2019, Pittenger became the personnel manager for the CSO…. In August 2020, she became the CSO’s director of operations. ‘Then our executive director left in October 2020, so I was the only one here in the office while we performed all year, and then I became executive director in August 2021,’ she said…. Pittenger’s favorite instrument … is the marimba…. She also still plays piano…. Pittenger said she plays in other orchestras when she can, typically with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.”