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.

We are please to announce our first scheduled Camp for Summer 2019.  Additional summer programs will be announced in the near future.

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 is Open: Now –  Friday, April 5, 2019
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
For registration CLICK HERE!

Auditions are required as enrollment is limited. Auditions will take place on April 9 & 13, 2019.
Audition times for April 9th: 6:15-7:30pm
Audition times for April 13: 12:00-3:00pm
Location: Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Non-refundable audition fee: $20
To sign up for an audition time CLICK HERE!
If you are unable to make either of these dates please email to set up an alternative audition time.

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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To Register for a 2019 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