Center welcomes new executive

2/15/2018 2:14:20 PM

New VP of Development brings substantial
experience in arts administration, fundraising

The Center for the Performing Arts has chosen an experienced arts administrator to be its new Vice President of Development.

Michael Pettry has served since 2006 as executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, which he guided to national recognition and a six-fold increase in annual revenue and budget.

In March, he will begin overseeing all development and fundraising activities for the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation, permanently affiliated nonprofit organizations based at the Palladium in Carmel. His priorities will include cultivating individual and institutional financial support and forging relationships nationwide to enhance the resources, visibility and impact of the two organizations.

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

In his current post, Pettry has produced special events, managed domestic and international donor cultivation tours and coordinated national and regional television broadcasts. He is a member of The Recording Academy and president of the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators.

He recently was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2018 Forty Under 40 list of rising local professionals. Among other honors, he was selected for the 2016 class of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series and was a 2017 finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest.

A native of Indiana, Pettry holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Ball State University and a master’s degree in music conducting from Butler University.