Classes & Programs

The Symphony Academy offers classes and programs for kids and adults of all ages.

JoAnn Falletta Maestra Class

Sat Jan 28, 2017
Des Moines Civic Center
Des Moines, Iowa

JoAnn FallettaJoin us for a daylong event designed for Conductors and featuring world-renowned Conductor JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. 

This event is presented in conjunction with Ms. Falletta’s appearance as Guest Conductor with the Des Moines Symphony.

Maestra Class Schedule of Events:

10:00am-12:30pm – Observe Ms. Falletta in a rehearsal setting by attending her morning dress rehearsal with the Des Moines Symphony.

2:00-4:00pm – Share in a thought provoking afternoon session led by Ms. Falletta with lively discussion topics to include the roles of being a Music Director and a Guest Conductor and the repertoire for Ms. Falletta’s concert with the Des Moines Symphony.

7:30pm – Finish your day by attending the Des Moines Symphony’s Cathedrals of Sound.  Each registered participant will receive a complimentary ticket to the Saturday evening performance. Note: Registrations must be received by Fri Jan 20 in order to receive a complimentary ticket for the concert.  

            BRAHMS  Academic Festival Overture
            William BOLCOLM  Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet
            BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”

This event is free to attend but registration is required.  To register to attend this event, please return a completed JoAnn Falletta Maestra Class Registration Form to Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org or mail your registration form to Des Moines Symphony Academy, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

joann-falletta-maestra-class-registration-form

Ms. Falletta’s performances are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Nixon Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen.

Our JoAnn Falletta Maestra Class is sponsored by the Gardner & Florence Call Cowles Foundation.

 

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Adult Classes

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Join Dr. Eric Saylor (pictured) for four informal and enjoyable classes that introduce you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2015-2016 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations.

2016-2017 Class Dates:
Wed Sep 21, Wed Oct 26
Wed Jan 25, Wed Mar 1
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Cost:
$15 per class
Location: The Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street

Please contact Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, Symphony Academy at Joshua@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.3332 for more information or to register for an Adult Class.

 

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Beginning Strings Program

BGCI Violin Lessons PhotoThe Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Beginning Strings Program will provide young, aspiring musicians ages 4 and 5 years old with their first instructional experience on violin, viola or cello.

Group classes will be offered in four semesters yearly—Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer—each semester consisting of nine weeks of 45 minute weekly classes culminating in a large group class taking place during the tenth week, which will provide students with ensemble experience early on in the learning process.  Students may join at the start of any semester.

The Symphony Academy Beginning Strings Program is designed for students to enter the program at age four or five and continue on until they are prepared to begin private lessons at the Symphony Academy and participate in the Symphony Academy Youth Orchestras program. When they move into private studios, they will have all of the skills necessary to move forward with productive weekly private lessons and to be fully participatory members of the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Classes are offered at The Temple for Performing Arts and area locations.

CLASS SCHEDULES
To receive a copy of our next semester’s class schedule, please e-mail Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

2016-2017 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester: week of  September 12 – November 7, 2016
Winter Semester: week of January 2 – February 27, 2017
Spring Semester: week of March 20 – May 15, 2017

2016-2017 GROUP LESSONS TUITION, ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SAFETY POLICIES
2016-2017 Symphony Academy Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Jul 2016

 

CANCELLATIONS, MAKE-UPS & REFUNDS

Classes that do not enroll the required minimum number of students 5 days prior to class convening may be cancelled. Students that have paid for a cancelled class will receive a refund or may apply credit to another class or private lesson.

Any class missed due to inclement weather or faculty absence will be made up. No other make-ups will be offered.

If a family needs to drop a class, the Des Moines Symphony Academy will consider refunding the classes missed if dropped within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

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Group Lessons for Young Beginners

Group Lessons for Young Beginners is a sequence of three pre-piano music classes for 3-6 year olds.  Students must have celebrated their 3rd birthday before enrolling in their first semester of Group Lessons for Young Beginners.

OFFERINGS

Level one, POCO PIANO is for
Children age three or four years old who have had no previous music instruction.

Level two, PRESTO PIANO is for
Children age four years old who have completed the Poco Piano level or ages five or six years old with no previous music instruction

Level three, PIANO PARTNERS is for
Graduates of our Presto Piano level. Piano Partners is specially designed to help students gain the necessary music fundamentals for a successful transition into private instrumental instruction.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s pre-piano class curriculum will enrich your children’s knowledge and skills for a lifelong appreciation of music. During each of our weekly 45-minute classes your child will learn musical fundamentals through discovery-based activities within a nurturing, exploratory environment.  These fundamentals include reading musical notation, singing and moving to music, ensemble playing, improvisation, ear training and the mechanics of piano technique.

