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 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


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.

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.

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.

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!

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+

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.