Classes & Programs

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

Winter Flute Choir 2018

Calling all fabulous flutists!  We invited to join the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Winter Flute Choir, which will include two fabulous performances!  Flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes will perform festive winter and holiday music with percussionists, strings, and vocalists. Open to all high school flutists.  Audition may be required.

New members may be required to audition.

Instructor: Anne Steinflutes_920320
Grades: 9-12
Dates: November 4, 11, 18, and December 2, 2018
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: 4th Floor Recital Hall, The Temple For Performing Arts
NOTE: Rehearsal on Nov 4 will take place in the 2nd Floor Chamber Music Studio at The Temple for Performing Arts
Tuition: $100

To Register:
Review our Summer/Winter Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies, then return a completed Winter Flute Choir Registration Form or call 515.280.3332 to register by phone.

Symphony Academy 2018 Summer.Winter Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2018

Symphony Academy 2018 Winter Flute Choir Registration Form

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Adult Classes

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Join Dr. Eric Saylar of Drake University for four informal and enjoyable classes that introduce you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2019-2020 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.

2019-2020 Class Dates:
Wed Sep 18, Wed Nov 6
Wed Feb 5, Wed Apr 15
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 provides young, aspiring musicians with their first instructional experience on violin, viola or cello. Beginning Strings classes are offered for young musicians as young as 4 years of age.

Classes are offered in four semesters yearly—Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each 9-week semester consists of weekly 45-minute 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.

To Receive a copy of our next semester’s class schedule, please contact Amanda Drish, Beginning Strings Program Manager, at amanda@dmsymphony.org. 

2018-2019 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester – Sep 17 through Nov 10, 2018
Winter Semester – Jan 7 through Mar 9, 2019
Spring Semester – Mar 25 through May 25, 2019
Summer Semester – Jun 3 through Aug 1, 2019

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 will not be made up.  Classes missed due to Instructor absence will be made up. Make-ups for missed classes due to student absence will be made-up at the discretion of Amanda Drish, BSP Manager.

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 Piano)

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s pre-piano classes provide students, ages 3-7 years old with the knowledge and skills for a lifelong appreciation of music. During each of our weekly 45-minute classes, your child will learn music fundamentals through discovery-based activities in a nurturing, exploratory environment. Fundamentals include reading musical notation, singing and moving to music, ensemble playing, improvisation, ear training, conducting and a relaxed piano technique.

Parent participation is not necessary during class time; however, the pre-piano class curriculum is simple and easy to learn, so if you have some musical training, you can enjoy making music side-by-side with your child at home. The music from each lesson will be familiar and fun for both you and your child, coming from a rich heritage of nursery rhymes, folk songs and original compositions.

Group Lessons for Young Beginners schedules classes in (3) 9-week semesters (Fall, Winter, and Spring), with shorter 3 or 4-week sessions in December, June and July.

Group Lessons for Young Beginners is a sequence of three pre-piano music classes. Level one, POCO PIANO, is for Children ages three or four years old with no previous music instruction. Level two, PRESTO PIANO, is for Children age four years old who completed the Poco Piano level or for Children ages five or six years old with no previous music instruction. Level three, PIANO PARTNERS, is for Graduates of the Presto Piano level and help students move successfully into private lessons by participating in both private and group instruction during the 45-minute class.

Our class schedule accommodates young musicians enrolled in either morning or afternoon pre-school programs.

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

2018-2019 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester – Sep 17 through Nov 10, 2018
Winter Semester – Jan 7 through Mar 9, 2019
Spring Semester – Mar 25 through May 25, 2019
Summer Semester – (4) week sessions in June, July and August 2019

CLASS SCHEDULES – Register Today!
We will be offering evening and weekend classes for our Summer Sessions.  To register for summer classes, please complete a registration form and return it to Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at joshua@dmsymphony.org.
Des Moines Symphony Academy Group Lessons for Young Beginners Summer Registration Form

2018-2019 GROUP LESSONS TUITION, ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SAFETY POLICY
Des Moines Symphony Academy 2018-2019 Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Aug 2018
 

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 will not be made up.  Classes missed due to Instructor absence will be made up. Make-ups for missed classes due to student absence will be made-up at the discretion of the Instructor.