Parent participation is not necessary during class time. However, the Pre-piano class curriculum has been developed so you the parent or caregiver with some musical training can share in the fun of making music side-by-side with your child at home. The music used in class will be familiar to both you and your child having been carefully chosen from a rich heritage of nursery rhymes, folk songs and original compositions.

Group Lessons for Young Beginners is offered in (3) 9-week semesters (Fall, Winter and Spring), with shorter 3-week sessions in December, June and July.

Our class schedule is arranged to accommodate young musicians enrolled in either morning or afternoon pre-school programs.

All Group Lessons for Young Beginners classes are held in our Group Lessons Studio, 2nd floor at The Temple for Performing Arts

Class availability is subject to change.  Class enrollment is confirmed one week prior to the start of a given semester.

2016-2017 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester: week of  September 12 – November 7, 2016
Winter Semester: week of January 2 – February 27, 2017
Spring Semester: week of March 20 – May 15, 2017

CLASS SCHEDULES
To be placed on our class interest list to receive a copy of our next semester’s Class Schedule, please e-mail Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

2016-2017 GROUP LESSONS TUITION, ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SAFETY POLICY
2016-2017 Symphony Academy Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Jul 2016
 

CANCELLATIONS, MAKE-UPS & REFUNDS

Classes that do not enroll the required minimum number of students 5 days prior to class convening may be cancelled. Students that have paid for a cancelled class will receive a refund or may apply credit to another class or private lesson.

Any class missed due to inclement weather or faculty absence will be made up. No other make-ups will be offered.

If a family needs to drop a class, the Des Moines Symphony Academy will consider refunding the classes missed if dropped within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

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Youth Concerts

Youth Concerts

Central Iowa fourth and fifth graders will experience the power and beauty of a full symphony orchestra at these specially designed youth concerts. For most students, this is their first exposure to live, orchestral music. Thousands of students attend this concert each year. Reservations are required.

2017 Concert Dates:

Tue Mar 7, 2017 at 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Wed Mar 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

Our 2017 Youth Concerts will have limited seating due to the closing of the Grand Avenue and Walnut Street Bridges.  Registration is currently open only to schools who attended our 2016 Youth Concerts.  We will open registration to new schools once seating for our returning schools have been confirmed.

Cost: $3.50/person (1 complimentary teacher/chaperone ticket per 20 students)

Youth Concerts School Credit Card Authorization Form

Teachers, please visit the Connecting Kids and Culture website for information on securing transportation funding as well as curriculum connections.

The 2017 Youth Concerts are made possible in part through the generous support of:

PRE-CONCERT MATERIALS FOR REGISTERED SCHOOLS

TEACHER’S RESOURCE GUIDE – Our Teacher’s Resource Guide has been prepared to provide helpful information about your student’s upcoming concert experience.
2017 Teacher’s Resource Guide

SUGGESTED LESSON PLANS
– The following lessons plans have been prepared by Kendra Leisinger.  Ms. Leisinger is an Elementary General Music Teacher in the Ankeny School District.
A Note to Music Educators
Beethoven Symphony No 5 – Motif Lesson Plan
Baba Yaga from Pictures at an Exhibition – Creative Thinking Lesson Plan
Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition – Creative Movement Lesson Plan
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition – Meter and Rhythm Lesson Plan
Symphony In Sculpture – Active Listening Lesson Plan
Music Adjectives for Mood and Feelings
Response Recorder Template

LISTENING EXCERPTS – The following video clips will provide listening examples of pieces you and your student will hear performed live at  our Youth Concerts.  These video clips have been carefully chosen as historic and famous performances by leading conductors and orchestras.

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Allegro con brio
Simon Bolivar Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel, conducting


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
Rotterdam Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev, conducting


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, The Hunt on Fowl’s Legs
Chicago Symphony
Sir Georg Solti, conducting


Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, 
The Great Gate of Kiev
Chicago Symphony
Sir Georg Solti, conducting

Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture, Ancient Forest
Des Moines Symphony

Joseph Giunta, conducting


Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture,
Post-Balzac
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting


Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture, 
Nomade
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting


Heitzeg Symphony In Sculpture II, 
Panoramic awareness pavilion
Des Moines Symphony
Joseph Giunta, conducting

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Summer Programs

The Symphony Academy’s Summer Camps and Workshops are geared to providing a challenging, yet nurturing music learning environment for young musicians at various levels of their musical development. Musicians will gather to make music, improve musicianship and listening skills and work with professional musicians; all while creating lasting friendships.  Students should expect to be challenged through new experiences with fellow players.  Instructors will give participants encouragement and a fresh perspective.  Previous enrollment in Symphony Academy programs is not required; students from all schools and private teachers are welcome! Fill your summer with musical memories at the Des Moines Symphony Academy.

