Youth Symphony

Maestro Joseph Giunta, conductor

The DMSYO Youth Symphony provides a unique orchestral experience for advanced high-school musicians in Central Iowa. Under the guidance of Maestro Joseph Giunta, Music Director and Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Symphony provides the only full orchestral experience for pre-professional musicians in the Des Moines area.

Participation in this group promotes a top-notch musical experience through the study and performance of standard orchestral repertoire and contemporary works. The Youth Symphony performs at least two concerts during their season.

Membership is open to dedicated high school musicians playing standard orchestral instruments.

Grades: 10-12
Tuition: $450 for the 2018-2019 season
Recommended string ability levels:

  • Suzuki books 7+
  • Shifting past 5th position for all violins and violas
  • Thumb position knowledge and harmonics for cello and bass
  • Ability to play in all keys

Rehearsals are held at The Temple for Performing Arts.

Please contact Joshua Barlage, Academy Managing Director, at 515.280.3332 or email for more information about Youth Symphony.