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. To inquire about attending, please contact Joshua Barlage, Symphony Academy Managing Director, at 515.280.3332 or joshua@dmsymphony.org.

2019 Concert Dates:
Wed Mar 13 at 10:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
Wed Mar 13 at 12:00 p.m. (Limited Availability)
Des Moines Civic Center

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.

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.
2019 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 2019

Peter Boyer – Ellis Island: The Dream of America for Actors & Orchestra
Learn more about the stories included in Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island
Ellis Island – Going to America-My Bonnie Games
Ellis Island – Peter Boyer Interactive Tour
Ellis Island Questions and Reflection
Going to America Game Directions
Pack a Suitcase

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”
New World Symphony – Active Listening

Bernstein Overture to Candide
Overture to Candide – Bernstein
Orchestra Instrument Family Shout-Out Game

Ives Variations on “America”
Variations on America Theme and Variations 3-part plan
Variations Chart
Variations on America – Movement
Variations on America Movement Directions

Audience Participation 
Also, students (and teachers!!) will the have the opportunity to participate in a sing along of My, Country ‘Tis of Thee with the Des Moines Symphony at our Youth Concerts. Music for this patriotic tune can be found in the Teacher’s Resource Guide.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
Active Listening For Your Information
Vocabulary for Musical Elements


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.

Bernstein Overture to Candide
London Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conducting

Ives Variations on “America”
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Eugene Ormandy, conducting

Peter Boyer  Ellis Island: The Dream of America for Actors and Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra

Peter Boyer, conducting 
Prologue

Words of Helen Cohen

Words of James Aponomith

Words of Katherine Beychok

Epilogue “The New Colossus”

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”
Vienna Philharmonic 

Herbert von Karajan, conducting

The 2019 Youth Concerts are made possible in part through the generous support of:

 

 

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Community Outreach

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO

The Des Moines Symphony Academy offers hands-on experiences for children ages 3 and up at area schools and community libraries through our Instrument Petting Zoos. This fun and interactive introduction to a stringed instrument lasts 30 minutes and is designed for up to 15 children to participate at one time. These experiences are offered at no cost to the hosting facility or children in attendance.

During the Petting Zoo, children will explore the following:

  • Listening to the difference between stringed instruments
  • Exploring the different parts of the violin & cello
  • Learning about the instrument’s sounds and dynamics

Their hands-on experience will include:

  • Introductory time on the violin & cello
  • Bowing all four strings
  • Holding the violin & cello on their own

For further questions or to schedule an Instrument Petting Zoo at your school or library, please contact Amanda Drish, Manager of Beginning Strings & Community Connections, at amanda@dmsymphony.org or by phone at 515.280.4000 x4005.

 

PROJECT ENCORE

Amanda Drish, Director

Project Encore, the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s one-of-a-kind collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, provides group violin lessons to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. This unique learning opportunity provides students with access to music instruction and instruments at no cost to their families.

In addition to teaching the fundamentals of music, Project Encore emphasize the core values of respect, hard work, time management and peer collaboration. Project Encore is a transformational opportunity that fosters camaraderie and teamwork, and encourages children to remain dedicated to an achievable goal with through hard work and persistence.

Project Encore strives to enrich its students with the lifelong positive benefits of music education. Evidence shows making music transforms the brain in positive and permanent ways such as strengthening the coordination among areas of the brain that develop emotions and memories. Statistically, music students score higher on standardized test exams and have increased problem solving skills. Music education is linked to improved self-esteem and provides a lifetime of enjoyment and enrichment.

To date, Project Encore has provided over 75 children with group violin lessons at the George Washington Carver Community School thanks to the vision and generosity of Harry Bookey & Pamela Bass-Bookey and Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt.

For more information about Project Encore, please contact Amanda Drish, Manager of Beginning Strings & Community Connections, at amanda@dmsymphony.org or by phone at 515.280.4000 x4005.