Our 2016 Summer Programs are now available.  See below for specific program information!

To Register for a 2016 Summer Program, please complete a Summer Program Registration Form and return it to Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org or mail a completed form to:

Des Moines Symphony Academy
The Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, Suite 400
Des Moines, IA 50309

Symphony Academy 2016 Summer Program Registration Form Rev Apr 4, 2016
Symphony Academy 2016 Summer Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2016

2016 SUMMER PROGRAMS DATES AND DESCRIPTIONS

WORLD MUSIC CAMP FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS
Instructors: Kaarin Fasse & Francine Griffith
Dates: Mon-Fri, Jun 20-24, 2016
Time: 9:00-9:45 a.m. (3-4 year olds)
10:00-10:45 a.m. (5-6 year olds)
Performance: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room
Tuition per musician: $65, includes (5) 45-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 musicians per class

Participants will learn the music of different countries from around the world.  They will make instruments, play music and play games incorporating the music from all over the globe.  No prior musical experience required.

INTRO TO FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Tue May 3, 10, 17 and 23, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue, May 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Grades 6-8
Tuition: $90, includes (4) 60-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Do you love playing the flute?  Come join other flute enthusiasts for our Intro to Flute Choir Workshop!  This class will offer middle school flutists an opportunity to gain experience as an ensemble player which enhances a flutist’s individual musical development.  Students will learn how to use different tonal colors and listen for blend, balance, and intonation as well as developing their technique in fingering, articulation, breathing, and embouchure.  Participants will have the opportunity to play alto flute and bass flute.  Repertoire includes traditional rounds, classical, and jazzy pieces. The class will prepare students to play in the upper level Des Moines Symphony Academy Flute Choirs.  New members may be required to audition.

FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Tue May 31 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Performance: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Location Grand Hall
Grades 9-12
Tuition:  $130, includes (5) 90-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Savor your “flute flavor” with other flute fanatics.  We will explore music arranged and composed specifically for flute choir.  Participants will have the opportunity to play alto and bass flutes.   Performances will include a final concert and possible casual performances in summer settings.  New members may be required to audition.

BRASS ENSEMBLE CAMP
Instructors: Casey Maday
Dates: Mon-Thr, Jun 13-16, 2016
Times: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jun 16, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Hall
Grades 7-12
Tuition: $95, includes (4) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8

Attention all Middle and High School brass players!  Are you interested in keeping your chops in shape before marching band season begins?  Do you want to gain the necessary skills to move to the head of your squad or section?  Well, our Summer Brass Camp is the place to be this June.  Led by Symphony Academy faculty member and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra Trombonist Casey Maday, our Summer Brass Ensemble Camp will provide brass players with the fundamentals of a proper warm-up, techniques to maximum you practice time and the chance to play some of the greatest brass music in the repertoire.  Catch the “buzz” this June at our Summer Brass Ensemble Camp!

STRING ORCHESTRA CAMP
Instructors: Matt Meyer & Michele Senger
Dates: Mon-Thr, Aug 15-18 & Mon-Tue, Aug 22 & 23, 2016
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Tuition per musician: $100, includes (6) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 musicians per ensemble

Rosin up those bows for our Summer String Orchestra Camp.  Participants will work with Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra conductors on challenging, age-appropriate repertoire for string orchestra.

Program Overview: (2) Large Ensemble Orchestral Program
Ensemble 1 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 1-4
Ensemble 2 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 5+

HARP CAMP
Instructor: Mary Foss
Dates: Mon – Thr, Jul 11-14, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Tuition: $120 per musician, includes (4) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 4
Beginning, intermediate and advanced harpists are welcome!  This course is a great way to learn ensemble techniques, listening skills, phrasing and tuning using intervals.  Students will rehearse ensemble repertoire, which will be mailed prior to the first class.  Styles covered include classical, Celtic, and jazz.  Players will perform solo repertoire for critique.  We encourage you to bring your own instrument.  For more info or to arrange to use a harp, please contact Mary Foss at 515.480-3275.

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