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 2018 Summer Programs are now available.  See below for specific program information!

To Register for a 2018 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

Learn more about our Beginning Strings Summer Semester


Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2018

Instructors: Symphony Academy Faculty
Dates: Mon –Fri Jul 9 –13
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (drop-off/pick-up times: 8:45-9:00am/5:00-5:15pm)
Location: Various studios
Camp Tuition: $320
Registration Deadline has been extended to May 20, 2018.

Tuition Includes: one private lessons with an Academy Faculty member, 10+ hours of chamber coaching, daily theory lessons, music enrichment courses, daily workshops, performances by Des Moines Symphony Academy Faculty, a finale concert and a Des Moines Symphony Academy Chamber T-Shirt.

An Audition is required for this Camp:
Auditions will take place on May 9, 4-6 pm at The Temple for Performing Arts. If you are unable to audition on this date, please email to schedule an alternative audition time.
Auditioning Musicians will be asked to play:
3-4 minutes of a performance piece|
2 scales (please choose two scales that showcase different finger positions and shifting – if applicable)

NOTE: Due to allergy health concerns, the Symphony Academy will not provide any food for this camp.  Camp musicians are asked to please provide a nut-free snack and lunch for each camp day.

Registration for our Strings Chamber Camp is Now Closed

String Chamber Camp FAQ

Instructors: Kaarin Faase & Francine Griffith
Dates: Mon-Fri, Jun 25 – 29
Time: 9:00 – 9:45 am (3 – 4 year olds)
10:00 – 10:45 (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 Monday, July 1. 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. A mural will grow through the course of the week, as children illustrate their favorite instruments and add them to an orchestra on stage.

Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Tue Jun 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue Jun 26 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.
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form

Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Jul 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Performance: Tue Jul 31 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.
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form

Instructors: Matt Meyer & Michele Senger
Dates: Mon-Fri Aug 13-17 and Mon Aug 20
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Performance: Mon Aug 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Tuition per musician: $105, includes (6) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 musicians per ensemble

Rosin up those bows for our Summer String Orchestra Camp. Participating musicians will work with Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras 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+
MINIMUM PLAYING REQUIREMENTS – Musicians must have completed at least one full year of school orchestra or private lessons instruction to participate.
Symphony Academy 2018 Summer Program Registration Form