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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.

STRINGS SUMMER CAMP
The Des Moines Symphony Academy is excited to announce our 13th Annual Strings Summer Camp, August 5-9, 12 & 13, 2019!  We are thrilled that this year’s camp will not only focus on orchestra music but chamber music as well.  We are auditioning for all stringed instruments, including piano. Piano student applicants will work on pieces for multiple hands during orchestra rehearsal.

Camp will be a full 7 days from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm culminating with performances at 4:30 on Monday, August 12 & 4:30 on Tuesday, August 13!  Your child will have the opportunity to work with top industry professionals.  There will be Alexander Technique workshops, private lessons, rhythm workshops, theory classes, team building exercises and so much more!

Registration:
Registration is Open Until June 5 for Full Day Camp and July 15 for Orchestra-Only Camp
Camp Dates: August 5-9, 12 & 13 (M-F, M & Tu)
Camp Hours: 9:00-5:00
Camp Tuition: $489
Requirements: 1 year of private lessons or more & ages 7-18.
Location: Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Open registration for this camp has closed.  To schedule an audition for the full camp, please contact Amanda Drish at 515.280.4000 x4005 or amanda@dmsymphony.org.

Orchestra-Only Portion
Can’t attend the full day camp?  Join us for the Orchestra portion only.  Orchestra will meet Mon-Fri Aug 5-9 and Mon Aug 12 from 9:00am-12:15pm.
Performance: Mon Aug 12 at 4:30pm
Performance Location: 4th Floor Grand Hall
Tuition: $150
Registration:
To register for the Orchestra-Only portion of our Strings Summer Camp, please complete a Summer Program Registration Form and return it to Joshua Barlage at joshua@dmsymphony.org or mail your completed form to the Symphony Academy at 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Symphony Academy 2019 Summer Programs Registration Form
Symphony Academy 2019 Summer Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2019

Auditions Required for Full Day Camp:
Audition Fee: $20
Audition Material: 2 scales & 3 minutes of a performance piece.  You do not need to have an accompanist and you do not need to perform from memory.
Auditions can be scheduled individually or submitted via email.  To schedule or submit an audition for the full camp, please contact Amanda Drish at 515.280.4000 x4005 or amanda@dmsymphony.org.

Tuition Includes:
1 – private lessons with an Academy faculty member
14+ hours of chamber coaching
14+ hours of orchestra rehearsal
Daily theory lessons
Music enrichment courses
Daily musicality workshops
Performances by Des Moines Symphony Academy Faculty
Two finale concerts (orchestra & chamber)
Des Moines Symphony Academy T-Shirt

 

INTRO TO FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Tue Jun 4, 11, 18 and 25
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue Jun 25 at 7:30pm
Location: 4th Floor Recital Hall
Grades 6-8
Tuition: $95, 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 Symphony Academy Flute Choirs.  New members may be required to audition.

 

FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Jul 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Performance: Tue Jul 30 at 8:00pm
Location 4th Floor Grand Hall
Grades 9-12
Tuition:  $135, includes (4) 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.   Our Flute Choir Workshop will include a final concert and possible casual performances in summer settings.  New members may be required to audition.

 

YANKEE DOODLE POPCORN POPS CAMP
Instructors: Kaarin Fasse & Francine Griffith
Dates: Mon-Fri, Jun 17 – 21
Time: 9:00 – 9:45 am (3 – 4 year olds)
10:00 – 10:45am (5 – 6 year olds)
Location: Chamber Studio (2nd floor)
Tuition per musician: $ 85, includes (5) 45-minute sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 students per class

Come enjoy a week full of musical fun in preparation for the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops performance on Wednesday, July 3. Each day is devoted to one instrument family; allowing children to perform hands-on experiments, hear and meet live musicians, play themed games, and enjoy a snack and story.
Symphony Academy 2019 Yankee Doodle Popcorn Pops Camp Poster

Symphony Academy 2019 Summer Programs Registration Form
Symphony Academy 2019 Summer Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2019

To Register for a 2019 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

 

 

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