Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta inducted into Mid-America Music Association Hall of Fame

April 14, 2015


Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: April 14, 2015

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta inducted into Mid-America Music Association Hall of Fame Iowa LLC

DES MOINES, IOWA – Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta has been inducted into the Mid-America Music Association Hall of Fame Iowa LLC (MAMA Hall of Fame). Giunta, along with Iowa native and opera singer Simon Estes, became the first inductees into the organization’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony this past weekend at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

One of America’s most distinguished, versatile and dynamic conductors, Joseph Giunta is a musician of international acclaim. He is recognized as an important American conductor for his innovative programming and for his compelling interpretations of traditional as well as new music. His musical depth combined with his boundless energy and contagious enthusiasm makes him one of the most respected and successful orchestra leaders in the United States.

Giunta has been the Music Director of the Des Moines Symphony for twenty-six seasons and is currently riding the crest of the most successful era in the Orchestra’s rich history. He has transformed the Orchestra into one of the finest regional orchestras in America.

Highlights of Giunta’s tenure in Des Moines include a live recording of all nine Beethoven Symphonies and a recording with internationally renowned pianist Earl Wild on the Chesky Records label. He inaugurated the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, which is now, after 21 years, the largest single day concert event in Iowa, attended by more than 100,000 people each July. In 2003, he also developed the Symphony Academy, housed in The Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines. The Symphony Academy currently has more than 470 students enrolled in private lessons, chamber music, and three Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras. Read more about Giunta here.

The Mid-America Music Association Hall of Fame is a newly-formed organization whose mission it is recognize, remember and honor the people and places that have had an impact on the music in Iowa. MAMA was formed to preserve the history of music, as well as to ensure that music has continued support in the future.

For questions or to interview Joseph Giunta, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $3 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, Pops concerts including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which for the past several years attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-