Classes & Programs

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

Winter Flute Choir 2019

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 3, 10, 17, and December 1, 2019
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Chamber Music Studio, The Temple For Performing Arts
Tuition: $105

To Register, please 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 2019 Winter Flute Choir Registration Form

Symphony Academy 2019 Summer.Winter Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2019

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Alexander Technique Program – New!

Anita Mischuk, Instructor

F.M. Alexander discovered that we often interrupt our innate coordination and lose our natural support, ease, and joy in playing our instrument.  He used this found knowledge to develope tools for transforming tension, fatigue, and pain into useful energy.

In this series of classes, students will be given tools to access this innate coordination, explore personal use patterns and habits and learn to make new choices that provide ease of motion, increase technical proficiency and access artistry.  Classes are open to all ages and designed for those who are interested in using Alexander Technique concepts to ease pain, prevent injury and promote general well-being.

Alexander Technique classes will be held in 5-week sessions and will take place in our Chamber Music Studio, 2nd floor at The Temple for Performing Arts.

2019-2020 SESSION DATES 
Fall Session – Nov 7 through Dec 12, 2019
Winter Session – Jan 16 through Feb 13, 2020
Spring Session I – Mar 5 through Apr 9, 2020
Spring Session II – Apr 23 through May 21, 2020

CLASS SCHEDULES – Register Today!
Our Fall Semester Class Schedule is now available.  A full listing of our Fall classes can be found on our Alexander Technique Registration Form below.
Des Moines Symphony Academy Alexander Technique 2019-2020 Registration Form

To register, please complete a registration form and return it to Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at joshua@dmsymphony.org.

2019-2020 GROUP LESSONS TUITION, ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SAFETY POLICY
Des Moines Symphony Academy 2019-2020 Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Aug 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 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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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.

Register for Winter Semester Classes 

2019-2020 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester – Sep 16 through Nov 16, 2019
Winter Semester – Jan 6 through Mar 9, 2020
Spring Semester – Mar 30 through May 30, 2020

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.

2019-2020 SEMESTER DATES 
Fall Semester – Sep 16 through Nov 16, 2019
Winter Semester – Jan 6 through Mar 9, 2020
Spring Semester – Mar 23 through May 23, 2020
Summer Semester – (4) week sessions in June, July and August 2020

CLASS SCHEDULES – Register Today!
Our Fall Semester Class Schedule is now available.  A full listing of our Fall Semester classes can be found on our Group Lessons for Young Beginners Registration Form below.
To register for Fall Semester 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 Fall Semester Registration Form Rev Sep.3.2019

2019-2020 GROUP LESSONS TUITION, ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SAFETY POLICY
Des Moines Symphony Academy 2019-2020 Group Lessons Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Aug 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 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.

2020 Concert Dates:
Tue Mar 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Wed Mar 4 at 10:15 a.m.
Des Moines Civic Center

Concert Program:
MUSSORGSKY/Rimsky-Korsakov  A Nigh on Bald Mountain
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 8, Mvt. 2
Steve HEITZEG  Excerpts from Symphony In Sculpture I, II and III

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.

PreConcert materials including a Teacher’s Resource Guide, Suggested Lesson Plans and Listening Expcerpts are provided for all registered schools.

 

Our 2020 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)
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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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