Maya Kilburn with Carmel Symphony

Fifteen-year-old violinist Maya Kilburn will be the featured guest artist with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m. during the innaugural Clay Township Presents Side-by-Side Concert at the Palladium. Kilburn is from Muncie, Indiana, and took first place honors in the CSO‘s 38th Young Artists Competition. The concert also includes the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra, who will open the performance with Stravinsky‘s “The Inferno Dance.” The group will also perform three movements of Dvorak‘s “New World Symphony” with the CSO.

Kilburn was surprised

“Honestly, I was pretty surprised when I was announced as first prize,” says Kilburn. “I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m playing my dream piece with the orchestra. I hope that I can make the performance so special that the audience connects to the music right away and loves the piece just as much as I do.” Kilburn also receives a scholarship award of $1000, made possible by the generous sponsorship from the Meridian Music. She will be performing Tchaikovsky‘s “Violin Concerto in D Major.”

Studies at I.U.

Kilburn, who has played violin since age four, currently studies under Mimi Zweig at Indiana University Jacobs School String Academy, after first working with Anna Vayman and Chin Mi Kim. The daughter of a pianist and singer, she knew from the beginning that music would always be a big part of her life, and plans to have a career as a professional violin soloist and would love to study at The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, or one of the great music conservatories.

Tickets and information

Purchase tickets at, or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.


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