Center for Performing Arts names new VP of development


By Rick Morwick

Michael Pettry, longtime director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, has been named vice president of development for the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.


In his administrative role with the ISC, where he had served since 2006, Pettry was instrumental in raising its national profile and dramatically increasing its annual revenue and budget.

An Indianapolis resident, Pettry looks forward to doing the same for the Center for the Performing Arts.

“The arts and culture have been a key part of my entire life,” said Pettry, a Lafayette native who has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Ball State University and a master’s degree in music conducting from Butler University. “Growing up in Indiana and studying piano since childhood, I know firsthand how important the arts are.

“The arts entertain us, they broaden our perspective on life, they build community. The arts are core to celebrations, mourning, special occasions and, of course, are vital to a well-rounded education.”

Beginning next month, Pettry, 35, will supervise all development and fundraising activities for the Center and the Great American Songbook Foundation, nonprofit organizations based at The Palladium. In his position with the ISC, he has produced special events, managed domestic and international donor cultivation tours and coordinated national and regional television broadcasts.

In addition, Pettry is a member of The Recording Academy and president of the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators.

“Michael’s experience and skill set are ideal for this vital position in our operation,” Jeffrey C. McDermott, president/CEO of the Center and the Foundation, stated in a press release. “He knows music, he understands our mission and he has a great perspective on the regional and national landscape of arts funding and philanthropy.”

Pettry relishes the opportunity to enhance the Center’s offerings.

“The strong and truly remarkable programming of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation are exactly what makes life ‘zing’ with energy,” Pettry said. “The opportunity to join the team, with a focus on building our base fundraising support, provides me with a chance to serve the Center and our and region’s cultural landscape.”


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