February 6, 2019

Alexander Technique Workshop

The Des Moines Symphony Academy is pleased to announce a special opportunity for students to participate in an Alexander Technique workshop. On Thursday, February 14th , we will be hosting a workshop led by world renown master teacher of the Alexander Technique, Robyn Avalon. The workshop will take place in the Recital Hall at the Temple for Performing Arts from 4:30-6:00. The cost will be $20 for Academy students and $25 for non-Academy students. One student reservation reserves a FREE spot for a parent, too!

Please RSVP Here to reserve your spot!

The Alexander Technique is a practical hands-on study of the principles of coordination, movement, habit, and awareness. Alexander Technique is great for high-performing individuals who are looking to deepen or bring their performance abilities and results to the next level.  This work is for anyone in any craft whose body accumulates stress due to their work.  This often comes in handy to help alleviate pain or stress caused by practicing.

Robyn Avalon is the founder of the Musicians Wellness Program at Meadowmount School of Music, teaching the world’s top young musicians every summer. She offers workshops, classes, and lessons for students and faculty at some of the top music programs, including Juilliard, Curtis, Eastman, Oberlin, CIM, NEC, Thornton, Jacobs, and more. She has taught members of the world’s leading orchestras and chamber groups, including the Berlin Phil, Paris, Firenze, Mainz, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Bremen, Krefeld, Tokyo, ABT, NYC Ballet, Orpheus, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Boston, DC, Pittsburgh, Houston, Chicago, Tokyo String Quartet, Cavan Quartet, New Mexico; and opera orchestras: NYC, Metropolitan, DC, Boston, Santa Fe, Rome, Firenze, Koln, Strasbourg, Paris, Mainz, and more. As a part of her international post-graduate workshops, she teaches Alexander Teachers how to work specifically with musicians, including offering a month-long Alexander Graduate Residency at Meadowmount, specifically for Alexander Teachers to learn how to teach instrumentalists.

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact Amanda Drish, Manager of Beginning Strings & Community Connections and Director of Project Encore at amanda@dmsymphony.org or 515-280-4000 x 4005.

February 4, 2019

Roman Rabinovich Piano Master Class

The Des Moines Symphony Academy is pleased to present a Master Class with pianist Roman Rabinovich on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm. This Master Class will take place at the Des Moines Civic Center, located at 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

This Master Class is open to the public and free to attend and is being presented as part of the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Cowles Collaborative Artist Program.

Performing on this Master Class will be:

Matthew Bourland
RACHMANINOFF  Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36, Allegro agitato
Mr. Bourland is a junior at Iowa State University and a student of Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang

Alec Wood
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 9, Op. 68, “Black Mass”
Mr. Wood is a senior at Grinnell College and a student of Eugene Gaub

Max Cichock
BEETHOVEN  Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”, Largo – Allegro
Mr. Cichock is a senior at Drake University and a student of Dr. Nicholas Roth

Mr. Rabinovich will be featured soloist with the Des Moines Symphony for our Nelson Conducts Bernstein Masterworks Concert on Sat Feb 16 and Sun Feb 17, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Learn more about pianist Roman Rabinovich.


February 1, 2019

Gerard Schwarz Maestro Class

Join us for an event designed for Conductors and featuring celebrated Conductor Gerard Schwarz, Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra and Eastern Music Festival and Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony.

This event is presented in conjunction with Mr. Schwarz’s appearance as Guest Conductor with the Des Moines Symphony.

Maestro Class Schedule of Events:

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Share in a thought provoking conversation led by Mr. Schwarz with lively discussion topics to include the roles of being a Music Director and a Guest Conductor and the repertoire for his concert with the Des Moines Symphony.

7:00 p.m.
Observe Mr. Schwarz in a rehearsal setting by attending that evening’s dress rehearsal with the Des Moines Symphony.

Maestro Class attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the Des Moines Symphony’s Schwarz Conducts Bernstein Masterworks Concert for either Sat Feb 16 or Sun Feb 17, 2019.

BERNSTEIN  Divertimento for Orchestra
PROKOFIEV  Piano Concerto No. 3
SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 2

This event is free to attend but registration is required.


Mr. Schwarz’s performances are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Nixon Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen.  Our Maestro Classes are presented as part of the Symphony Academy’s Cowles Collaborative Artist Program with funding from the Gardner & Florence Call Cowles Foundation.


January 28, 2019

Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert

Experience Star Wars like never before! Jump in the Millennium Falcon and journey to Tatooine, Alderaan and beyond with a complete showing of Star Wars: A New Hope in high-definition, on a giant screen, with John Williams’ Oscar®-winning score played live by the Des Moines Symphony. Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, battles the evil empire and learns the ways of the Force in the iconic film that started it all.


Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music.

November 6, 2018

Julian Schwarz Honors String Quartet Coaching

Join us for a special coaching of our Youth Symphony Honors Strings Quartet with cellist and Des Moines Symphony guest artists Julian Schwarz.  Mr. Schwarz is in Des Moines as featured guest artist with the Des Moines Symphony for our Bernstein’s Famous 1943 Broadcast.  This event is open to the public and free to attend.

Youth Symphony Honors String Quartet
Mary Pshonik, Ensemble Coach
Beau Henson, violin
Olivia Wong, violin
Dorothy Junginger, viola
Joanna Kim, cello